Hyderabad, Telangana, India, 10 April 2015 – Eighteen months after the inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India, His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, reviewed the progress of the school. The Aga Khan toured the campus including the Athletics Centre, the Junior and Senior Schools, and the student residences. In its 18-month tenure, the Aga Khan Academy has already gained a reputation for excellence as evidenced by the high marks achieved by its students in International Baccalaureate exams and a rapid rise in school rankings. For example, it was ranked as the sixth best day-cum-boarding international school in India by the leading education publication Education World.
The Aga Khan Academy was also ranked as the best school in Hyderabad in the same category. The top schools were selected from amongst 913 schools nominated in 25 cities across India. During its inauguration in 2013, His Highness the Aga Khan spoke about his expectation that the Academy’s students would be equally accomplished. “It has become commonplace to talk of an inter-connected planet, with global communities of trade and finance, science and medicine, governance and diplomacy, education and culture,” he said. “It is our intention that our Academy graduates will eventually become accomplished leaders in all of these fields.”
As part of his review, the Aga Khan met several students – and potential future leaders. Kais, a grade 10 student who designed a prototype for a solar-powered car, showcased his work to the Aga Khan and his family. Kais’s fascination with solar technology began when he was in grade 5. The organisers of a solar power exhibition had turned him away believing he was too young. “They felt I wouldn’t be able to understand solar power,” he said. “I was determined to prove them wrong.” The incident piqued his curiosity and led him to his career aspiration of designing solar-powered cars that take advantage of India’s climate.
Grade 11 student Khushboo focused on social change. After she started volunteering in a Telugu-medium girls school in grade 9, she realised students did not get adequate exposure to English outside a handful of lessons each week. She set out to build an English library and reading club in the school to help them improve their English and share her love of reading. “There’s a lot that opens up to you when you read,” said Khushboo. “Books are like another teacher. They provide a stream of knowledge.”
The Academy provides talented girls and boys from all backgrounds with an all-round education of the highest international standards. Students are selected based on merit, irrespective of their ability to pay. Today, over 50 percent of the Academy’s students receive full or partial bursaries to attend.
For further information, please contact: In Hyderabad:
The Aga Khan Academy
Hardware Park Maheshwaram Mandal,
R. R. District,
Hyderabad 500 005,
Tel: +91 40 6629 1310