21st Sep 2013 Hyderabad: Seven years after the foundation stone was set, the Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad was inaugurated on Friday by Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and Union minister for human resource development Dr M.M. Pallam Raju.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, spiritual leader Aga Khan said that the Maheshwaram campus, which was the first centre of excellence started by the Aga Khan Foundation in India, would be part of 18 academies to be set up across 14 countries in the world. “The Hyderabad Academy is the second to be inaugurated; the next will be in Mombasa and Kenya.
Construction is now underway in Mozambique, Dares Saalam, Bishkek and Dhaka. The other planned sites range from Afghanistan and Tajikistan to Uganda, from Tanzania to the Democratic Republic of Congo, from Madagascar to Mali, from Syria to Pakistan and Portugal.
“When the programme is complete, our students will have the opportunity to speak and learn in Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Dari, Kyrgyz, Bengali, Swahili, Russian, French, English and Portuguese,” said the spiritual leader.