A prize ceremony for the winner of the Smart Village Initiative Poster Competition was organized by the Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) in Karachi. In lieu of his visit to Cambridge University in UK, Mushfiq Ali Khan from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Gahkuch, Giglit Baltistan, was awarded with a laptop and other equipment to help him during his academic journey.
While presenting the welcome note, Dr Shehzad Jeeva, Director, AKU-EB said, “today we all are here to appreciate the efforts of Mushfiq for preparing an exceptional poster which paved his way to the top. Coming from a remote area of Pakistan, an AKU-EB Alumnus, Mushfiq is now studying at one of the most prestigious business schools, the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi on a full scholarship.”
At the occasion, Professor Sir Brian Heap, Former Master of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge and Chief Scientific Advisor, CMEDT shared his views via a video message, “Mushfiq’s poster contained a well-constructed survey of the reasons why access to electricity was problematical in many rural areas including a lack of awareness of the potential offered by solar energy and wind-driven systems. His poster was beautifully constructed, carefully analysed and well balanced. It stimulated great interest yet at the same time was realistic about future prospects.”
In addition to the AKU-EB Senior Management Team, present at the ceremony was Dr Sadrudin Pardhan, Professor Emeritus & Special Advisor to Provost at the Aga Khan University. He noted, “it was not an easy task to assess more than 1000 entries for this poster competition, but the hard work of team AKU-EB made it possible by ensuring the quality standards were met at all levels. I felt thrilled and inspired when I attended the ceremony where the winners had an opportunity to present their work, their prize was the ability to participate and share their achievement with others.”
Aspiring to study at an international university for his Master’s degree, Mushfiq said, “I have always enjoyed learning throughout my academic journey. I had a sound learning experience during this competition, it gave me an opportunity to seek and solve one of the biggest problems in Pakistan. Furthermore, as a winner I am very much delighted to celebrate my learning and the solutions I identified for energy crisis while preparing my poster.”
About SVI: Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) in collaboration with Cambridge Malaysian Education and Development Trust (CMEDT) organised the first ever Smart Village Initiative Challenge in Pakistan by creating a poster presentation on ‘When Ideas Flow Villages Grow’ in year 2015.