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The RFS Contingent at the HUII Conference: from left to right: Arisha Chamadia, Aizaz Dosani, Ali Charaniya, Rahim Panjwani, Saif Lakhani, Yasin Lalani, Tanzim Thobani, Sahil Kadiwar, Nizar Mesani and Ashna Dawoodani

In early January, 14 students and young professionals from the India Jamat, were selected among thousands, for Harvard University’s, ‘Harvard U.S. India Initiative’ (HUII). Ten of them were students from AKEB,I’s ‘Reach for the Stars Mentorship Programme’ (RFS). Saif Lakhani, an RFS alumni, reflects on how programmes like RFS, are opening corridors to powerful opportunities for their students and their peers.

A Kaleidoscope of Evolving Multiple Identities

With their presence in 25 countries across five continents, Ismailis are an international community, with trends of migration leading some of them from their settlements in Arabia, Persia and Indian subcontinent to Africa and further Westwards. This geographical spread of the community makes it difficult to categorisecategorize it by either nationality, language or culture. A better way to understand them is by keeping the Imam of the Time at the centre and reflecting about the identities of these various communities as evolving, through time and space.


Sanitation is a pressing global developmental issue on which the Government of India has been working since the past two decades. In line with Government’s plans, AKAHI has been successfully working in the field of rural water, sanitation and hygiene promotion since 1995, leading to significant improvement in the hygiene standards of people across its project locations. On the occasion of world Toilet day on 19 November 2019, we bring you details of activities done by AKAHI and its impact.

Digital Detoxification - International Internet Day - 2019

Today, on the International Internet Day, we celebrate the power of digital communication and how it connects us with the rest of the world. However, let us also become cognizant about some of the best practices to ensure that we remain in control of the technology rather than technology overpowering us. Renowned psychologist, Neha Somani shares her insights on effective ways to practice a “Digital Detoxification”

Tree Plantation Drive in CNEI

Environmental stewardship is the social responsibility of every individual and in this article we reflect on our duty to leave the planet in a better condition than we found it.