17-year-old autistic teenager was among the Indian school students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who topped the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 10 examinations, the media reported on Tuesday.
Aman Maqbool from the Delhi Private School, Sharjah, scored 94.3 per cent, according to the results declared on Monday.
He scored over 90 per cent throughout his school career and wrote the exam with the help of a scribe, the Khaleej Times reported.
His father Maqbool Ahmed, a Keralite who has been living in the UAE for 20 years, said: “After the exams Aman told us he would score 80 per cent and above. We didn’t expect him to score so much.
The Indian Ladies Association (ILA), a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based community welfare body, has launched a year-long mission to protect the environment through a series of initiatives, including collection of discarded paper, e-waste, cleaning of beaches and tree planting in Abu Dhabi.
In an interview with Gulf News, Sunita Wagle, President of the ILA, said on Sunday: “We just collected 500 kg of paper from the community. It included used office papers, magazines, books, paper bags, notebooks, textbooks and newspapers copies.”
The ILA has committed to run sustainable environmentally friendly and social awareness campaigns in the community each month and this would continue throughout the year to educate people about the environment and seek their participation in making the world a greener place.
“By the end of October, we will launch our plantation drive to encourage people to plant ghaf and neem trees. We will plant the trees and arrange for their regular irrigation.
“The ILA just provides a platform to the community to come forward and participate in the environmentally friendly campaigns,” Wagle added.
The ILA is one of the five Indian community organisations in Abu Dhabi which are registered with the UAE’s Ministry of Community Development.
It was also planning to spread environmental awareness among labourers. As part of the mission, the ILA will visit labour camps to give saplings to workers to plant.