NRI Dr Arjun Gaur creates Princess Diana Island
set in 100-acre international school in Sahyadris
Dr Arjun Gaur, an NRI from UK, inspired by Lady Diana has actually dedicated an entire island in a school set in over 100 acres in Karjat, Mumbai. The island that houses a statue of Lady Diana in the centre will be inaugurated on July 1, Lady Diana’s birthday.
“Princess Diana has been my inspiration. From her humble beginnings as a school teacher, she rose to become the First Lady of England and her pleasant face and her ever-smiling persona has been a great motivating factor,” confesses Dr Gaur, who three years ago, founded The Cambridge International Academy set in the Sahyadri Valley, next to a river, amid picturesque mountains.
With state-of-the-art facilities, the Cambridge International School boasts of international standards with spacious classrooms, qualified teachers, purpose-built hostels, well-equipped labs, the latest computer room with internet, a well-equipped library, clinic, cafeteria, swimming pool, gymnasium, playgrounds, and even an amusement park and a discotheque to boot. If that is not enough, there is a visual auditorium that houses over 1000 students as well. The Cambridge International School currently houses over 125 students including 20 international scholars studying international curriculum with IGCSE affiliation from the Cambridge University, UK.
Adds Dr Gaur, “It has been a steady and strong growth process for us. The Academy is today a home away from home for our students. The next step I felt, after founding a school, was to pay tribute to The Late Lady Diana and hence, a ten-acre manmade lake island with her statue was created.”
The .marble statue of Princess Diana is handcrafted by traditional artisans in Jaipur painstakingly over a period of one year. “I want to leave no stone unturned in my tribute to Princess Diana,” says Dr Gaur.
With the inauguration on July 1, Princess Diana’s Birth Anniversary, Dr Arjun Gaur is happy that his dream of immortalizing Lady Diana in India is concretised. “We had also extended our heartfelt invitation to the Princes Harry and William, but they were unable to attend due to military commitments. However, we have their best wishes,” smiles Dr Gaur.
Lady Diana’s statue will be unveiled on Princess Diana Island on July 1, her birth anniversary at the Cambridge Internationa0.l School, Karjat. Dr ARjun Gaur will fly down to India from the UK for the same.
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