‘Shri Amitabh Bachchan Scholarship’ at La Trobe University
Shri Amitabh Bachchan Scholarship’ has been launched at Australia’s leading La Trobe University. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, is in Australia for the Indian Film Festival Melbourne (IFFM). But that’s not news. He is a globetrotter who visits almost the entire world throughout the year.
His being in Australia is important because a leading Australian university was launching a scholarship in his name. There is no doubt that Amitabh Bachchan is a legend. But this is the first time that top universities across the world are launching scholarships in his name.
The university that has launched a research scholarship in his name is none other than Australia’ La Trobe University.
On Friday, Bachchan himself presented La Trobe University student, Roshan Kumar, with the AUD 200,000 ($185,000) four-year scholarship.
Kumar, who is from Ranchi in Jharkhand, will work towards a doctorate in the potential of using social media to better communicate health messages to India’s estimated 80 million social media users.
“I have grown up watching Amitabh Bachchan in movies. To imagine that I would meet him in person still seems like a dream,” Roshan Kumar said of his meeting with the Bollywood star.
“I am honoured to receive this scholarship which will help fund my research into improving the health of thousands of people living in India,” added Kumar, who graduated from La Trobe with a Masters in International Business in 2010.
Bachchan will present the scholarship to an Indian citizen every four years. The funds are meant to help the deserving students develop a thesis related to media, digital technology and communication.
Earlier, the 71-year-old actor had taken to his blog to thank the state of Victoria for naming a scholarship after him.
John Dewar, La Trobe University Vice Chancellor, quoted in news reports said he was very excited about the development.“It is both an honour and delight to host the legendary film actor Amitabh Bachchan at the Melbourne campus of the University”. La Trobe University Vice CHancellor John Dewar said it was an exciting and important day for the university.
La Trobe has a long standing strong connection with India since the late 1960s, when then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited the campus. At present, the university hosts more than 1,100 students from India.