Did you know?: Australian university names scholarship after Big B

Published: May 2, 2014

Amitabh Bachchan has yet another feat to his credit. The La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia has named a scholarship after the megastar, who inaugurated the Indian Film Festival Melbourne (IFFM) along with the governor and his wife on Thursday.

Expressing his delight, he took to his blog srbachchan.tumblr.com and posted, “The La Trobe University names a scholarship after me, [which is] to be accorded to deserving students from all walks of life that will come and study media and entertainment courses here.”

He also thanked the government of Victoria for calling him to inaugurate the 11-day festival. “Thank you, the Governance of Victoria for this gesture… lending unstinted support to our film industry in conducting such events to acquaint the locals with our cinema,” said the 71 year old. “The warmth and graciousness shall be carried by us all to India and in particular, to our countrymen,” he added.

He also shared that an award ceremony will be held for selected films in categories ranging from short films to features, where he will be presented with an Achievement Awards. Way to go, Big B! 

Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd, 2014.

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