Sunday, January 27, 2008

Amitabh Bachchan Laid the Foundation of Girls’ College Named after Aishwarya Rai

The foundation of a girls’ college named after Aishwarya Bachchan has been laid by his father-in-law, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan. Last year, Bachchan’s family friend and Samajwadi Party leader declared to set up a girls’ in Daulatpur. Aishwarya and her hubby Abhishek Bachchan were in the center of attention in the foundation laid program, which was held in the presence actress-turned-politician Jayapradha, Amar Singh, Jaya Bachchan and four former chief ministers.

Aishwarya expressed her extreme happiness with this college, which she said should have been named after her late grandfather-in-law Harivansh Rai Bachchan or wifeTeji Bachchan. reported:

In a brief speech, Aishwarya said "it is a dream come true... My family always wanted to do something for the education of girls".

The Bollywood diva said she was taken by surprise when she came to know that the college was in her name but added it would have been better if it was in the name her late grandfather-in-law & poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan or wife Teji.

“I was however convinced when the elders told me that the place of the bahu (daughter-in-law) in this family is very important," Aishwarya said.

The college will initially provide education up to 12th class on CBSE pattern. However, it would be extended to degree level later on. Amitabh Bachchan has also given his word to provide all the educational expense of two girls. The classes will be started from July this year.