Big B: Education most important after food, clothing, shelter

Actor Amitabh Bachchan speaks to the media on his 72nd birthday at his residence in Mumbai on October 11, 2014. (Photo: IANS)
Actor Amitabh Bachchan speaks to the media on his 72nd birthday at his residence in Mumbai on October 11, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

Amitabh Bachchan says education is the fourth most important need in a person’s life as it cannot be reduced or stolen.

“I have seen the importance of education right from my childhood. My parents used to believe that education is that investment whose profits are acquired till the end of life. I believe that to live a normal life if a person, apart from food, clothing and shelter, needs something the most then that is education.”

If you have wealth, you can convert it into gold; be it wealth or gold there can be a fear of it reducing or getting lost and if this same wealth is converted into knowledge, then it cannot be reduced or stolen,” Bachchan said in a speech addressing students and teachers at the launch of an education-based app.

Robomate+ app, designed by MT Educare, claims to be the first curriculum-based app. About the app, Bachchan said, “Today’s youth either work on abs or on apps. All your abs are looking good, there is no need to go to the gym. You need to go onto the apps.”

He added, “I believe that to raise awareness about education, it is essential to educate mothers and their daughters.”

He said: “I sincerely feel that when you will chase knowledge, numbers will always follow. I’m the biggest example of it, the knowledge I received while I was studying, till today it helps me to overcome the difficulties and even in my endeavours.”

Bachchan also said that he still harbours feelings of going to school and college and learning from them.

“What I learned from my teachers and elders left a deep impact on my heart and mind. Never stop learning because learning never stops. I’m not a ‘gyani’ but a lover of gyan (knowledge). I’m not a scientist but definitely have done experiments in life and learned from them. My thoughts were sparked by observations and not apprehensions,” he said.

Bachchan’s ‘Te3n’ released on Friday.

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