US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, on Saturday praised Bollywood actor Aamir Khan
Sat, Jul 18, 2009 18:18:33 GMT
Mrs. Clinton, who is on an India visit presently, attended a special interactive session with the students of Xavier College in Mumbai on Saturday. Bollywood star Aamir Khan, who’s the brand ambassador of the education campaign Teach India, shared the dais with her.
“It is a great delight to be here with Aamir Khan, who is not only a Bollywood icon but also the great advocate for education….I am here to see how US and India can work for the common cause of education, which is the great equaliser and gateway to opportunities,” Mrs. Clinton said.
Aamir, who made his directorial debut with a sensitive film ‘Taare Zameen Par’ about problems faced by a dyslexic child in school, said the modern education should be directed towards making kids creative and original in thought rather than filling information in their heads through memorization. Khan is optimistic that with right reforms in the education system, many positive changes could be achieved in just a quarter century.
“We have to tell our kids to be more caring and I think that is going to make a huge difference from 25 years onwards,” he said.
Clinton supported Aamir’s view and said, “I think the actual requirement to become successful in the world is cooperation and collaboration among people and among countries.”
Aamir Khan is also acting in a film called ‘3 Idiots’ which is based on a theme of rebelling against the culture of mugging up in colleges.