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Amitabh Bachchan recounts school days at the launch of virtual classrooms in Mumbai
Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray Thursday launched a virtual classroom project for municipal schools in Mumbai. After a warm recital of the national anthem, Bachchan answered a couple of questions through video conferencing.

Children in schools across Mumbai took the opportunity to ask various questions to the star and his newest endeavor. The superstar answered the questions at length saying that while the tools for education have changed over time, the need for all round development of the students still remains.

Talking about his school days, Bachchan recounted, “During my school days, there was no television. Even radio was not readily available. But, there used to be many other things we used to do in school such as plays, dance, physical education, drills and gymnastics. During our annual functions, there would be a gymnastics display and singing competitions, which we used to participate in.”

When asked whether he was encouraged to be an actor, he replied, “My parents never opposed to my decision to be an actor. They told me that they were not against me doing what I wanted to. I was asked to follow my heart and work with truth and honesty, and I had their blessings.”

Currently implemented in 80 secondary schools, the virtual classroom was launched in 2011. Enthused by the success of the virtual classroom project, the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to implement the system in 400 more municipal schools across the city from the next academic year. The civic body will train municipal students under this project, according to ANI.

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