Actor Shah Rukh Khan recently attended an event in Mumbai to felicitate the winner of an award, named after him, by La Trobe University. Titled Shah Rukh Khan La Trobe University PhD Scholarship, it was awarded to a young female researcher from Thrissur, Kerala, Gopika Kottantharayil Bhasi. She is working on farming practices through animal science, ecology and molecular studies.
A video from the event is going viral where SRK is seen helping the young girl as her hair get caught in her coat.
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Speaking at the event, SRK said, “The evening is about Gopika and her family. She has been doing research on, broadly put, elephants. And now she is shifting over to bees. I should not even try to understand what she is doing, what is important is that she is doing PhD. I wish you the best and hope people get this opportunity.”
He also thanked Gopika’s family for educating their child “so much”. “He added, “And hopefully, you will be even prouder after this, than you already are, about your young daughter.” He also wished Gopika, “Do whatever you want to do and make the world a better place to live in.”
We were honoured to have @iamsrk present the Shah Rukh Khan PhD scholarship in #Mumbai today.— La Trobe University (@latrobe) February 27, 2020
Congratulations to Gopika Kottantharayil Bhasi, who will soon begin her PhD at #latrobeuni in Melbourne, Australia: https://t.co/tx5kUW62Lh
A special thanks to our partners @IFFMelb🎥 pic.twitter.com/StaaV36yR8
Chosen from over 800 Indian women, Gopika was awarded the four-year scholarship at a ceremony here on Wednesday.
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Speaking at the event, the Bollywood star said, “I’m a staunch believer in education and I would like to congratulate Gopika. Way forward for everyone is educate and there’s never an end to education. Empowering and educating women is key and the world goes forward with educating women. I think education in India or anywhere else in the world is a step forward. I admire Gopika’s dedication and determination. This scholarship will enable her to travel to La Trobe in Melbourne, Australia where she will pursue her dreams of helping to improve India’s agriculture sector.”
Actor also spoke about importance of education, "There is never an end to education. I've come to realise the more I know, I figure out, the less I understand. It's very important to keep educating ourselves for the rest of our lives.”