Published On: May 22, 2018
In 2008, Amitabh Bachchan laid the foundation of Srimati Aishwarya Bachchan Degree College in Uttar Pradesh’s Daulatpur, along with wife Jaya, son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya. A decade later, not a brick has been laid on the ground and the foundation stone lies dumped in a dusty corner of the gram pradhan's house. But Daulatpur didn't stop dreaming despite the star project remaining a non-starter. Villagers resorted to crowd-funding to build a degree college, just 500m away from Bachchan's barren plot. Villagers pooled in Rs 60 lakh and constructed a building, which currently houses 12 classrooms. More than 10,000 sq metres of land was donated by a village teacher's father and his brother for the campus. The co-educational college has been christened Daulatpur Degree College, affiliated to RML Avadh University, Faizabad and will open with two courses - BA and BSc. The managing committee comprises villagers who donated money. The college's library was recently inaugurated by Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari of Sahitya Akademi, Delhi.