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Nobody in Mumbai seemed to know where Madhuri Dixit Nene lives, not even the BMC
It was finally the ‘Home Minister’ who came to rescue of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) with the address of Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit Nene so that she could be handed an invitation. And it couldn’t have been soon enough, since the inauguration of the ambitious ‘Virtual Classroom II’ programme is scheduled today at Hotel Kohinoor Continental, J.B. Nagar in Andheri.

The Virtual Classroom is reportedly the brainchild of Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray, and the civic body had taken extra special efforts to successfully complete the first phase during the last academic year. This year, the BMC is going to start the second phase and Sena leaders wanted it to be inaugurated at the hands of Madhuri Dixit.

Civic officials began searching for her address. When they failed to locate the star, they ran about trying to get her email address and the contact numbers of her friends and relatives, desperate to get the invitation to her in time for the programme. However, when all efforts proved futile, the BMC panicked and almost asked that its press release be withdrawn.

Finally, some civic officials thought of approaching actor-turned-politician, Adesh Bandekar, popularly known as ‘Home Minister’ because of his hit Marathi programme. He provided them with her address much to their immense relief.

Last year, in a joint venture with the Valuable Group, the BMC had embarked on a radical education experiment of ‘Virtual Classroom’ on the lines of foreign universities, and became the first civic body in the country to deliver lectures via satellite to its students. A lecture delivered from the central room, can be seen and listened to in civic schools, in real time. In the second phase the civic body is set to connect 80 more schools via satellite.

Besides Madhuri Dixit, Public Health and Family Planning Minister, Suresh Shetty and renowned scientist Dr Raghunath Marshelkar will be present at the inauguration. Standing Committee Chairman Rahul Shewale said in a letter to Madhuri Dixit, “It is our sincerest efforts to give the best to municipal school students as they are our future.”

Source: Afternoondc

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