European Council of Religious Leaders

European Council of Religious Leaders – Council meeting in May 2012


Please find the Moscow Declaration and an updated list of Council members attached. Both are already posted on our website:

Please distribute the important declaration

Thank you

Jehangir Sarosh


European Council of Religious Leaders



5th World Zoroastrain Youth Congress 2011

Dear Friends,

5th World Zoroastrain Youth Congress 2011 Committee & Directors of  ZSBC are proud to announce that the Opening Ceremony to 5WZYC2011 is fully sold out with around 900 people attending the ceremony. The last minute preparations are well on the way to make this congress a memorable one for all participants.

Thank you to all those who have bought the tickets to the Opening Ceremony. Please note that the dress code for the event is Semi Formal.

Also please be informed that the Opening Ceremony at Chan Centre, UBC will end at 1.00 pm, thereafter followed by buffet lunch will be served at Studen Union Building Cafeteria (a short 5 minute walk from Chan Centre). Signs will be posted and Volunteers will be on duty to guide you to the lunch venue.

For more details, visit

Looking forward to seeing you all.


Homi Italia

President, ZSBC

Know India Program

The Ministry of Overseas Indian affairs (MOIA) has an ongoing program called Know India program (KIP).
It is a three-week orientation programme for diaspora youth conducted with a view to promote awareness on different facets of life in India and the progress made by the country in various fields e.g. economic, industrial, education, Science & Technology, Communication & Information Technology, culture.
 The 18th KIP is proposed to be held from 20 August 2011 to 11 September 2011, with Goa as a Partner State.
The 19th KIP is scheduled from 21st December, 2011 to 10th January, 2012 with Rajasthan as the Partner State
19th KIP would coincide with Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in 2012 at Jaipur.
To apply:
Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

High stakes at an ill-tempered Parsi election

Fire Dwellers

High stakes at an ill-tempered Parsi election
Over the past two weeks, Parsis have been coming out to elect a new member to one of their richest charitable trusts, the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP). Election expenses are not to be winked at, with about Rs 25 lakh of trust money being spent on things like rain shelters for voters. Candidates are spending greater amounts to court voters with dhansak dinners and full-page newspaper ads.

Patuck Institute

You may not be aware of  the GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR PARSI STUDENTS.  A bit long but worth reading and passing on just in case someone is interested.

By Marzban J. Giara

“Attached is a write-up on a Parsi Institution which provides free education to Parsi students. 50% seats are reserved  for Parsi students. Besides teaching B. Com. and BMS courses they are starting a law college from June 2005. The college is affiliated to University of Mumbai. This college deserves wide publicity amongst our Parsi community so that more and more members of our community can benefit as per the
wishes of its founder.” – Marzban Giara.

How many of us Parsis know that there is a reputed school and college of commerce and management in Mumbai, which provides free education to Parsi students? As a minority community institution 50% seats are reserved for Parsis. This article is written to make our community aware of the opportunities provided by Patuck Polytechnic Trust in the field of education.

History: Late Mr. Rustomji Hormusji Patuck was the founder and sole settlor of Patuck Polytechnic Trust in 1932. He was a Parsi businessman settled in Manchester, U.K. He was a merchant prince turned technical educationist. He was groomed at the Manchester College of Technology. He became a philanthropist in the cause of vocational and professional education on his return to India. He was born on 12th November 1860 and passed away on 20th October 1936. Rustomba Patuck as he was popularly known to his close associates started Modern Industrial School in 1934 to impart technical and vocational training in weaving and carpentry. He ran the school in Gujarati medium, in hired premises with eight students. He himself was the founder principal, chief instructor and caretaker all rolled into one. He established the Trust with a corpus of Rs. 9 lakhs for the running of the Institutions managed by the Trust. He was the preceptor of the concept of work experience and vocationalisation of technical education at the secondary and higher secondary levels. His credo was “Work is worship”.

Patuck Complex is situated at Vakola, one km. away from Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Mumbai off the Western Express Highway. The road adjoining the campus is named Rustomba Patuck Marg since 17th July 2004. It consists of its own 4-acre plot and houses the campus under its Integrated Education system viz. K.G. to P.G. (Kindergarten to PostGraduate). Its students feature in the merit list at S.S.C., H.S.C. exams and have won laurels in various fields. The following institutes are conducted by the Trust catering to the educational needs of over 3500 students:

1.Patuck Play School.
2.Patuck Pre-Primary Schol (1994)
3.Patuck Primary English School (1994)
4.Patuck Technical High School (1945)and Jr. College (Science(1982),
Vocational(1986), & Commerce)
5.Patuck Gala College of Commerce & Management (2002)

6.Yeshwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University Study Centre for
diploma course in engineering (1998)
7.Gala Infotech Centre (2000)
8.Patuck Industrial Training Centre (1981)

Patuck Gala College of Commerce & Management was started in 2002. It is affiliated to the University of Mumbai for teaching Commerce (B. Com.) and Management (BMS Bachelor of Management Studies). Dr. C. M. Sankaran Kutty is the Principal. The Trust is starting a Law College from June 2005 as also Master of Management Studies M.M.S. courses shortly.

Organising Board: Mr. Adil J. Patuck, grand nephew of the founder is the chairman. Professor Rustom Kaikhushroo Mody, former Principal and Secretary, VJTI is a director. Mr. J. J. Goiporia is the Honorary Secretary. Principal K. G. K. Kurup is  the administrator. Postal address is 100, Nehru Road, Vakola Bridge, Santacruz (East) Mumbai 400 055. Tel. no. 2668 0939, 2668 3806

Junior College -Science (1982)

Students desirous of going for higher studies in Engineering, Medicine or Para-Medical courses and other science faculties can opt for Jr. College-Science.
1. Pure Science
2. Science with information Technology
3. Science with Vocational Subject – Computer Science or Mechanical maintenance

1: Junior College – Vocational (1986)
Objectives: Govt. of India in its National Education Policy contemplated Vocational Education at plus two stage (after SSC) having minimum competencies in various fields. On completion of these two-year courses as vocational technicians with NCERT certificate, the trainees directly enter the world of work. Patuck has several courses in which well-qualified teachers in its own well-equipped laboratories and workshops impart training.

Special Features:

  1. On the job training of six weeks compulsory.
  2. Computer Awareness is an added competency.
  3. Received National Award for School Industry Linkage in 1998 from NCERT,
    Govt. of India.

A. Accounting and Auditing
Subjects: English, Hindi, Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Auditing.
Job Opportunities: Accounts assistant, Cashier, Ledger clerk, Audit clerk, Audit assistant. Can render services independently on accounting activities as self employed in any of these jobs.

B. Auto Engineering Technician
Subjects: English, Hindi, Mechanical Technology, Auto and Diesel Cycle,
Engineering Drawing, Garage Management & Motor Vehicle rules.
Job Opportunities: Auto mechanic, Service mechanic, Vehicle surveyor and loss assessor, driver, auto fitter

C. Building Maintenance
Subjects: English, Hindi, Construction technology, Estimating and costing, Construction management and accounts, Building yard practice.
Job opportunities: Supervisor, contractor, plumber, consultant for maintenance, entrepreneurship.

D. Electronics Technology
Subjects: English, Hindi, Basic electricity materials, Basic electronics, Applied electronics, Electronic instrumentation, Consume electronics, Industrial electronics & Line Communication.
Job opportunities: Maintenance and repair of electronic equipment, sales and service centre for electronic equipment, manufacture of electronic equipment, mobile service centre for sales and service in rural areas.

E. Maintenance and repair of electrical domestic appliances
Subjects: English, Hindi, Material and workshop practice, Domestic appliances, Elements of electrical technology.
Job opportunities: Manufacture, testing, repair , selling domestic appliances. Dealership/Agency, repair shop of electrical domestic appliances.

F. Mechanical technology
Subjects: English, Hindi, Mechanical technology, Engineering Drawing, Operation and Maintenance of machine tools, Engineering science.
Job opportunities as skilled worker in turning, fitting, welding, chargeman supervisor, instructor.

G. Medical Laboratory Technician
Subjects: Anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, clinical biochemistry, microbiology and parasitology, clinical pathology and haematology, Blood Bank, Histo technology, Laboratory management and ethics.
Job opportunities: Laboratory technician in colleges, hospitals, pharma labs, health centres. Self employment as distributor for lab chemicals, wares, equipment and spare parts.

H. Tourism and Travel Techniques
Subjects: Introduction to tourism, Heritage of India, Economics and geography of tourism, transport, hospitality industry and business communication, travel agency operations.
Job opportunities: Tour organiser, tour operator, travel counsellor, transporters, tourist cars, buses, Pilgrimage tour organisers.

At present only two Parsi students are availing of this golden opportunity. It is hoped that more and more Parsi students become aware and take advantage of this renowned institution.

Shareez Sidhwa

Dear Friends,

Attached are photographs and Video of our dear son Shareez Sidhwa (S/0 Dilnaz & Zubin Sidhwa). He is being telecasted and will be viewed by millions  particularly in Europe this month.
He was selected for an international Ad Shoot for a television Brand VESTEL for a shoot of their 3D television. The shooting was done at various cities under a German team.

First picture shows he with 2 princess and capturers around ,second photograph is his solo Modelling one. Also have attached the link of his video on Youtube>> OR VESTEL 3D LED TV 

Shareez Sidhwa is a very talented child and loves his younger sister Friyanaz dearly.Below are some of his achievements at the age of 7 years.

  1. Hailing from a Dastur Family his interest curtails in learning our Avestha prayers & is aiming to be a Navar Shortly.
  2. Achieved 3rd position in his school at state level General Knowledge Olympiad.
  3. Selected to represent his ICSE Vissanji Academy school in an inter-school Fancy Dress competition.He was dressed as ‘Dadabhai Naoroji.
  4. He is passionate about cricket & has also won medals for various sports events organized in his school.
  5. And his latest achievement was to get selected by German Directors for a German Ad shoot for his Parsi international looks & smart audition.

It is a Happy moment for Proud Parsi parents and we would like to share this with our community through the Parsi Times Medium.

Our Details and Address:-
Dilnaz & Zubin Sidhwa
Bldg B1, Flat 507,Panthaky Baug,
Andheri(E),Mumbai 400069

Process of Consigning to Doongerwadi , Mumbai , from Overseas

Baname Khuda.

Process of Consigning to Doongerwadi , Mumbai , from Overseas

Why Dokhmenashini ?

Importance of Dokhmenashini:Please refer to recording by Dr.Chiniwalla on Dokhmenashini  at BPP website, linked through

Returning the deceased for his/her last rites requires proper pre planning and teamwork.

The project needs to be broken up in smaller parts and each part needs to be executed with precision.   It is not difficult if properly planned and coordinated.  Total costs thus far have been less/compatible to burialexpenses, if one person / family member is accompanying  the corpse.

This full brief is based on various personal experiences on consigning toMumbai  from California, USA, only, and is predicated on proper planning and back up support in Mumbai.  Hopefully with this initiative,  volunteers from other countries, will share their process as  requirements  of each county/ state/province/country differ.  It also assumes death due to natural causes only, without contagious disease.Before deciding to consign to Doongerwadi please refer to official website of BPP at  to ensure procedure/eligibility etc. at Doongerwadi.

The various parts of the project are:

  1.  Most important-Tarikats (spiritual disciplines) to be followed.. Please contact your family in Mumbai.
  2.  Contact  your panthak and family mobed  in Mumbai,in case you are not sure about 4 day obsequies.
  3. Arrangements to be made immediately upon death.
  4. Documents to prepare for a) Arrival in India and Doongerewadi b) Indian embassy c) Transportation. Clearly all these documents have to comply with US Federal and state regulations.
  5. Arrangements  to be made prior arrival of the ruvaan at Mumbai.
  6. Clearing the body in Mumbai and transporting to Doongerwadi  the same day.

1. Pre planning :

A) Identify an experienced and established mortuary .  It is a great support system to advice on latest requirements , documents  procedures, shipment  and travel rates,   and relevant website of Indian Embassy(keeps changing) .

B )Bein touch with your family members in Mumbai and start 4 days obsequies (except Geh Sarna ) immediately upon last breath,  with your family panthak in Mumbai. In addition, you may also carry out the same obsequies(except Geh Sarna)  at place of death, if you have an access to a mobed.

C) Plan on someone to personally hand carry required documents (listed below)  to be notarized by Indian embassy in US.A proper contact needs tobe establishedto save time.  With advanced planning this can be done in a day.

D)It is important to bear in mind that corpses to India can  be cleared only if embalmed . This consists of removing blood from the body and injecting  formaldehyde in its place to delay rigor mortis (decomposition).Embalming adds to transshipment weight. An elegant, light coffin is necessary to limit costs. White coffins are available.

2. Arrangements upon death :

A) Light a diva at deceased’s head and have someone pray Ashem Vohu continuously

B) Arrange for the body to be transported to morgue immediately

C) Start four day obsequies see 1 B)

D)Ask morgue to prepare body for air shipment to Mumbai .Embalm the body as soon as possible

E) If possible, wash the body with Taro with help of family/humdeens.

F) Prepare relevant documents.

G) Alert family members in Mumbai  see 4 below. Also alert volunteer team detailed in 4, 5 .

I) Always double check with Doongerwadi and volunteers in 4,about all  documents required prior shipping the body from overseas. Make sure all original sets for India and place of departure are prepared.

3. Documents

Death certificate (cause of death-natural cause ),embalming certificate , a certificate stating that death was not due to any contagious disease, flight schedule on airline letter head.  All documents need to be notarized by Indian embassy.Prepare seven copies of each document ,including two originals. In addition  a no objection certificate will have to be obtained or arrival Mumbai,.see 5) Clearing the body.

4. Arrangements prior to arrival In Mumbai :

A) Inform family members who should coordinate with flight details to have Doongerwadi Hearse ready upon arrival,notifying bungli etc. All Doongerwadi details, phone numbers are available on BPP website, or they can be made  available through volunteers below.

B) Mr. Mehernosh Fitter  has kindly volunteered to help in this  process. His experience , connections can be very helpful for swift, seamless clearance . If you need to contact him he can be reached at Mumbai ( Tel 2412 2999, Cell; 98201 57534, Fax; 2416 2886)   He has received  consigned bodies at Sahar airport in the past and helped clear them with family members.

C) Ms. Kashmira Rao has kindly consented to volunteer   to help out with the coordinating process(at Doongerwadi only). She can be reached at Mumbai cell 91- 9833199985 e-mail:

5 Clearing the body :

Since volunteers have kindly consented to take care of this detail please advise family members to contact and thoroughly  plan the procedure with them .It involves clearing the body with customs and health department, making statements at Sahar airport police station who may ask to open the coffin and site the corpse,  making a panchnama and obtaining a no objection certificate. Police,Customs , Health Doongerwadi all need copies of relevant documents.It must be stressed to  family members that planning saves a lot of time  to consign to Doongerwadi .

The whole process with proper planning and coordination  takes about six days from US .

Kindly note that the whole process is to facilitate the last rights of the deceased and the very important GehSarna Ceremony which can only to be carried out in a Dokhma and nowhere else .

In US, Ms. Silloo Mehta has helped and guided  several families in these procedures. She can be reached at: 949-551-5252 

Courtesy : Sam Billimoria, Mehernosh Fitter, Kashmira Rao