Scholarships for Minority Students : 70 lakh applications

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday decided to continue of pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means based scholarship schemes for the students belonging to the six notified minority communities, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi, who are from the economically weaker sections of the society.

Under this scheme around 70 lakh fresh scholarships at a cost of Rs 5338.32 crore are likely to be disbursed in 2019-20, an official release said.

“These Schemes shall be implemented through the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) ( and scholarships are disbursed through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode”, the release added.

The scholarship is awarded to students, studying in Government Schools/ Institutes or recognised private schools/ institutes and who have secured not less than 50 percent marks in the previous final examination.

“In addition to the fresh scholarships, renewal of earlier scholarships is for students who have been awarded scholarships in the previous years and fulfill the eligibility criteria”, the release said.

Under pre-matric scholarship, a scheme introduced to encourage parents from minority communities to send their school going children, studying in class 1 to 10, students, whose parents earn less than one laksh annually, will be eligible to this scholarship.

In the year 2019-20, the Union government is targeting 30,00,000 fresh applications under this scheme.

For students, hosteller and day scholars, studying from class six to 10 will get Rs. 500 per annum as admission fees.

Likewise, these students are eligible to get Rs. 4200 yearly as tuition fees.

Students studying in class 1 to 5 will get Rs. 1000 per annum as maintenance allowance and students in class 6 to 10 (hostellers) will get Rs. 6000 and day scholar will get Rs. 1000 per annum.

Under post-matric scholarship scheme, students are eligible to get this benefit whose parents/guardians income should not be more than Rs. two lakh.

In the 2019-20 government is targeting 5 lakh fresh applications under this category.

Both hostellers and day scholars studying in classes 11 and 12 will get Rs 7000 per annum as admission and tuition fees.

For technical and vocational courses of 11 and 12, students will get Rs. 1000 as admission and course/tuition fees.

Students who are doing undergraduate, post graduate, Mphil and PhD will get Rs 3000 per annum as admission and tuition fees.

Students, who are studying in class 11 and 12 including technical and vocation courses at undergraduate and post graduate level, will get Rs.3800 per annum. Students other than doing technical and professional courses at this level will get Rs 5700 per annum.

MPhil, PhD students, who are hostellers will get Rs 12000 and day scholars will get 5500 per annum.

The merit-cum-means scheme, will provide financial assistance to poor and meritorious minority students to pursue professional and technical courses at under graduate and post graduate levels.

This scheme aims students, whose parents’ annual income should not exceed 2.50 laksh and government is targeting to give 60,000 fresh applications in 2019-20.

Under the scheme, full course fees will be reimbursed to the students from 85 institutes listed under the scheme; and for others at Rs. 20,000/- per annum.

Hostellers will get Rs 10,000 and day scholars will get Rs 5000 as maintenance allowance per annum, the release said.



The Women Graduates Union in Mumbai is a part of the International Federation of Graduate Women.

We have the Mumbai Chapter here in Mumbai, of which I am the Vice President.

One of our Projects is to encourage women to educate themselves and thus, empower them.

To this end, we have been awarding scholarships every year, to women studying in all disciplines.

The criteria is financial need and merit.

I have attached below the information regarding this, and request you all to forward this to others, so that maximum number of women can take the benefit of these scholarships.

Thanks and regards,

Dr. Arnavaz M. Havewala

M.D.S. (Bombay)

Fali Chothia Scholarships

The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust is now accepting applications for its 28th annual scholarship awards. Scholarships are open to Zoroastrian students in North America enrolled in four-year or graduate-level programs. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activity and community service. They are given as outright gifts or no- and low-interest loans.
The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust was established in 1988 under the Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington, Inc. (ZAMWI). The Trust provides scholarships to deserving Zoroastrian students enrolled in universities in North America, regardless of their country of origin. Applications may be downloaded from:

ZFN Webinar 2 – Financing for Higher Education for Indian Students – 24 June – 9am IST

Thanks to all those who participated in the above Webinar. Special thanks to

  1. Farrokh Mistree, L.A. Comp Chair, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA,
  2. Farrokh Rustomjee, Chief Executive, R. D. Sethna Scholarship Fund, Esplanade House, 29, Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort, Mumbai-400001, Tel: 022-22077044; Email: Website:
  3. Neville Shroff, The Incorporated Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hongkong, Canton and Macao,
  4. T J Ravishankar, J. N. Tata Endowment, Mulla House, 4thfloor, 51, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai-400001.
  5. M George – Vice President, Paras Education Foundation, 4th floor, Khetan Bhavan, J. Tata Road, Churchgate, Mumbai-400020, Web:  Tel: 022-22831637, Email:  Mobile: 9830043381

who lucidly explained the details. All participants greatly benefited and expressed satisfaction at the takeaways from the session.

At the peak, we had 33 participants and the presentations were smooth and ran without a glitch.

For the benefit of all, here is the recording of the session :

And here is Farrokh Mistree’s presentation – ZFN_FinanceWebinar_062318

Financing for Higher Education for Indian Students

14th June, 2018
Zoroastrian Faculty Network
(A joint initiative of WZCC & GWG)
Financing for Higher Education for Indian Students
A Webinar on “Financing for Higher Education for Indian Students” (Restricted to first 20 registrants) brought to you by the Zoroastrian Faculty Network (ZFN)

To guide students from India on the financing options available for higher education abroad and how to avail of them.

Speakers :
Farrokh Mistree, L. A. Comp Professor University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, will explain the objectives of ZFN guiding students interested in pursuing post graduate education abroad.

Farrokh Rustomji, R. D. Sethna Scholarship Fund

Neville Shroff, Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hongkong, Canton and Macao

T. J. Ravishankar, Tata Trusts

M. George, Paras Educational Foundation.

  • Each speaker to give actionable guidelines for students to take advantage of the resources at their disposal
  • 30 Minutes of uninterrupted presentation followed by Q&A

WhenSunday 24th June, 2018 at Indian Standard Time 9:00 am-10:00 am

Where: Your computer, laptop, tablet or web enabled mobile phone.

HowConnect to from your browser at the appointed date and time. If connecting from your web enabled phone, download the Zoom App and connect to meeting no. 8487251418

Registration requests and technical queries to be sent to (+91-98922-19340)

Please spread the word to friends and family of those interested.

Register early to avoid disappointment.

Yazdi Tantra
 – WZCC Global Vice President“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources currently controlled.”

Please consider becoming a member by visiting or contacting your Region Director/Chapter Chair.

Do You Know-What You Know? Khurshed Batliwala

Mr. Khurshed Batliwala emphasized on education as a means of knowledge and not employment. He also talked about doing things differently and having faith in our decisions even if they go against the flow. “Twenty five years ago no one had heard of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The whole world stood on the other side and said you are mad. I said yes, but I am happy. Be happy don’t compromise on that. You have dreams, you have visions, you have hopes don’t let people around you kill that for you. And that’s an idea worth spreading” With a postgraduate degree in Mathematics from I.I.T., Bombay, Khurshed Batliwala is a senior faculty at the Art of Living. Mr. Batliwala is a firm believer in the power of self-identified aspirations and this led him to follow an unconventional and challenging career path. He has been instrumental in designing the Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES!+) series that inspires the youth to break free from the shackles of society expectations and follow their dreams courageously. With this course he aims to propagate the vision of the Art of Living, which is to see a smile on every face on the planet. A blend of intellect and innocence, mind-blowing wit yet unconditional warmth, he continues to be a favourite among youth, and is committed to utilizing every moment of his time in enriching the lives of people around. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Applying to Graduate School in the US

17th April, 2018
A Webinar
Applying to Graduate School in the US
Sponsored By
Zoroastrian Faculty Network (ZFN)
A GWG/WZCC Joint Initiative

On May 5, 2018, 9:00AM India Time

Farrokh Mistree, Ph.D.

L.A. Comp Chair and Professor,
School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering,
University of Oklahoma.

Janet K. Allen, Ph.D.
John and Mary Moore Chair and Professor,
School of Industrial Engineering,
University of Oklahoma.
Content of the webinar is
“Key elements of securing admission and funding at graduate schools in the US”Click here to Register
Please note:

  • Parents are encouraged to participate.
  • Information on how to participate and access to the slides will be sent after registration.

Edul Daver
 – WZCC Global President

Accepting Applications for the 2018-19 Academic Scholarship cycle

The FEZANA Scholarship Program was started in 1998 to recognize academic excellence and provide Zarathushti students in university programs financial assistance to study at institutions in the U.S & Canada

Applications are invited for the following FEZANA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Mehraban and Morvorid Kheradi Endowment Scholarship for Academic Excellence: The FEZANA  Scholar
  • FEZANA 25th Anniversary Endowment  Scholarship For Academic Excellence
  • Morvarid Guiv Endowment Scholarships
  • Purvez and Aban  Rustomji Endowment Scholarship
  • Banoobai and Maneckshaw Kapadia Endowment Scholarship  for Financial Assistance
  • Dr Minocher Rustom Vesuna and Dowlat Minocher Vesuna WZO Canada Endowed Scholarships
  • Sheroo Darabsha Kolsawala Endowed Scholarship
  • Jerry and Celete Kheradi 30th Anniversary Endowed scholarship for Graduate students
  • The 30th Anniversary Alumni Scholarship
  • Yasmin and Shapur Pavri  Endowed Scholarship
  • Villy and Homi Gandhi Endowed Scholarship

All scholarships are open to Zarathushti applicants who have obtained admission for attendance at institutions of higher learning (accredited degree-granting colleges or universities) in USA or Canada.

Scholarships for the academic year 2018-2019 will be awarded in September 2018.


Applicants MUST BE:

  1. US or Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents Zarathushtis who are enrolled or applied as full-time students in a college, university or other institutions in the United States or Canada.
  2. Non-US/Canada  Zarathushtis must be enrolled in an institution for 1 year or 2 semesters.


All applicants need to provide the following

  1. Past academic records and accomplishments (see below)
  2. Program of study
  3. Annual financial need including assistance already pledged by other funds, charitable institutions or the institution of choice
  4. Other financial assistance available from family and friends
  5. Community service including contributions to Zarathushti functions and organizations
  6. Three Reference letters to be emailed directly by the referee to
  7. Proof of expected tuition expenses, viz: fee receipt or page from college catalog
  8. Proof of housing expenses like rent receipt or dorm fees from college catalog
  9. Any other relevant documents (Please specify)

In Addition

Undergraduates to provide:

  1. For undergraduates – transcripts of high school and college courses  (past 4 years only)
  2. For undergraduates – test scores for any standardized tests taken (SAT, ACT, AP or IB Score

Graduates to provide

  1. All undergraduate transcripts
  2. For graduate students  we need GMAT/GRE, transcripts of any graduate courses completed (this is for students who have already completed 1 graduate degree)




FEZANA SCHOLARSHIP Scholastic achievement 40%, Financial needs 40%, Extra Curricular activities 10%, Community service 10%

The Mehraban and Morvorid Kheradi  Endowment Scholarship of $5000 and the 25th anniversary FEZANA Scholarship will be awarded for Academic Excellence 80%; Extra Curricular activities 10%, Community service 10%

The Purvez and Aban Rustomji Endowed Scholarship of $5000 will be awarded to a qualified undergraduate student who demonstrates financial need and academic achievement

The Morvarid Guiv Endowed Scholarships of $1000 will be awarded to one graduate and one undergraduate student who demonstrates financial need together with academic excellence

Dr Minocher Rustom Vesuna and Dowlat Minocher Vesuna WZO Canada Endowed Scholarships will be awarded to a graduate and an undergraduate student with good academic standing who demonstrates financial need.

Sheroo Darabshaw Kolsawala WZO Canada Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student with good academic standing who demonstrates financial need.

Yasmin and Shapur Pavri  Endowed scholarship will be awarded to a qualified undergraduate student who demonstrates financial need and academic achievement


Applications are evaluated by a committee appointed by  FEZANA  and are judged on academic accomplishments, program of study, appraiser’s evaluations, answers to the essay question, and general impressions from the application form.

Awards to recipients will be made one time only with a possibility of one renewal. The award will be effective in September of the year. Awards for the year will be determined each year.


All applications are to be filed ONLINE only.

For any questions please email Dr Dolly Dastoor at

Deadline to apply is August 01, 2018


The online form will allow you to start filling out the form and then save it to continue later. To use that ability, you will have to scroll all the way down to the end of the form.

The following need to be attached:

  • Transcripts of high school and college courses  (past 4 years only)
  •  For Graduates we need  Undergraduate transcripts
  • For undergraduates we need test scores for any standardized tests taken (SAT, ACT, AP or IB Scores)
  • Proof of expected tuition expenses, viz: fee receipt or page from college catalog
  • Proof of housing expenses like rent receipt or dorm fees from college catalog.

Before you start the online application please scan and convert to a single PDF file that you will need to attach with your application.

Please use the following file name convention: FEZANA2018_Firstname_Lastname.pdf

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT names of those who are awarded scholarships will be publicly announced and included on FEZANA’s website, FEZANA.ORG; FEZANA JOURNAL and in other communications

Continue to

Online Application Form

25 years Celebrations cum Fund Raising


The East Bombay Bharat Guide Group Silver Jubilee Celebrations (1993 – 2018)

Dear Parents, Well-wishers and Patrons,

The Scouting and Guiding is an International Movement, the object of which is to endow each youth to be physically, morally and spiritually strong. The 71st East Bombay Zoroastrian Bharat Guide Group was founded on 1″ August 1993 as a sister group to The 16th East Bombay Zoroastrian Bharat Scout Group, which was founded on 1 st August 1920. Both the institutions work under the parent body — The Young Zoroastrian Society. These groups are managed by selfless volunteers who serve the movement diligently, to inculcate in Guides and Scouts the values of discipline, character building, and sincere commitment to God and Country and leading socially meaningful lives. Our Children are given all the above training and experience through picnics, educational visits, hikes etc. free of charge and through camps and tours at very nominal cost.

Our Girl Guide Group is completing 25 years and wishes to celebrate its 25th year, as an auspicious occasion by putting up a grand concert on 9th June 2018 at Sophia Bhabha Auditorium, where children will have an opportunity to showcase their talent and build up confidence. For any Institution to survive and run efficiently it needs funds. We therefore, appeal to you, to support our activities and encourage our children and volunteers by

❖ Booking Advertisements for the Souvenir to be brought out at the Show

❖ Giving generous donations

❖ Booking tickets for the show in large numbers

We are sure that you will not hesitate to help us, considering the noble work that our dedicated volunteers do. Thank you, Yours faithfully, For 25 Years Celebrations’ Fund Raising Committee

Ms. Homai A. Daruwalla – President

Ms. Freny A. Jehangir – Chairperson

Ms. Mackie R. Majra – Chief Advisor
C/o Dara Mehta, 2003 Hilla Towers, Lalbaug, Mumbai 400012. 98211 33986

Mackie Majra: © 022 2362 4189, 099208 33179

Jasmine R. Wadia: (6 022 2354 5799, 98331 88504


Click Here for Appeal Letter with Adv. Forms

Mama Parsi School to celebrate 100 years

Mama Parsi Girls Secondary School will be celebrating its 100th birthday on Sunday, April 1.

In 1918, Jamshed Nusserwanjee Metha collected donations to establish the school. Initially the school functioned at the Bai Virbaijee School from where it was shifted in 1919 to a building, Mama Mansion, which stands today at the corner of Haji Abdullah Haroon Road. The construction of the school’s current building started on January 17, 1920 and was completed on January 26, 1925.

Mama Parsi School is considered to be one of the most prestigious and historical schools of Karachi, which has maintained its high standard of education and discipline for a century. The school not only focuses on its curriculum but also offers several extra-curricular activities, including a talent show which is held every year after the mid-term examinations.
Education moot: Use research as tool for societal transformation

The school also retains a house system, which was introduced in 1943. Under this, students are grouped in different groups called houses in order to cultivate teamwork and leadership skills among them.

Over the years, the Mamaians have not just proven themselves in academics but have also performed brilliantly in various sports.

The school also takes students on tours outside Karachi and Pakistan in order to build their knowledge of the world. It has produced many extraordinary educated women who contributed to society in various fields.