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Higher Education Scholarships for Minority Communities doubled in Maharashtra

Maharashtra government has doubled the scholarship for seven notified minority communities including Muslims, Christians, Jain, Zoroastrian, Sikh, Buddhist, and Jew. Students belonging to these communities who are pursuing higher education are now entitled to an annual scholarship of Rs 50,000 from Rs 25,000.

Higher Education Scholarships for Minority Communities doubled in Maharashtra

Maharashtra government has doubled the scholarship for seven notified minority communities including Muslims, Christians, Jain, Zoroastrian, Sikh, Buddhist, and Jew. Students belonging to these communities who are pursuing higher education are now entitled to an annual scholarship of Rs 50,000 from Rs 25,000. The revised scholarship amount is implemented for minority groups of students who are pursuing Arts and full-time diploma programs.
The state government resolution issued on October 4 stated the revised scholarship amount. However, the annual income cap to avail the scholarship remains the same which is Rs 8 lakh per annum. Minority community students pursuing education in the fields of arts, science, and commerce will get a scholarship of Rs 5,000.
The scholarship amount is revised after over a decade and as per reports, the Eknath Shinde led Maharashtra government revised the amount after assessing the social, financial and educational status of Muslims in 56 cities across six revenue divisions of the state. The decision to revise the scholarship amount for minorities was taken by the state cabinet meeting.
In 2011 the annual income cap was revised from 2 lakh to 8 lakh for parents who were seeking to avail the benefits of scholarship. While the scholarship amount remained the same which is Rs 25,000.

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Rati Cooper’s Memory Honoured at Rajkumar College Rajkot

Rati Cooper was a legendary educator and teacher at the Rajkumar College in Rajkot. Over the decades she taught and made an impact on thousands of students who studied under her. Rati passed away a few years ago.

On 15th August, 2022 the Old Boys of the Rajkumar College honored the memory of Rati Cooper with the unveiling of a bust carved in her likeness. The ceremony began with eulogies delivered by various alumni in the College’s Bhavsinhji Hall. This was followed by the unveiling of the Bust in the Rati F. Cooper Kala Bhavan.

Rati was born in Bombay (now MUMBAI) on 6th January, 1930, the daughter of Framroz and  Maneckbai  Cooper of Lahore. She went to school at Auckland House, Simla and graduated from the Sacred Heart Convent, Lahore. At the age of six she began attending piano classes and ultimately became an accomplished pianist, qualifying as a Licentiate of the Trinity College of Music, London. In the late 1950’s she won a Fulbright Scholarship for studies at the State College for Teachers, New York and the Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies, Colorado, USA.

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In 1958, Rati Cooper joined the Rajkumar College, Rajkot, India, a Public School for Boys, as Headmistress of the Junior School. She was to spend a lifetime in the service of Education at the College, ultimately assuming charge as Warden Principal in 1991. She retired in the year 2000 and was honored with the title of Principal Emeritus. A building dedicated to activities relating to arts, crafts and Music was named the Rati F. Cooper Kala Bhavan in her honour.

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Rati Cooper passed away peacefully in Lahore on 8th March, 2019. She lives on through the lives and memories of a host of loving RkCians, colleagues and friends.

In January 2016 on a visit to Lahore, Pakistan; I had the privilege and fortune to meet Rati Aunty and her sister Perin Aunty. They were amazing hosts and they took me all over Lahore to take in the sights and sounds of that amazing city. Through conversations with them, I also got a glimpse into the small Parsi community that had been in Lahore for over a century.

Below is a picture from that trip. In the picture below Perin Aunty is at the left and Rati Aunty on her right.

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https://parsikhabar.net/news/rati-coopers-memory-honoured-at-rajkumar-college-rajkot/26570/

 

NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies – Fall 2022 Online Courses

NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies
 

We are excited to announce our Fall 2022 online courses.

 

Our Fall 2022 course calendar is attached.

Also attached is a detailed announcement of our course “An Introduction to Zoroastrianism“.  This interesting and informative course is being offered again due to its overwhelming success and demand when conducted twice last year.

 

For enrollment, request a Registration  Form – email: registrar.izs@namcmobeds.org

Associations and Organizations, please forward this announcement to all your members.

 

North American Mobeds Council
https://www.namcmobeds.org/

UNESCO-Al Fozan International Prize for the Promotion of Young Scientists

Call for applications for the UNESCO-Al Fozan International Prize for the Promotion of Young Scientists in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

The UNESCO-Al Fozan International Prize for the Promotion of Young Scientists in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) was created to encourage young people to undertake scientific careers and make their work more visible to the community and society. This is the first edition of the Prize, which recognizes the achievements of young people that are conducive to socio-economic transformation and development on a global scale while also increasing the interest of young people, particularly girls and women, in science so as to promote gender equality, scientific literacy and the choice of a scientific career.
Deadline: 15 November 2022
Learn more and apply here
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Fali Chothia Scholarships

The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust is now accepting applications for its 32nd 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.

FEZANA SCHOLARSHIPS (2022-23)

FEZANA SCHOLARSHIPS (2022-23)
APPLICATIONS FOR FEZANA SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOW INVITED FOR

1- FEZANA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

2- SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE FIELDS OF VARIOUS CREATIVE ARTS:
ENCOMPASSING THE PERFORMING ARTS, THEATRE STUDIES, DRAMATIC ARTS, MUSIC, INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL, INCLUSING PERFORMANCE AND THEORY OF MUSIC.  DANCE STUDIES, DRAWING, PAINTING, SCULPTURE-THEORY, AND PRACTICE 
OTHER FINE ARTS,  INCLUDING DESIGN AND GRAPHIC ARTS

3- FEZANA COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

All academic 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. Students from overseas must have studied in the US or Canada for at least two semesters before applying. Creative arts scholarships are available to any Zarathushti applicant who is pursuing a program in the creative arts (performing arts, fine arts, culinary arts, etc.).

AWARD CRITERIA—Graduate applicants will be rated on Scholastic Achievement,  Extracurricular Activities, and Community Service., undergraduate applicants will be rated on Scholastic Achievement, Financial Need, Extracurricular Activities, and Community Service.

APPLICATION FORMS—Application forms are available from the FEZANA website at www.fezana.org/scholarships.

Completed applications should be submitted online by July 15, 2022 (11:59 EST).

2022-2023 academic year, scholarships will be awarded in September 2022.

FEZANA SCHOLARSHIPS (2022-23)
Applications are invited for:

ENDOWED AND FEZANA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS
MEHRABAN AND MORVORID KHERADI Endowed Scholarship for Academic Excellence
(The FEZANA Scholar)
THE SHIRAZ AND DARIUS BAGLI FAMILY Endowed Scholarship.
FEZANA SCHOLARSHIP (6 AVAILABLE )
FEZANA 25th ANNIVERSARY Endowed Scholarship
MORVARID GUIV Endowed Scholarship
PURVEZ AND ABAN RUSTOMJI Endowed Scholarship
YASMIN AND SHAPUR PAVRI Endowed Scholarship
CAVASHA AND BIKHA  GORWALA  Endowed Scholarship
SOONU AND JAL BIRDY Endowed Scholarship
VILLY AND HOMI GANDHI Endowed Scholarship
DHUNMAI AND DOSABHAI NASSERWANJI GANDHI Endowed Scholarship
ROSTAM AND HOMAI KHERADI Endowed Scholarship
BANOOBAI AND MANECKSHAW KAPADIA Endowed Scholarship
Dr Minocher Rustom and Dowlat Minocher Vesuna WZO Endowed Scholarships
SHEROO DARABSHA KOLSAvALA Endowed Scholarship
FEZANA alumni Scholarship

Endowed and FEZANA Scholarships for the Creative Arts
Bapsy Irani Fine Arts Scholarship
Bapsy Irani Culinary Arts Scholarship
FEZANA SCHOLARSHIP for the Performing & Creative Arts
KEKI AND GOOLCHER CAPTAIN Endowed Scholarship for the Performing and Creative Arts

FEZANA Community SERvice Award

The names of successful applicants will be published on FEZANA.ORG,  in the FEZANA Journal, and will be available for online access.
All academic 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. Students from overseas must have studied in the US or Canada for at least two semesters before applying. Creative arts scholarships are available to any Zarathushti applicant who is pursuing a program in the creative arts (performing arts, fine arts, culinary arts, etc.).

SCHOLARSHIPSFor the 2022-2023 academic year, scholarships will be awarded in September 2022.

AWARD CRITERIA—Graduate applicants will be rated on Scholastic Achievement,  Extracurricular Activities, and Community Service., undergraduate applicants will be rated on Scholastic Achievement, Financial Need, Extracurricular Activities, and Community Service.

APPLICATION FORMS—Application forms are available from the FEZANA website at www.fezana.org/scholarships.

Completed applications should be submitted online by July 15, 2022 (11:59 EST).

Dr. Houshang Khatibi Scholarship Application Deadline July 31, 2022

This Scholarship Is Offered In Honor Of Dr. Houshang Khatibi
By Fereshteh Khatibi, her children Dr. Parmis Khatibi, Dr. Artemis Khatibi Dr. Nikan Khatibi
And Brother-in-law Shahbahram Yazdani.
 
They have dedicated a total of $22, 500 USD towards scholarships for 
15-Deserving Zoroastrian Students ($1,500 USD each)
 
Deadline for submitting an application is July 31,2022.

Bridging the Opportunity Gap | Freyaz Shroff | TEDxChandivali

As we extend our efforts to address inequity one step at a time, is a society with no economic discrimination in education attainable? This talk by Freyaz K. Shroff focuses on the certainty of it. Born and raised in India and educated in the USA, Freyaz K. Shroff moved back to India in 2006 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and an M.B.A. in International Business and Marketing. She established “KurNiv Foundation,” a non-profit organization that focused on preparing students, living primarily below the poverty line, in gaining admission into and completing college graduation through a proven peer-to-peer mentorship model. In addition to creating a new generation of teen and tween leaders, she also coaches parents and educators on how to raise youth leaders who are empathetic, sensitized, goal-oriented, and can work as part of success-driven teams. Freyaz addressed the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN-CSW) in 2012, while her students addressed the UN-CSW in 2021 and 2022. She was the recipient of the Jamshed Pavri Humanitarian Award in 2012. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Announcing the FEZANA Scholarships:

Call for Applications
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2022
Did you know that FEZANA gives out more than $80,000 in scholarships every year? FEZANA has scholarships for undergraduates, graduates, performing / creative arts, culinary arts, and fine arts. This year for the first time we will also be awarding Community Service Awards to recognize students who are also contributing to the Zoroastrian community. Applications for all scholarships and awards must be received by July 15, 2022.

To find more information and to apply: https://fezana.org/scholarships/
FEZANA’s Scholarship Program is funded by generous contributions from our members. If you would like to make a donation, please go here: https://fezana.org/scholarships/donate/

Zoroastrian Summer School 2022 – Applications Open

Zoroastrian Summer School 2022
Applications Now Open

We are pleased to announce that the Zoroastrian Summer School will be held again in 2022. The course will take place from the 20th to the 24th June at the Norwegian Institute in Rome.

Students at the 2019 summer school

The topic of the course is ‘Zoroastrianism as a religious minority in modern and contemporary Iran’. This course is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the study of Zoroastrianism. Students will be given an intensive learning experience consisting of lectures, discussions and interactive workshops. The course will be delivered by leading academics from Norway, the UK and the US.

Applications are open to both current (undergraduate or master’s) students and graduates. We give priority to students as the course can be taken for credit. There are no tuition fees, and only a £40 registration fee for successful applicants. We are pleased to offer three bursaries of up to £1000 to help with the costs of travel and accommodation.

The deadline for applications is 20th March 2022. To find more information on the course details and application requirements, please visit the SSPIZS website.

We look forward to reading your applications.

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Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
Tel: +44 (0)207 074 5146
Email: SSPIZS@soas.ac.uk
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