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Preserving Mumbai’s Cultural Legacy

Virtusa Corporation Supports Restoration of the Iconic B.J.P.C Institution

Mr. Rustom N.B, Trustee of the BJPC Institution and Mr. Santosh Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Virtusa Corporation unveiling the coffee table book at the successful completion of the restoration project of the Institution in Mumbai today – Photo By GPN

Mr. Ram M, Chief Technology Officer, Virtusa Corporation, Swwapnil Joshi, Actor and Alumni BJPCI, during the unveiling of the Plaque after the completion of the restoration of the Institution in Mumbai today – Photo By GPN

Mr. Rustom N.B, Trustee of the BJPC Institution Lighting the Ceremonial Lamp – Photo By GPN

Virtusa Corporation and the Trustees of the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Parsee Charitable Institution (B.J.P.C.I) jointly unveil a Landmark Restoration.

Virtusa Corporation alongwith The Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Parsee Charitable Institution (B.J.P.C.I) celebrated The Grand Unveiling Ceremony of the Renovated B.J.P.C.I Facilities and A Captivating Coffee Table Book – Unwrapping The Story of a Landmark Restoration in presence of Swwapnil Joshi, Indian Film & Television Actor & alumni; Mr. Santosh Thomas, CEO, Virtusa Corporation and Mr. Rustom N.B. Jeejeebhoy, Trustees of The B.J.P.C Institution today Thursday, 9th November 2023 at Venue:The B.J.P.C Institution, Maharishi Karve Marg, Opp Charni Road Station, Girgaon, Mumbai – 400004.

MUMBAI, 9th NOVEMBER, 2023 (GPN) – Virtusa Corporation, a leading provider of digital engineering, and technology services through its philanthropic arm, Virtusa Foundation, is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Parsee Charitable Institution (B.J.P.C.I) Heritage School Restoration Project. The restoration of this iconic institution not only preserves a vital piece of history but also underscores Virtusa’s commitment to fostering education, empowering future generations, and contributing to a sustainable environment.

Furthermore, Swwapnil Joshi, renowned actor and an esteemed alumnus of the B.J.P.C.I, graced the event with his presence. In addition, Santosh Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Virtusa Corporation, Amit Bajoria, Chief Finance Officer, Virtusa Corporation,  Ram Meenakshisundaram, Chief          Technology Officer, Virtusa Corporation and the B.J.P.C.I trustees together unveiled the captivating Coffee Table Book – “Unwrapping The Story of a Landmark Restoration,” making the event a truly exceptional and meaningful occasion. 

At the event, Santosh Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Virtusa Corporation, emphasized, “It has been a great privilege for Virtusa to collaborate with the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Parsee Charitable Institution (B.J.P.C.I) in the restoration of this historic structure. As a company that believes strongly in social responsibility, this project aligns with our corporate sustainability ethos.” 

He continued, “The Virtusa Foundation has built a comprehensive program to foster access to education for over 15 years. These initiatives have benefitted over 20,000 students. Today, with the restoration of this 132-year-old beautiful structure, we are able to mark another milestone in this mission that will benefit students and society for generations. The opportunity to support the restoration of this iconic building and preserve a piece of history that will provide opportunity to young minds will always be cherished. It has been an honour to help the B.J.P.C.I safeguard this mission so that the dreams of countless students can be fostered for years to come.”

Founded in 1891, the B.J.P.C.I holds an esteemed position in the annals of Mumbai’s cultural and educational history. Nestled at 33, M. Karve Marg, this architectural masterpiece stands as a cornerstone of the city’s rich heritage. The B.J.P.C.I is recognized as a heritage structure in Mumbai and was the recipient of The Urban Heritage Award in 1993 for being the “Best Preserved Monumental Building”.

Key highlights of the B.J.P.C Institution and the restoration project include:

  • Historical Significance: With a legacy spanning 132 years, the B.J.P.C.I stands as one of Mumbai’s oldest educational institutions, making significant contributions to the city’s academic landscape.
  • Architectural Marvel: The institution’s heritage building, designed by Master Architect Khan Bahadur Muncherji C. Murzban follows the Gothic Revival style and boasts unique teakwood screens and coloured glass elements.
  • Academic Excellence: The B.J.P.C.I offers a comprehensive educational program spanning from kindergarten to senior classes, serving over 1400 students. The institution consistently maintains an impressive 100% success rate in board exams, which stands as a testament to its steadfast commitment to academic excellence.

Amit Bajoria, Chief Finance Officer, Virtusa Corporation, echoed this sentiment, said, “Revitalizing a heritage school like the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Parsee Charitable Institution (B.J.P.C.I) not only preserves its rich legacy but also empowers future generations.”

He further added, “Our participation in this initiative has brought us great satisfaction, and the accomplishment strongly aligns with the core pillars of the Virtusa Foundation: enhancing access to education, preserving our environment, and empowering society.” 

Rustom N.B, Trustee of The B.J.P.C institution, expressed gratitude, said, “Virtusa, our collaborators, have generously financed the restoration and renovation of the building. Their patience and timely input of funds made the difference between old and the freshly renovated appearance of our building. This building is a rarity in our city, and we are happy and honoured to say it will be sent as an entry for the UNESCO Heritage award by our architect. A resounding thanks to Virtusa Corporation from the trustees, staff, and students of The B.J.P.C.I.”

Through strategic partnerships and active community engagement, the Virtusa Foundation is dedicated to addressing societal challenges while paving the way for a brighter future. Virtusa employs an “Engineering First” approach to creative problem-solving, which empowers individuals and communities to enhance social outcomes for all. This approach is what Virtusa refers to as “Engineering with Purpose.”

About Virtusa:

Virtusa Corporation is a global provider of digital business strategy, digital engineering, and information technology (IT) services and solutions that help clients change, disrupt, and unlock new value through innovative engineering. Virtusa serves Global 2000 companies in Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare, Communications, Media, Entertainment, Travel, Manufacturing, and Technology industries.

Virtusa helps clients grow their business with innovative products and services that create operational efficiency using digital labor, future-proof operational and IT platforms, and rationalization and modernization of IT applications infrastructure. This is achieved through a unique approach blending deep contextual expertise, empowered agile teams, and measurably better engineering to create holistic solutions that drive the business forward at unparalleled velocity enabled by a culture of cooperative disruption.

Virtusa is a registered trademark of Virtusa Corporation.  All other company and brand names may be trademarks or service marks of their respective holders.

Virtusa Corporation Supports Restoration of the Iconic B.J.P.C Institution, Preserving Mumbai’s Cultural Legacy


Upcoming Courses: Introduction to Zoroastrianism, and Gathas 101


                                           NAMC institute of Zoroastrian Studies
                                         We are pleased to announce our upcoming courses:
 Introduction to Zoroastrianism
                               Saturdays at 2 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Saving Time) – September 9 to October 7, 2023
                             Instructors: Ervad Tehemton Mirza, Mobedyar Khushroo Mirza, and Mr. Kayomarsh Mehta
                                                           Gathas 101 (Gathas Simplified)
                               Saturdays at 2 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Saving Time) – October 14 to November 11, 2023
           (Please note that Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 5, therefore, only the last class on Nov. 11 will be at 2 pm Eastern Standard Time)
                                  Presenter: Dr. Karishma Koka (PhD Neuroscience, University of Cambridge)
           For enrollment in the course, please fill out the ‘Registration Form’ by clicking the QR code or the link given above or request a ‘Registration Form’ from the registrar – email:
Associations and Organizations:   Please forward this announcement including the attachment to all your members.  Thank you.
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Fali Chothia Charitable Trust now accepting Annual Scholarship Applications

The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust is now accepting applications for its 33rd 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:
Please contact Feroza Fitch at with queries.

ZYNA Graduation Ceremony + Professional Development Seminar


ZYNA Zoroastrian Youth of North America
ZYNA Graduation Ceremony: All Zoroastrian Youth who are graduating across North America deserve to be celebrated!
Sunday, June 11th, at 7 PM EST/ 4 PM PSTClick to: Join Zoom Meeting

Zoom ID: 818 3188 7307 Passcode: ZYNA

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How To Ace An Interview

ZYNA’s Professional Development Committee is here to help anyone who wants to ace their job interviews!

Join Roxanne Unwalla to learn some nifty tips and tricks that will help you be amazing in your interview, including mock interview sessions to really put it to the test. Event moderated by Meher Narielwala and Farah Randelia

Wednesday, June 21st, from 9 PM EST/ 6 PM PST

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R D Sethna Scholarships ties up with Technical University of Denmark

R. D. Sethna Scholarship Fund and The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) share an
interest in strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of higher education between India
and Denmark and promote stronger ties between the two Institutions.
To achieve this objective, R. D. Sethna Scholarship Fund and DTU have entered into a
Memorandum of Understanding. This is perhaps the first joint venture programme in India
between the two Institutions to help students achieve their scholastic pursuits.
Students who will be admitted to the Under-graduate degree Bachelor of Science (BSc) in
General Engineering ( or Master degree program Graduate – Master of Science in
Engineering programmes ( at DTU will be eligible to apply for a loan scholarship from
R. D. Sethna Scholarship Fund.
R. D. Sethna Scholarship Fund conducts one of India’s oldest and well-respected loan
scholarship programmes, assisting outstanding and deserving Indian students of all
The R. D. Sethna Scholarships are investments in young Indian citizens, to empower the
pursuit of their academic interests and careers. The loan scholarships are granted on the basis
of meritorious performance, to facilitate payment of tuition fees, academic material and
related expenses for enhancing the education experience.
Students interested in pursuing under-graduate and Masters studies at DTU can contact:
Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Website: Technical University of Denmark – DTU
Contact person: Ms. Vanita Singh, Email ID: Phone: +4545257875
Students seeking loan scholarships can contact:
R. D. Sethna Scholarship Fund,
Email: Phone: +91 22 22077044, 40028406
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