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BVS Parsi High School celebrates its 160th anniversary

KARACHI: The Bai Virbaijee Soparivala (BVS) Parsi High School celebrated its 160 years with prayers and a grand Milad on Thursday.

The BVS Parsi High School was founded in 1859 by Seth Shapurji Hormusji Soparivala and his family in a small Parsi Balakshala housed in the residence of Dadabhoy Palonji Paymaster. But as the school-going community increased, it outgrew the building. In 1869, Seth Shapurji lost his beloved wife, Bai Virbaiji. In May 1870 Seth Shapurji, who had been so far the greatest benefactor of the school, donated Rs10,000 on the condition that the school be named the Parsi Virbaiji School.

This school for Parsi children, shifted to the present school building on Abdullah Haroon Road in 1905. After the subcontinent’s partition in 1947, the school’s then principal Behram Rustomji opened its doors for the very first time to non-Parsis on the request of the Quaid-i-Azam. Today, Muslim students are in a majority here.

Now Muslim students outnumber the others in the institution set up for Parsi children

There were separate special morning prayers held for the students and teachers who followed the Zoroastrian religion and the Muslim, Christian and Hindu religions. In the school’s assembly area there were the boys attending the Milad in their crisp white shalwar kameez and matching prayer caps.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD

Meanwhile the boys on stage started with a recitation from the Holy Quran followed by Hamd, Naat and several speeches throwing light on the various aspects of Prophet Mohammad’s (Peace Be Upon Him) character and way of life such as ‘The Prophet as a Teacher’, ‘The Prophet as a Father’ and lectures about the bad habit of talking behind people’s backs and the importance of honesty.

Uzair Ahmed, an old Virbaijeeite, who happened to have the most beautiful of voices, and who passed out of the school a few years ago returned to present a few Hamd and Naat before two teachers — Shabana and Sania Saleem — took over.

The master of ceremonies, young Zaigham Abbas of class five, really impressed here with his confidence. Later, at the conclusion on the milad, he led the prayers as well.

Finally, Kermin Parakh, principal of BVS Parsi High School, joked that it was amazing that even though the school had turned 160 years old no one here looked that old. She also spoke about the old Virbaijeeite Uzair and teased him for having grown a little beard and mustache now. “I still remember how you mesmerised us with your angelic voice in class one,” she said before asking everyone to join her in prayer for the school’s, the city’s and country’s prosperity.

“We have children here following separate religions but we are all united for the same cause. May we always stay united,” she said before asking the school band to play the tune of ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Congratulations’ followed by the school song for which everyone stood up in respect of the noble organisation.

Published in Dawn, May 24th, 2019

Shazia Hasan

https://www.dawn.com/news/1484181

Study Zoroastrianism in Rome

The University of Bergen and SOAS in London offer this autumn a short course in Zoroastrianism. In Rome!

Zoroastrianism is a living religious tradition with historical roots in ancient Iran and Central Asia. Once the dominant religion in pre-Islamic Iran, the main contemporary Zoroastrian communities can be found in India, Iran, and a range of other countries such as Britain, Canada, the US and Sweden.

Courses on Zoroastrianism are few and far between. The University of Bergen (Norway) and the Shapoorji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies at SOAS, University of London have joined forces to offer international students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of this religion with its rich history.

The course is co-taught by well-known scholars in the field.
This year, Sarah Stewart (SOAS, author of Voices of Zoroastrian Iran) and Michael Stausberg (Bergen, co-editor of The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism) will be joined by Jenny Rose (Claremont, author of Zoroastrianism: a guide for the perplexed).

This year’s topic is “Zoroastrianism in modern and contemporary Iran”, where Zoroastrianism exists as a recognized religious minority. The course will address matters such as lived religious praxis, gender and community organizations, social, religious and ritual change, memory and visions of history, nationalist ideologies and minority rights.

We are offering an intensive learning experience. The course requires prior reading and class presentations. The course is held in English, so a good working knowledge of English is required. The course will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Norwegian Institute in Rome.

The summer school is free of charge. A limited number of bursaries to cover travel and living costs will be awarded on merit. Applicants will get further information. 

https://www.uib.no/ahkr/127128/study-zoroastrianism-rome

Fezana Scholarships – 2019

FEZANA Announces the opening of its Scholarship cycle. Applications are now being accepted for FEZANA Scholarships in the following categories:
Academic Scholarships
Performance and Creative Arts Scholarships
Excellence in Sports
Religious Education
Each of these scholarships have different application processes, requirements and deadlines. Please visit the Scholarship page to get the most current information.

Click Here for the FEZANA Scholarships page

PARSI KIDS FROM AHMEDABAD SHINE OUT IN CBSE AND ICSE Examination

CBSE and ICSE results are announced –
Ahmedabad based Parsi Boys and Girls have achieved with great success in
these examinations.
Their achievements are indeed laudable and highlighted. We wish them more success in future.
Heartiest congratulations to those who have done great in our community from Ahmedabad – they are:

1/ Kayroze Jamshed Shroff with 95.0% . CBSE Board
2/ Ria Adil Mirza with 84.6% . . CBSE Board
3/ Zeus Cherag Sethna with 83.0% . ICSE Board
4/ Kayan Jahish Daruwalla with 81.0% . CBSE Board
5/ Pearl Nozer Bokdawalla with 71.6% . CBSE Board

Since highest at 95% I attached photograph and result slip of Mr. Kayroze
Jamshed Shroff.
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Zoroastrian Studies Graduate Fellowship established at UCLA

Thanks to a gift in 2018 from the Trust of Morvarid Guiv, the Morvarid Guiv Graduate Fellowship in Zoroastrian Studies has been established in UCLA’s Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. Named after the late Iranian philanthropist Morvarid Guiv, the fellowship will support graduate students studying the Zoroastrian religion, its ancient history, languages, and scriptures. The gift secured additional matching support from the UCLA Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match program.

The Zoroastrian religion is one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world and was the dominant faith of the Iranian World (including Asia Minor and Central Asia) prior to the rise of Islam. The fellowship enables UCLA’s long-established doctoral Program of Iranian Studies to attract and train new generations of experts exploring the many facets of this influential, ancient Iranian religion that continues to thrive today—further reinforcing UCLA as the premier destination for scholars working on ancient Iran.

“It is a great privilege to host this timely fellowship that so wholly complements the mission and aspirations of the Pourdavoud Center and its eminent eponym,” said M. Rahim Shayegan, Director of the Pourdavoud Center. “The Morvarid Guiv Graduate Fellowship will not only strengthen the study of ancient Iran at UCLA, but also ensure that future generations of scholars pursue research in the languages and history of this remarkable religion.”

Born in Iran, Morvarid Guiv and her husband Rustam Guiv were successful business people who helped Zoroastrian communities by building schools, low-income residential projects, and Zoroastrian community centers. When they immigrated to the U.S., they founded Zoroastrian community centers in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

Graduate students awarded the fellowship will benefit from the presence of a strong faculty specializing in ancient Iran and the ancient world at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and from the unparalleled resources of the Pourdavoud Center, the first research institution in the Western hemisphere that aims to advance the knowledge of ancient Iranian languages, history and religions. Named for the late Professor Ebrahim Pourdavoud, a pioneering scholar of ancient Persia, the Pourdavoud Center aims to engage in transformative research on all aspects of Iranian antiquity, including its reception in the medieval and modern periods, by expanding on the traditional domains of Old Iranian studies and promoting cross-cultural and interdisciplinary scholarship. Professor Pourdavoud was the first scholar to translate the Avesta, the Zoroastrian sacred scriptures, into Persian.

U.S. Consulate General announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) – last date of application Feb 20, 2019 I

Hi,

Please find below the links of Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) uploaded on grants.gov. Grants related queries may be addressed to MumbaiGrants@state.gov

  1. M-NOFO-19-100: Conference “Opportunities for U.S.-Indian Higher Education STEM Collaboration”

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311482

  1. M-NOFO-19-101: Debate Clubs to Foster Leadership Skills in Underprivileged Youth

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311483

  1. M-NOFO-19-102: LGBT Pride Month Film Festival 2019

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311496

  1. M-NOFO-19-103: Promoting Diversity and Tolerance through Interfaith and Interclass Community Service Projects

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311484

  1. M-NOFO-19-104: Travelling Film Festival on Women’s Safety and Empowerment

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311497

  1. M-NOFO-19-105: U.S. Dance Troupe to Arts Festival in Tier-II City

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311498

  1. M-NOFO-19-106: Inspiring Social Good through Theatre

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311499

  1. M-NOFO-19-107: Disaster Management Studies Course

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311477

Regards,

U.S. Consulate General Mumbai

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400 free Ivy League university courses you can take online in 2019

The eight Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.

All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the US News and World Report 2017 national university rankings.

These Ivy League schools are also highly selective and extremely hard to get into. But the good news is that all these universities now offer free online courses across multiple online course platforms.

So far, they’ve created over 494 courses, of which around 396 are still active. Here’s a collection of all of them, split into courses in the following subjects: Computer Science, Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Art & Design, Science, Health & Medicine, Data Science, Education & Teaching, Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Personal Development, and Programming.

Click Here for more – https://qz.com/1514408/400-free-ivy-league-university-courses-you-can-take-online-in-2019/

NCPA Scholarships for Young Musicians 2019-20

Applications (bio-data on music education) are invited from students for a scholarship in advance training in Hindustani Music (vocal-khyal / dhrupad, percussion – tabla / pakhawal). The value of the scholarship is Rs. 7,500/- per month for one year (April 2019 to March 2020). Send in your application (bio-data on music education) via mail to ncpascholarships@gmail.com or in an envelope marked ‘City – NCPA Scholarship for Young Musicians 2019-20 (Hindustani Music)’ to the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021 on or before 31st Dec, 2018. Please note, application received after 31st Dec 2018 will not be accepted.

The application must contain details regarding the individual’s name, date of birth, address, contact number/alternate contact number ,professional qualification, email ID, music teacher/gurus, number of year of total training and details of achievements / prizes /scholarships and performances, amongst other net worthy details. The shortlisted candidates will be informed via email or telephone. They will be required to appear for an audition at the NCPA, Mumbai, in the month of February 2017. The decision of the NCPA Selection Committee will be final.

Contact No: 022-66223872/3737 (Mon to Fri. 10:30 am to 5:30 pm)

Eligibility Criteria & General Instructions:

  • Age Limit-

               For Khayal/Tabla/Pakhwaj – 18 to 30 years of age (as off 1st March 2019)

             For Dhrupad – 18 to 35 years of age (as off 1st March 2019)

  • Students who are beneficiaries of other scholarship/grant in the field of music during April 2019-20, are not eligible to apply.
  • Professional musicians including those with ‘A’ grade from All India Radio are not eligible to apply.
  • Only Indian citizens are eligible to apply. 

Click Here for more – https://www.ncpamumbai.com/event/scholarship-for-young-musicians-2019-20-hindustani-music#

Minority Education Loans – apply till year-end


Mumbai Chairman of Maulana Azad Minorities Financial Development Corporation Limited Haji Haider Azam said the deadline for filling up educational loan forms for minority students has been extended to December 31. Students of minority communities (Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Parsi and Jew) desiring to pursue professional and vocational courses like MBBS, MBA, BE etc) were asked to apply for educational loans trill November 30.  “Seeing the increasing demand from students and to facilitate more applications, we have extended the last date. Hopefully more students will take advantage of the loan’s scheme. The loan is for up to Rs 5 lakhs per student,”said Azam.

Students are required to apply online at https://malms.maharashtra.gov.in

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