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: https://zamwi.org/fcct/

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, farrokh.Mistree@ou.edu
  2. Farrokh Rustomjee, Chief Executive, R. D. Sethna Scholarship Fund, Esplanade House, 29, Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort, Mumbai-400001, Tel: 022-22077044; Email: office@rdsethnascholarships.org Website: www.rdsethnascholarships.org
  3. Neville Shroff, The Incorporated Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hongkong, Canton and Macao, hkzcfund@netvigator.com
  4. T J Ravishankar, J. N. Tata Endowment, Mulla House, 4thfloor, 51, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai-400001. Tel:022-66657643Email:tjravishankar@tatatrusts.org
  5. M George – Vice President, Paras Education Foundation, 4th floor, Khetan Bhavan, J. Tata Road, Churchgate, Mumbai-400020, Web: www.isloan.org  Tel: 022-22831637, Email: george@isloan.org  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 https://zoom.us/j/8487251418 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 yazdi@on-lyne.com (+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
yazdi@on-lyne.com“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources currently controlled.”

Please consider becoming a member by visiting www.wzcc.org 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 academicscholarship@fezana.org
  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 academicscholarship@fezana.org

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.
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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.


SOAS Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of the Shapoorji Pallonji endowment for scholarships in Zoroastrian studies at SOAS there are a number of awards available for UK/EU and Overseas fee-paying students. These Will normally provide a contribution to fees of up to a maximum of £13,000 each year for the duration of the award. In addition, a stipend of up to £10,000 per annum (or pro rata for part-time students) may also be awarded. The MPhil/PhD scholarship is paid for 3 years. The MA is paid for one year (or over two years if part-time). Applicants should follow the following steps:

• STEP 1: Apply for your programme by 17:00 (UK local lime) on 1 May 2018. Applicants must submits a complete online plication for admission. Applicants for the MPhil/ PhD scholarships must have demonstrated in the research proposal of their application for admission that their research is in one of the following subject areas : Avestan language, Pahlavi language Persian language, and Gujarati language.

• STEP 2:  Apply for the scholarship by 17:00 (UK local time) on 1 May 2018. You must apply for this scholarship via this online scholarship application form.

For enquiries contact: scholarships@soas.ac.uk

The Tata Centre for Development Announces 14 New Research Projects

The Tata Centre for Development Announces 14 New Research Projects, New Affiliation with Becker Friedman Institute

The projects, led by nearly two dozen UChicago faculty and researchers across six schools and divisions, will add to TCD’s robust research agenda.

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

With tremendous excitement, I am writing to share that the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago (TCD) has selected 14 new research projects to launch in 2018. The projects represent a total of $1.6 million in funding directed to outstanding research projects and will be led by nearly two dozen UChicago faculty and graduate students from six different schools and divisions.
It is also my pleasure to announce that TCD has joined the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) as an affiliated center, strengthening TCD’s partnership with the Chicago Economics community. As the faculty director for both TCD and BFI, I look forward to expanding the depth and scope of work by UChicago scholars to leverage evidence-driven research to help address economic and social challenges in India. TCD is supported by Tata Trusts and we look forward to an ongoing partnership around this important work.

Learn More about Tata Trusts 

“Rigorous, economic research has always been the foundation of TCD’s work to address development challenges in India. Through our relationship with the Becker Friedman Institute and the exciting portfolio of new projects, we aim to achieve significant impact by translating new research into actionable policy insights.”

– Manoj Kumar, Senior Advisor and Head of Innovation, Tata Trusts


New Grants and Expanded Research Agenda

TCD’s affiliation with BFI will strengthen the University’s long-standing commitment to India, which also includes the University of Chicago Center in Delhi, the Energy Policy Institute’s India office (EPIC-India), and the South Asian Languages and Civilizations DepartmentTCD utilizes cutting edge research from across the Chicago economics community, coupled with resources to translate and disseminate rigorous ideas, to improves lives throughout India.
TCD has selected 14 new research projects to launch in 2018. The projects were selected as part of a months-long process that began with an open call to Chicago faculty and researchers in October, and culminated with selection by a majority-independent review committee and the Tata Trusts. The projects represent a total of $1.6 million in funding and will involve a multi-disciplinary mix of UChicago faculty and graduate students from six different schools and divisions.

View the 2018-2019 Research Grants
The new grants will expand TCD’s research portfolio to include a wide range of issue areas: water pollution and measurement, climate change, education, air pollution, fiscal policy, human capital, land policy and more. In the tradition of Chicago economics, much of this research extends beyond the conventional boundaries of the economics profession and into areas where economics can lend new insights. Across all of this work, TCD will work with researchers to connect new ideas to policymakers, innovators, and entrepreneurs to ensure that research and pilot projects have real-world impact.

The TCD has been partnering with UChicago faculty and centers since its founding in 2016. More information on existing research projects can be found here

From Our Grantees

Anjali Adukia, Assistant Professor, The University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and the College, and 2018 TCD grant recipient

“This exciting partnership will not only enable scholars at the University of Chicago to conduct high-quality, deeply grounded research in India, but it will also facilitate the translation of that work such that it can inform and influence real-world policy and practice.” 

Dr. Nishant Agrawal, Chief of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, UChicago Medicine, and 2018 TCD grant recipient 

“The need for low-cost, non-invasive scalable interventions for diseases like cancer and diabetes is becoming increasingly urgent worldwide, including in India. For researchers like me, a key challenge is finding partners who can help lay the groundwork and connect research ideas to practical ideas for implementation.This grant provides a unique opportunity to translate research insights for early diagnosis of oral cancer into interventions that can benefit people’s lives.” 

John List, The Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and Chairman, Department of Economics, and 2018 TCD grant recipient

“TCD will provide me a unique opportunity to collaborate with researchers and innovators in India and across the world to identify promising solutions for addressing India’s most pressing educational challenges.”

From left: Nicole Anderson and Michael Greenstone


Staff & Leadership

TCD’s professional staff is located in Chicago and Delhi. We are delighted that Nicole Anderson has joined the Chicago team as U.S. Director of Programs. In this position, she will facilitate TCD research and activities within the University of Chicago community. Nicole brings energy and experience to the position, having previously served as interim TCD Country Director and as Associate Director of Talent and Program Operations at the International Innovation Corps at the University of Chicago, where she led the development of the strategy for recruiting top young professionals from around the world.

Ammon Johnson will remain with TCD’s Chicago team as Finance Manager. Aalia Khan leads financial operations in India, and Priyam Pandey leads our efforts related to training and education. Anant Sudarshancurrently serves as TCD’s Interim Country Director. I am happy to share that a search is underway for a permanent Country Director based in Delhi.

We will keep you updated on new developments as we undertake this exciting work.


Michael Greenstone
Director, Tata Centre for Development and Becker Friedman Institute for Economics; Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School

Learn more at tcd.uchicago.edu