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Dadabhai Naoroji Scholarship

Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) and

Jamshed and Shirin Guzder Trust

Dr. Dadabhai Naoroji Scholarship.

Trustees of the Parsi Punchayet Bombay and Trustees of Jamshed and Shirin Guzder Trust (through the Parsi Punchayet Bombay) have initiated two Scholarships each (i.e. 4 in all) called DR. DADABHAI NAOROJI SCHOLARSHIPS of Rs.2,000/- each per annum per Scholarship for the year 2008-2009 for Parsi Zoroastrian boys and girls who secure 80% and above of any recognized Std. X Examination, such as S.S.C., I.C.S.E., C.B.S.E., or any other equivalent recognized Examination passed in March 2008.

Two of the above Scholarships of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet are reserved for students who have preferably taken up Arts Faculty, whereas the other two , Scholarships from Jamshed and Shirin Guzder Trust are open to students from any faculty i.e. Arts, Commerce and Science. The criteria of eligibility for all the 4 Scholarships is the same. College admission proof for joining a College study starting from July 2008 will have to be produced by the applicants.

Applications in the below mentioned prescribed format should be forwarded to Mr. C. S. Panthaki, Sr. Executive (Welfare), Bombay Parsi Punchayet, 209, Dr. D. N. Road, Fort, Mumbai 400 001, latest by August 14, 2008. Those awardees who continue to achieve similar excellence during subsequent academic. years will be eligible, on application being made, to receive the Scholarship from year to year, till completion of their Graduation.














(i.e. Arts, Science, Commerce)

N.B. Xerox Copies of Awards / Certificates to be attached in the above stated order. APPLICATIONS FURNISHED ON THE PRESCRIBED FORMAT ONLY WOULD BE CONSIDERED ~

ZAWA’s Helpline

ZAWA’s Helpline

Zoroastrians migrating, visiting and studying in Perth, Western Australia, may contact The Zoroastrian Association Of Western Australia INC (ZAWA). ZAWA can help introduce you and your family to the Zoroastrian community and can direct you towards relevant government organisations who can provide further assistance and guidance based on your individual.circumstances.

Visit our website for more information.

Piroja Fali Forbes Award


(Donated by her daughter Sherie Adi Ashburner) AND


Applications are invited for the above two Awards from Parsi Boys and Girls who have achieved highest marks in the I.C.S.E / S.S.C / C.B.S.E. Examinations held in March 2008 from a recognized School in Proper Mumbai and Suburbs.

Both the Awards consist of Rs.5,000 in Cash and an engraved Silver Plate.

Applications giving details of academic and extra curricular activities alongwith xerox copy of the marksheet and certificates, .should be forwarded to the Sr. Executive (Welfare), ,Parsi Punchayet Office, 209, Dr. D. N. Road, Fort, Mumbai. 400 001.

The last date for submission of the application is 8th August 2008.

Assistance for joining Coaching Classes


Bombay Parsi Punchayet invites applications from Parsi. students who have appeared for the S.S.C./ I.C.S,E. Examination held in March 2008 from a recognized School in proper Mumbai and Suburbs and have secured 65% marks and above each in Mathematics and Science subjects for being partly assisted on Merits mainly by way of classes fees for training at Private Coaching Classes. Object is to help them secure sufficiently high marks in the abovementioned subjects in Std. XII – Science Examination to gain entry into Medical and Engineering Degree Colleges.

Application Forms can be had from Mr. Burjor R. Wadewala, Dy. Executive-Education, Parsi Punchayet Office, 209, Dr. D. N. Road, Fort, Mumbai 400 001. Last date for receiving application forms duly completed is 8th August 2008

Open Merit Scholarships



Also for Members of the Play Centre Merit Scholarship Prizes from STD I to Graduation & Post Graduation Students for March 2008.

(1) Parsi Students of Mumbai, Maharashtra & Gujarat States, who have secured 87% and above percentage of marks in S.S.C. / I.C.S.E. / C.B.S.E. Examinations of March 2008 are eligible to receive Cash Prizes of Rs. 1,000/- each and a Merit Certificate. Over and above this, a Student securing highest percentage of marks in each section will be awarded Pure Silver Medal in memory of Late Khody P. Kolah (Founder of the Play Centre).

(2) Late Shirinbai & Ratansha Sahuraja Merit Scholarship Prize for B.Com.

A Parsi Student who has secured highest percentage of marks among all Parsi Students, in B.Com (Final) Exam of March 2008 from Mumbai University, will be awarded Cash Prize of Rs.1000/-, A Merit Certificate and A Pure Silver Medal in memory of Late Shirinbai & Ratansha Sahuraja.

(3) ONLY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PLAY CENTRE- School & College Students

Merit Scholarship Prize – Cash & Silver Medals for March 2008.


(a) Std I to Std IV 80% & above (b) Std V to Std VII 70% & above

(c) Std VIII, IX,X(S.S.C.lI.C.S.E.) 60% & above

(d) College All Faculties all classes 60% & above

(e) Graduate I Post Graduate 60% & above

Silver Medals in memory of Late Silloo Phiroze Daruwalla, Late Godrej B. Bhagat and Late Shapoorji Dastoor

All eligible students are required to submit a Certified True Copy of Mark Sheets for Sr. Nos. 1 & 2 and a covering letter alongwith a passport size photo mandatory. For Sr. No 3 (Members) A Certified True Copy of Mark Sheet only. Kindly submit at:

Jt. Secretary, The Nowroze Baug Play Centre, Clo P/2 Nowroze Baug, Dr.S.SRao Road Lalbaug, Mumbai-400012. Contact No: 24714244 (Nariman E. Mehta) OR 9833922906 (Mrs. Yasmin R. Engineer – Jt. Secretary).

Last Date of Submission: 6th August 2008.

Prizes will be awarded at the 63 Birthday Celebration of the Play Centre in November 2008. Exact date, time & venue will be intimated by courier to eligible students. All prize winners will collect their prizes personally at the Function.

Scholarships – Shree Parsi Panchayat, Vadodara


Shree Parsi Panchayat, Vadodara (Baroda) invites applications from Parsi/Irani Zoroastrian students for the understated two Scholarships:


One Scholarship of Rs 20,000 would be awarded to a student for prosecutingUnder–Graduate, Post-Graduate or Research studies at any of the following institutions, in any subject or discipline :

1.Any Indian Institute of Technology ( I.I.T.) or any Institute ofManagement ( I.I.M.).

2.Any All India Institute of repute.

3.Any National Laboratory/Institute under C.S.I.R.

4.Any Foreign University/Institute of repute.

The Scholarship would be given to students in India or abroad. The students and parents both must be citizens of India. The Scholarship would also be open to students whose parents are working abroad but continue to remain citizens of India. Only outstanding students with a consistently excellent academic record will be considered.


One Scholarshipof Rs 5,000 would be awarded to a student studying in 1st,2nd or 3rdM.B.B.S. Course at any recognized Medical College in India.

Application Forms for both the Scholarships may be obtained by sending a self-addressed envelope (4” x 9”) to the Secretary, Shree Parsi Panchayat, Hira Baug, Post Office Road, Fatehgunj, Vadodara, 390002.

Last date for receipt of duly filled application forms is September 30, 2008.

B N Parsi Dharmshala,P O Road,Fatehgunj, Vadodara-390002

 + 91 – 265 – 2793979

Mama Parsi School threatens to shut down

Thursday, June 19, 2008
By Shamim Bano

The Mama Parsi School has threatened to shut operations after serving the educational sector for more than 90 years due to what the school management termed ‘continuous harassment by the education department.’

The school was established in 1918 in Karachi exclusively for Parsi students, while the admission of Muslim girls was allowed only after 1947 at the request of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah. The school celebrated 90 years in April this year. Shutting the institution down could potentially damage the academic futures of thousands of students.

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Ahura Scholarships

Ahura Scholarship for year of 2008-2009


Young Zoroastrians are invited to apply for the Ahura Scholarship for the academic year of 2008-2009. There were five grants last year, and the Ahura Scholarship Board looks forward to receiving your applications this year. The Ahura Scholarship mission: 


To promote leadership among young Zoroastrians in the academic, social, and political spheres.  



 The application for Ahura Scholarship for 2008 -2009 school year is now available online for download. Please click here to access the application

R D Sethna Scholarship Fund

R D Sethna Scholarship, one of the oldest and best known scholarship programme was initiated after the death of Mr R D Sethna, Indian Philanthropist in 1938 assisting outstanding and deserving students of all communities.

Mr R D Sethna was clear in his approach to philanthropy: it had to be directed to specific causes, normally of large magnitude in support of higher education, “For the promotion and encouragement of Scientific, Technical, Industrial and Commercial instruction or education” in ways beneficial to society: Mr R D Sethna envisioned that his plan for granting financial assistance to students would broaden their academic interests and in turn benefit the Nation.

Parsi Zarthushti, Prof. Vistasp Karbhari Heads Univ.of Alabama’s Academic Affairs



According to a news report in India Journal, May 9, 2008:


“Prof Karbhari to Head Alabama Varsity’s Academic Wing  SAN DIEGO, CA – An Indian-American professor has been chosen to head the Academic Affairs wing of prestigious University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Dr. Vistasp M. Karbhari, from University of California, San Diego, was chosen Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs in the university.


     Dr. Karbhari who has his roots in Pune, was named by Alabama University’s president David Williams, who called his performance “masterful”.  “I am extraordinarily impressed by his energy and his academic prowess,” Williams said.


     Karbhari, a professor of material science and structural engineering at University of Southern California, will join the Alabama University on September one.


    “The University of Alabama in Huntsville has already had a tremendous impact and each of the five colleges has, in a short span of time, risen to a high level of excellence,” the distinguished Indian-American professor said.


    Karbhari earned his doctorate at the University of Delaware in 1991, and his master’s and bachelor degrees at the University of Pune.”



Maneck Bhujwala 






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