Technical Workshop closes down after 60 years
On 9th June 1946 Dadabhoy Hormuzji Mama opened the Technical Workshop Building with great difficulty and sacrifice. The Parsi community was asked to donate with open hearts and with great difficulty the amount to erect this building was gathered. A young man who had just come from Bombay was given the leadership of this new workshop, his name was Mr. Merwan Irani (yes - our Irani Master). After 10 years in 1956 with the leadership of Principal Rustomji the Ford Foundation from the US donated $25,000 worth of US made equipment for the school workshop, which to this day ran like it did on day one. All of those tools and machines have been scrapped for a few rupees, to a scrap dealer.
Many of us remember learning our technical skills that we have today on the lathe machines we used. To this day I thank the woodwork and metalwork classes that we had to take in school to improve our learning skills. The technical drawing classes have inspired a lot of our Virbaijeeites that grew up to be engineers and architects. We are the lucky ones that should thank our leaders and teachers for giving us these skills.
I was surprised to learn, that today US high schools have full fledged technical workshops for children to learn similar technical skills. These technical classes in the US have the same tools and offer similar classes that we had at the BVS. This highly valued skill will no longer be offered to our students at the BVS. But I guess all good things have to come to an end someday.
Towards that Best Light.