Pithawalla's career as an educationist commenced in 1908 when he
was appointed as a temporary Religious Teacher in the Sir J. J.
Parsi Benevolent Institution, Bombay and then four short years in
the Bhopal State Education Service, before he could inaugurate and
join the Sardar Dastur Hoshang Boys High School in Poona in 1912.
his educational experience, he owes it firstly to his school-Madressa
education at Navsari and secondly to his college-Madressa education
in Bombay. His religious zeal coupled with his scholarship of ancient
languages of Avesta and Pahalavi, had made him more than a religious
teacher. His daily morning sermons in the central hall of the school
as he chanted Avestan songs from his 'Daily Dips into Avesta', and
reciting the litany to fire -Atash Niyash on Hamkara days were instrumental
in imbibing Zarathushtian ideals of righteousness, truth, self-help,
compassion and charity in the young minds who could be an asset
to their homes, family, country and the world.
being an inspiring teacher of religion and as well as of academical
subjects, he was associated with the founding of the Sind Secondary
Teacher's Association. A prolific writer whose works was a link
between the three civilization of Persia, India and Britain as reported
in 'Poetry & The Play' of Birmingham & London; a prodigous
scientist. A geographer actively involved in Sind Geographical Society
and an examiner in geography for the university and also an examiner
in geology for students studying upto the master's level.
a humble beginning as a temporary religious teacher through utmost
diligence he rose to the pinnacle of his educational career culminating
as a principal of a school. Though well equipped to earn accolades
in the fields of geography and science, he chose to remain an educationist
---a profession, which was overwhelmingly dear to his heart. He
gave away the best years of his life to make the school a model
institute in education and in extra curricular activities that mounded
the students to be of sound in mind and body. For this singular
achievement and his devotion to the school his service was superannuated
from the retirement age of 55 to the age of 60.
20th November 1946 he stepped out from the principal's office and
climbed down the stairs to bid a sad adieu to a period of twenty-six
years, for a retired life.
was well known and respected within the community, and on his being
conferred the degree of Doctorate in Science by the University of
London, various Parsi institutions of Karachi jointly honored him.
those bright and mischievous boys who were fortune to study under
Dr. Pithawalla fondly remembered him, for he had won their hearts.
Strict as he was to uphold his principles, at times he had to wield
the cane on those who erred. But deep within him was a sympathetic,
caring soul, --a source of lasting encouragement.
years later on 20th November 1955 was his seventieth birthday when
Old Virbaijeeitees as an expression of their deep gratitude for
their ex-principal honoured Dr. Pithwalla. One of his brightest
pupils and then the president of the Old Virbaijeeites Associaton,
Dr. Roeinton Burjor Khambatta extold:
a man completes his alloted Biblical span of three score years and
ten, it is a great achievement. The greater is the feat when age
presents no barrier to his pursuit of knowledge, and breadth of
vision. Today we Old Virbaijeeites honor such a man and we are proud
to do so. We have built no monuments for you and have erected no
pillars. Great empires have built these and have been razed to the
ground, forgotten forever. We give you something more-the promise
of a thousand and more Old Virbaijeeitesto tread the paths you hacked
out so well, to pass on your teachings by word and mouth to the
generations that come to always seek that goal you set for us "TOWARDS
THE BEST LIGHT"
the motto "Towards the Best Light", coined by him for
the school, permeates Dr. Pithawalla's enliven spirit - blessing
all who enter the portals of the B.V.S. Parsi High School of Karachi.
by Virasp Mehta - Old Virbaijeeite and a student of Dr. Pithawalla)