Mumbai school – Bharda school in Mumbai’s Fort district
founded this Mumbai school – Jalbhai Dorabji Bharda
Bharda school in Mumbai’s Fort district is a well-known institution since the late 19th century and has produced
some of the most illustrious sportsmen, lawyers, politicians and judges. But little-known is the man
who founded this Mumbai school – Jalbhai Dorabji Bharda, whose 100th death anniversary falls this Monday (July 12, 2021).
Parsi historian Marzban Giara has dug out some interesting nuggets from the life of this renowned educationist and scientist.
Born in 1864, Jalbhai, at age 24 bagged the Edinburgh Scholarship and later joined Fort High School as a senior teacher.
At the young age of 27 he joined another senior teacher Kekobad Behramji Murzban and devised a plan for a new high school at Bombay.
The “New High School” was inaugurated on 1st January 1891. Its motto was “Ever New”.
The school’s fame increased within a year, due to Mr. Murzban and Mr. Bharda.
“The creation of the biggest private school for boys in the British Commonwealth at one time with
2,600 students and 90 teachers was the culmination of the efforts of selfless devotion to the cause of education.
Mr. Bharda was the joint Principal of Bombay’s New High School which was considered an exemplary
private educational institution in the whole of India,’’ says Giara. This school was the nursery of Indian cricketers.
Mr. Bharda was a great scientist and his favourite subject was astronomy which he studied till he passed away.
Bharda was the epitome of high morality and discipline. He was a fluent and fascinating speaker.
He was a lover of English literature and an avid reader. Instead of making students write imposition
such as I must not talk in class, the students were assigned to read or write a passage from English literature.
He passed away at age 57 on 12th July 1921. After his death the Mumbai school founded by him was named Bharda New High School.
“A bust in marble of the late Jalbhai Dorabji Bharda was presented to the school by his grateful pupils, friends and admirers.
It was unveiled by the Hon’ble Justice Dinshaw Fardunji Mulla on 1st December 1923,’’ informs Giara.