THE SAKLAT PHYSICAL CULTURE INSTITUTE

THE SAKLAT PHYSICAL CULTURE INSTITUTE

(Established 1933)

The Institute was inaugurated on 1st July 1933 under the Chairmanship of Prof. D. N. Wadia. It is registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act 1961 and is temporarily located at 9, Bow Street, Kolkata 700 012.
 
Its aims and objectives are to encourage and develop the character and physical condition of the youth of the Parsee Community through the following activities - gymnastics, swimming and scouting / guiding. Both the Gymnasium and Swimming Sections, which used to be very active in the past, are now, regrettably, at a standstill.
 
However, since 1936, with the introduction of the Scouts and Guides Section - the exciting world of Scouting made a grand entry and is at present the main activity of the Institute.
 
The Scout Troop, under the First Calcutta District Association of Bharat Scouts and Guides was founded on 5th October 1936 under the leadership of Mr. Ardeshir Kaikobad Batlivala and later on, to enable all children of the community to take full advantage of this world-wide Movement, a Cub Pack was formed in July 1957, followed by a Bulbul Flock in April 1967 and a Guide Company in April 1968.
 
The Institute has come a long way since then, and has had to its credit hundreds of boys and girls who have grown into matured men and women holding important positions in their various fields of activities; together with leaders in the Scouting Guiding Movement who have held and are still holding posts at District and State levels.
 
In April, 2009 the Institute opened a new chapter in their history by becoming the first Kolkata Parsee Institute to welcome children of parents whose mothers are Parsee Zoroastrians and whose fathers are non-Parsees, to become "Associates" of the Institute. Through a resolution passed by an overwhelming majority at an Extra Ordinary General Meeting, on 29th April, the new rule came into effect. Thus the Institute stood up for the cause of Parsee women and gave them an opportunity to virtually come at par and get equality of status in what was traditionally been a male dominion.

SPCI COMMITTEE 2015 -16

 
President:                             Noshir Wadia
Vice-Presidents:                 Navaz Gherda & Burjor Khambatta
Hony. Secretary:                 Dinaz Jeejeebhoy
Hony. Treasurer:                 Jemi Bilimoria
Gymnasium Secretary:     Nauzer Batlivala
Swimming Secretary:        Ratan Postwalla
Senior Members:                Khushmand Buchia & Gulnar Mehta

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