Pherozeshah Mehta's contribution to public life unparallel: Krishna
Mumbai, Dec 28 (UNI) Sir Pherozeshah Mehta's contribution to the University of Mumbai, Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) and nationalist movement was unparalleled, Maharashtra Governor S M Krishna said.
Speaking at inauguration ceremony of the Pherozeshah Mehta Bhavan and Research Centre of the University of Mumbai at its Kalina Campus here yesterday, Mr Krishna said Mehta brought an element of ethics and morality in municipal governance and public life at large.
Paying rich tributes to Sir Pherozeshah regarded as the 'Lion of Bombay', the Governor said if Universities in India today enjoy a certain degree of autonomy in their functioning, the credit for the same goes to people like him, who vehemently resisted the Government's interference in the functioning of the University.
Throughout his career in public life, Mehta stood up to defend the rights and privileges of the University, the Governor said in a release here today.
The Pherozeshah Mehta Bhavan, built at a cost of Rs six crore, has a well-equipped auditorium, seminar room, library-cum-reseach centre and classrooms for the Department of Civics and Politics. The Bhavan was conceived in 1995, the year in which the 'Pherozeshah Mehta 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations Committee' was constituted under the Vice Chancellor.
The entire cost of the Bhavan has been raised by the Committee through donations from citizens, organisations and private companies. Jamshed Godrej has donated Rs 1.25 crore for the Bhavan, while the Zartoshty Brothers of Iran (Faridoon and Mehraban) have donated Rs 90 lakh for the Pherozeshah Mehta Bhavan and Research Centre.
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