Mhow's Iconic Environmentalist Honoured by Daly College Alumni Group


Mhow: In a heartwarming ceremony on Sunday, the Youthful Old Dalian Alumni (YODA), an organization of former students of the prestigious Daly College in Indore, bestowed its highest honour on 96-year-old Mr Pheroze B Illava, a Mhow resident having rich Parsi legacy. The Life Time Achievement Award celebrated Mr Illava's remarkable contributions as an environmentalist, social worker, and crusader for heritage conservation.

The felicitation, which took place at the historic Zal Cowasji's bungalow, was presided over by Jawahar Hussein, fondly known as "Doc," who joined virtually from New York. The event seamlessly blended physical and virtual elements, with attendees from across the globe participating.

Among the distinguished guests were Col Mukul Dhabai, Prof Brijraj Singh from Naulana (residing in the US), Amit Chowksi, Sulekha Zutshi, Madhup Kothari, Zal Cowasji, Anahita Cowasji, Divya Cowasji, Jall Cowasji, Dr Nirja Singh, Ravi Singh, Col Harsh Mankotiya, Prerna Mankotiya, Col Ashok Parmar, Priyamvada Parmar, Dev Nair from Gyanoday School and senior journalist Dr Rajesh Jauhri.

Mr Illava, a revered alumnus of Daly College, which was established during the British era to educate the children of royal families, has left an indelible mark on Indore's landscape. His unwavering dedication to environmental causes and heritage preservation has been widely acclaimed.

One of his most notable achievements was spearheading the effort to save the British-era railway line and initiate a heritage train service between Mhow and Kalakund railway stations on the Indore-Khandwa rail route. This initiative has not only preserved a piece of history but also provided a unique experience for tourists and locals alike.

In addition to his environmental activism, Mr Illava has authored the book "Global Warming and Climate Change," further cementing his status as a thought leader in the field. Another important aspect about this felicitation ceremony is that Mr Illava donated the award money of Rs 50000/- given to him as part of the YODA Life Time Acheivement Award to Gyanoday School of Mhow, which is a school imparting quality education to the children from downtrodden families of slum area of Mhow. 

The YODA felicitation celebrated Mr Illava's lifelong commitment to making the world a better place, and his efforts serve as an inspiration to generations of Daly College alumni and the broader community.