Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw

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Nadirshaw Edulji (or Eduljee) Dinshaw was the eldest son of the Karachi landowner and philanthropist Seth Edulji Dinshaw.[1] He lived in Karachi, Sind, British India (now Pakistan).

Business and philanthropy[edit]

When his studies were complete, he entered the family business in land and factories.[2] He continued his father's philanthropic traditions, and in recognition of his contribution to the city of Karachi, his statue was placed at the intersection of Karachi's main roads in the 1930s.[3]

NED University of Engineering and Technology[edit]

He had four sons, Hoshang, Minocher, Dinshaw and Faredoon. In 1924, the Prince of Wales Engineering College was renamed to Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw University after his sons made donations to the College in remembrance of their father.[4] Parsis are guaranteed 4 seats for admission each year at NED.


His brother, Framroze Edulji Dinshaw (known as FE Dinshaw) was one of prepartition India's most prominent businessmen and lawyers.

His son Hoshang NE Dinshaw played an important part in the economic development of Pakistan, including as the President of the Central Board of Directors of the National Bank of Pakistan.[5]

The descendants of Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw have kept up his philanthropic tradition. The Edulji Dinshaw family remains particularly noted for their charitable donations, especially to non-Parsis.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ John R. Hinnells, The Zoroastrian Diaspora, Oxford, (2005) p.202
  2. ^ Somerset Playne & J.W. Bond, The Imperial Gazetteer, 1920, quoted in Visions of Empire - Karachi Under the Raj 1843-1947, Karachi, (2004) p.122
  3. ^ John R. Hinnells, The Zoroastrian Diaspora, Oxford, (2005) p.202
  4. ^ John R. Hinnells, The Zoroastrian Diaspora, Oxford, (2005) p.225
  5. ^ John R. Hinnells, The Zoroastrian Diaspora, Oxford, (2005) pp.225-6
  6. ^ John R. Hinnells, Zoroastrians in Britain, Oxford, (1996) p.58