Late Dr Jimmy Shiavux Daruwalla, former President of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore, has been awarded a posthumous Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (PBM) by Singapore President Mdm Halimah Yacob.

His award was accepted by Dr Zubin Daruwalla, son of Dr Jimmy Daruwalla and member of the DAS Executive Committee.

Dr Jimmy Daruwalla was the founding President of DAS and served as DAS President until 2016, when he passed away. 

Doctor Daruwalla receiving PBM 2017

Doctor Daruwalla receiving PBM 2017Doctor Daruwalla receiving PBM 2017

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Jimmy Daruwalla Fund (JDF)
In July 2016, to remember the late Dr Jimmy S Daruwalla’s significant contributions to the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS), the JDF was set up in his name to continue his legacy.

Roshen Daruwalla Trust Fund (RDTF)
In 2000, a group of friends raised funds to set up a trust in memory of Roshen Daruwalla (wife of the late Dr Jimmy Daruwalla). The fund was dedicated to DAS as Roshen had been a very strong supporter of the Association. The Daruwalla family and friends also made additional contributions to the fund since 2000.

Jimmy and Roshen Daruwalla Fund (JRDF)
In 2017, the DAS Executive Committee and family members of the late Jimmy and Roshen Daruwalla have decided to merge the two funds and rename it the Jimmy and Roshen Daruwalla Fund (JRDF) in memory of this couple who were so dedicated to the cause of dyslexia.


Supervised by a committee comprised of DAS Board members, the JRDF is used for the following objectives:

  • To fund DAS remediation fees and/or assessment fees for dyslexic children that do not meet the criteria set by other Financial Assistance Schemes
  • To award scholarships to top dyslexic students for local tertiary education (incl. students in polytechnics and technical education)
    Eligible applicants must be Singapore citizens and must be existing or graduated DAS students. They should have exceptional achievement based on merit and recommended by DAS teachers. They must come from families with low income.
  • To fund post graduate studies or programmes related to dyslexia for selected DAS staff
  • This is to enhance the professional expertise and capability of DAS as the Association continues to improve its programmes and services for the benefit of clients with dyslexia.
  • To fund purchases of library resources for the Roshen Daruwalla Resource Centre so that it is a key source of educational and research information for dyslexia in Singapore
  • Any other purposes which are in line with DAS objectives and as approved by the Committee


The JRDF also supports the Young Achiever Award and Special Achievement Award at DAS Student Graduation.
The Jimmy and Roshen Daruwalla Young Achiever Award and the Special Achievement Award are in line with the fund’s objectives to support dyslexic students in their local tertiary education and the remediation fees of dyslexic students at DAS.

The composition of the JRDF Committee can be found here