06 July 2011

New Stamp from India…


Date of Issue : 6 July 2011

Today India Post issued a commemorative stamp on Dr. D.S.Kothari, an eminent scientist of India  .

Daulat Singh Kothari, popularly known as D. S. Kothari, was an outstanding scientist. He was a great educationist. His contribution to the entire spectrum of Indian education from elementary school to the university level is well-known. He was a student of Meghnad Saha. Kothari is regarded as the architect of defense science in India. He also played an important role in development of many other organizations, notable along them are the University Grants Commission and the National Council of Education Research and Training. Above all Kothari was an outstanding teacher. He had the moral and intellectual qualities of a rare human being. He devoted his life to the pursuit of knowledge in its widest sense. He was a multifaceted personality—an outstanding teacher, a great educationist, a renowned physicist and a highly successful leader and organizer.

Dr Kothari received several honors and awards. The Government of India honoured him with Padma Bhushan in 1962 and Padma Vibhushan in 1973. After his retirement from the Delhi University in 1971, he was appointed Emeritus Professor and he continued to maintain close contact with students and teachers almost till his death on February 4, 1993. In honour of Dr Kothari the Delhi University has established the D. S. Kothari Centre for Science, Ethics and Education. One of the objectives of this centre is to collect technical and non-technical writings of Kothari in book form.

image source : Mansoor B., Mangalore

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Rules for issue of commemorative postage stamps by Department of Posts, Government of India

The commemorative postage stamps issued by the Department of Posts, Govt. of India will be determined based on the following rules:-

1. Commemorative postage stamps will be issued on subjects that have a national or
international stature or have made national/international contribution or impact or reflect national/international areas of concern.

2. The Annual Issue Programme shall reflect regional, cultural and ethnic balance.

3. Stamps on a particular subject shall issue only once, except thematic such as wild life, environment, transport, flora fauna etc. or regular issues like Children’s Day, Season Greetings and sets on heritage, nature, culture, art, architecture etc.

4. Stamps shall be issued only on the apex institutions, not on branches of any institution or organization.

5. There shall be not over 50 issues (maximum 100 stamps) of commemorative stamps per annum.

6. Stamps on personalities shall not exceed 10% of the Annual Issue Programme.

7. The Union Minister incharge of the Ministry of Communications & IT may approve 5% of the Annual Issue Programme.

8. The date of issue shall be fixed by the Philately Division keeping in view the significant dates relating to the subject and the availability of slots in the printing

9. Dates of issue once fixed shall not be changed. A proponent may hold a presentation function on any day on or after the date of issue.

10. Proposals may be sent by any citizen of India.

11. Proposals should be sent at least two years in advance for consideration by the Philatelic Advisory Committee (PAC) and approval by the competent authority.

12. Proposals must be submitted in the format available on indiapost.gov.in.

13. Proposals will be considered and recommended/not recommended by the PAC. They
will not be carried forward for the next PAC meeting.

14. Proponents shall follow the protocol for release functions.

15. The Department of Posts will decide the subject matters, prohibited subjects renewal of philatelic products, procedure for proposal consideration and issue/release of a stamp, period of sale of commemorative/special stamps and for definitive stamps and postal stationery. It will also determine issue policy, withdrawal policy and archival policy.

16. The denominations of postage stamps shall be in consonance with domestic and international postal tariffs.

17. The personalities on whom commemorative stamp may be issued should be of national or international importance. The occasion to be commemorated must be the birth centenary or 10th /25th /50th /100th death anniversary. No stamp will be issued sooner than ten years after an individual’s death. A commemorative stamp shall be issued in honour of the head of State on his/her first death anniversary.

18. A stamp on an institution, building, monument etc. may be issued on its centenary/125th anniversary/ 150th anniversary etc. The building, institution to be so honoured must be Heritage site of national/international importance or site recognized by ASI of  national/international importance. Building of regional importance may be commemorated with issue of special cover with special cancellation.

19. At least 25% of the stamps issued in a year will be on popular themes like flora, fauna, culture, heritage etc.

20. Proponents for the stamps relating to institutions/events/large organisations are required to make a mandatory purchase of a minimum number of 1 lakh stamps and
the requisite philatelic ancillaries.


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