Postal Stamp Image : KASHI VIDYAPITH 0632 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 10/02/1971
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.20
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0632
Postal Stamp Name : KASHI VIDYAPITH
Stamp Information : In the early days of the freedom struggle, some nationalistic-minded indians felt the need for establishing a truely national institution free from governmental control to impart education on right lines of progressive-minded young INdians. They felt that higher cultural education should be imparted through the medium of mother toungue and that it should be designed to suit the genius of Indian people and to help in the process of character building of the students. In 1920, at the special session of the indian National Congress which met at Calcutta, the non-cooperation programme was adopted. One of the items of this programme was to withdraw students from Government and semi-Government educational institutions. In pursuance of this, some students left the official institutions and established a Gandhi Ashram at Iswar Gangi in Varanasi to carry national work, as suggested by the Indian National Congress. Simultaneously, a plan for starting an independent national institution was also maturing. In January, 1921, after the Nagpur Session of the Congress, Mahatma Gandhi wrote to Shri Bhagwan Dass expresing his desire for the early opening of a national college at Varanasi. As the moment was quite appropriate for starting such an institution, preparations were made with great speed and Mahatma Gandhi was requested to perform the opening ceremony. Mahatmaji inaugurated the KAshi Vidyapith on the 10th February, 1921 (28th of Magh, 1977) in the presence of leaders like Pandit Motilal Nehru, Maulana Azad, Shri Jamanalal Bajaj. Shri Jawaharlal Nehru and tens of thousands od patritic Indians who had gathered at Varanasi. The authority for administering the Vidyapith was vested at a Niraksharta Sabha as it was considered desirable to keep the Vidyapith independent of Congress and free from political activities. Further, certain basic principles were adopted, viz., that the Kashi Vidyapith will not be, in any way, under the control of the Government and that the medium of instruction shall be the HIndi lanuage i Devnagari script. It was also decided that technical education should be imparted along with cultural education. Te Kash Vidyapith began to function on these lines with Dr. Bhagwan Dass as the Kulpati, as well as the Principal.Acharya J.B. Kriplani, Achara Narendra Dva, Shri Sri Prakash, Dr. Sampurnanand and Shri Birbal Singh joined the Vidyapith as member of staff. Higher education in Philosophy, Mathematics, History, Economics, Political Science, Sanskrit and Hindi was imparted through the medium of Hindi in Devnagari script. The institution became an eyesore to the then foreign Government. During the freedom movement of 1930, 1932, 1940 and 1942, almost all the students and the members of the staff participated in the fight for independence and were jailed by the British Government and the institution was locked and kept uder the control of the police. The Kashi Vidyapith has produced many brilliant men who have played a very prominent part in the public life of our country in later years. One Prime Minister, two Chief Ministers, several Union and State Ministers and many members of Parliament, State Legislature and many men in public life have been prodced of this famous institution. In 1947, a Social Science Institute was started to train youngmen to work on scientific lines in the field of socil work. In 1948 at the request of the Gvernment of Uttar Pradesh, the Labour Welfare Officers in industrial concerns in U.P. were trained under the auspices of this institute. In 1961, post0graduate courses in Sociology and Economics were added. Post-graduate courses were also introduced in English, History and Hindi in 1964. The Shastri Degree of the Kashi Vidyapith was rcognised as equivalent to the B.A. degree by the Governments of U.P., Bihar and Madhya Pradesh in 1937 and after independence by the Government of India, Government of Bombay and most of the Universities in the U.P. Subsequently, the post-graduate degrees of the Vidyapith have also been recognised by the most of the universities in the U.P. In July, 1962, the Kashi Vidyapith was officially granted the status of a University under Section 3 of ther Universities Grants Commission Act by the Ministry of Eductaion, Government of India. The Kashi Vidyapith is now celebrating the Golden Jubilee of its inception. It has rendered yeomen service to the cause of education especially in the task of character-building of its alumni based on nationalistic ideals. The Posts and Telegraphs Depertment congratulates the Kashi Vidyapith on its completion of 50 years of useful existenece and service to the cause of education and is happy to associate itself with the golden jubilee of this national institution by bringing out a special commemorative stamp on this memorable occasion.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The design of the stamp is horizontal and depicts the picture of the Vidyapith building.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 4.06 x 2.2
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.80 X 2.0 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 50
Stamp Perforations : 14 x 14,1/
Postal Stamp Shape : Diagonal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 30,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Brown
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