Youth should look at philately as a serious hobby, says educationist
Postal Department to popularise philately in schools
‘The practice can help chronicle events effectively’
Bangalore: Philatelists in the city had a field day with India Post releasing a special cover and special cancellation based on an earlier Bangalore cancellation.
Even as the National Postal Week is on, Tuesday’s release depicted a 19th Century miniature letter showing “Bangalore/1849 February 1/Paid)”.
It was the second day in a row of releases at the General Post Office, with Monday seeing the release of a commemorative postage stamp on the post office itself (based on a Tagore work) as well as a catalogue of Indian stamps since 1852. Present at the release was Chandrashekharaiah, educationist and founder of the Vijaya Group of Institutions, who has been promoting philately as a means of education at his school. He spoke of the intrinsic worth of philately and emphasised its potential as being an effective way of chronicling events. “A collection of stamps can be catalogued like a library — chronologically and by theme, and requires as much effort as cataloguing a library,” said Mr. Chandrashekharaiah.
The Postal Department was doing a good job by encouraging schools and educational institutions in spreading awareness about philately among students. “Young people should look at this as a serious hobby and teachers must support them,” he said.
M.P. Rajan, Chief Postmaster-General, Karnataka Postal Circle, said members of the Postal Department would soon be sitting together to discuss philately’s entry into schools in a stronger way. While releasing the special day covers, Mr. Rajan also spoke of the history of the Bangalore General Post Office, which was started in 1985.