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Nileena M.S.
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Many activities are organised on Philately Day

A mine of information: Philatelic activities in schools are an enriching learning experience for students. — File PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
A mine of information: Philatelic activities in schools are an enriching learning experience for students. — File PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

The emphasis given on philatelic activities in many schools underlines the importance of this king of hobbies.

Apart from being an interesting pastime, philately could be an enriching learning experience. Realising this, the Satchidananda Jothi Nikethan Matriculation School, Mettupalayam, has established the Nehru Philately Club, which has been there for 11 years. It has set an example by enrolling all the students in the philately club.

“It covers a wide range of topics ranging from history, personalities, arts and culture to flora and fauna. The philatelic collection includes first day covers, brochures and miniatures which will provide extra information about subjects featured in stamps,” says Sundara Mahalingam, teacher in-charge of the club.

The Philatelic Bureau of the Post Office conducts regular workshops, exhibitions, and competitions.

Many activities are organised on Philately Day to promote interest in this hobby. Design-a-stamp is another programme conducted for students across India. New introductions like stamps with fragrances are a major hit among students, says G. Gurunathan, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Coimbatore Division.

With the help of the bureau, schools can organise Nehru Philately Clubs. Around 10 schools in the city have such clubs.

Schools or individuals can also subscribe to philatelic memberships. They will get new releases mailed to their postal address. Most of the schools dedicate an hour a week for philatelic activities.

“The time spent on stamp collection is always worthwhile. They are given information on stamps and encouraged to exchange them to build up their collection. Around 35 students are part of the club,” said Ranjitham Thangavelu, Convener of Philately Club, S.B.O.A Matriculation and Higher Secondary School.

Mudit Maloo, a standard VIII student of S.B.O.A says: “I started collecting stamps last year. I was inspired by my grandfather who owns a collection dating back to the 1950s.

More than a hobby, this has helped me learn a lot, especially about different countries of the world.”

P.R. Krishnan, Secretary, The Philatelists', Coimbatore, says that today's education system left students with little time to pursue hobbies.

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