Papal Seminary, Pune

A commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of the Papal Seminary, Pune (1893-1993) :

1392 Papal Seminary [India Stamp 1993]Issued by India

Issued on Dec 16, 1993

Issued for : The Department of Posts has been issuing commemorative and postage stamps from time to time to mark the centenary of institutions which have contributed greatly to the country’s upliftment, education and progress. The Department is happy to continue this tradition with a commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of Papal Seminary, Pune.

Design Credits :
Stamp :
India Security Press based on Materials supplied by the Sponsor.
FDC : Papal Seminary, Pune
Cancellation : Mrs. Alka Sharma, Artist, Dept. of Posts

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multi Colour

Denomination : 600 Paise

Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : Imported un W/M adhesive gravure coated gummed stamp paper in sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.

Number of stamps Printed : 1.0 Million

Number per issue sheet : 35

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printer : India Security Press

About : 

  • The Papal Seminary, Pune, celebrated its centenary year in 1993. The history of the Seminary goes back to the year 1893 when Pope Leo XIII, with farsighted vision, aspired to establish a Seminary to train indigenous priests in India. It was opened in Kandy in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in May 1893. In 1955 the Seminary was moved to Pune in India.
  • The Papal Seminary is an all-India institution, catering to students from various parts of the country, with their different cultures and languages. The Pontifical Athenaeum, today known as “JnanaDeepa Vidyapeeth”, attached to the Papal Seminary has, in the course of its long history, trained some 5560 priests and religious [till 1993]. In 1968 it opened its doors to men and women of different faiths. The Papal Seminary has the distinction of having given our country its first two Indian Cardinals (in Bombay and Ernakulam) and some 65 Bishops or Church leaders [till 1993]. The Papal Seminary is run by the Jesuit Order, which is famous all over the world for its educational institutions.
  • For a better service of our countrymen and woman, the Seminary’s over-all programme embraces spiritual, intellectual and cultural training. The academic courses go from undergraduate to doctorate levels in Philosophy and Theology. The syllabus offers a wide variety of courses on Indian subjects, such as the Vedas, the Upanishads, the BhagavadGita, the Darshanas, Vedanta, Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Jainism, Buddhism, Islam, Modern Hinduism and Modern Indian Thought. Mush emphasis is laid also on Indian spirituality, inter-religious dialogue and integration as well as social involvement.
  • The Centenary of the Papal Seminary was a significant event for both the Church and our country because, over the years, our students have reached out, in all India’s States, to thousands of our countrymen and woman through involvement in the work for justice and uplift of the poor, for peace, dialogue and national integration – both religious and cultural – in order to help build a new and better India tomorrow. Indeed the Centenary Theme of the Papal Seminary, depicted in the form of a mandala design is : Sarvajivasukham; sarvadharma sakhyam – the happiness of all living beings and friendship among all religions. This design appears on the First-Day cover being issued.

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