A commemorative postage stamp on the Anglo Bengali Inter College (ABIC), Allahabad :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 23, 2002
Issued for : The Department of Post is happy to issue a postage stamp on the Anglo Bengali Inter College, Allahabad.
Stamp : Monika Khanna Gulati
FDC & Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Five Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Printing Size : 2.70 x 3.50 cms.
Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5 mm with elliptical hole on each 3.91 cms. sides
Paper : Matt Chromo
Stamps Printed : 0.8 million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.
- Born in the second half of the 19th century out of the need felt by the numerically small Bengali-speaking community of Allahabad to provide such education to their children that would acquaint them with their mother tongue and its literature and culture, the Anglo Bengali Inter College, Allahabad has since evolved into a cosmopolitan institution with a nationalist outlook.
- The Bengal Educational Society formed largely due to the efforts of Sital Prasad Gupta and Madhu Sudan Moitra in 1875 had initially set up a Bengali School. This modest primary school with just one teacher and a handful of students had a steady growth from then on. With the introduction of English teaching, the school was renamed Anglo Bengali School. It went on to acquire the names Anglo Bengali High School and Anglo Bengali Inter College with successive phases of growth. In 1887, the School was affiliated to the Calcutta University. The institution’s own building at the present site was constructed in 1894 and the recognition of the Board of High School and Intermediate Education, U.P. came in 1926.
- The College was known for its nationalist sentiments during the freedom movement and its students took active part in the struggle against colonialism. The British authorities had even suspended the grants to the institution at one time, as a mark of their displeasure. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose who had visited Allahabad in 1939 was accorded a rousing reception in the College.
- Since Independence, the Anglo Bengali Inter College has remained a premier educational institution of the State and its students have figured frequently in the merit list of the U.P. Board. Its alumni have gone on to make notable contributions in various spheres of national life.
- Text : Based on material furnished by the sponsors.