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 Bishop Cotton School, Shimla
October 6, 2009

Bishop Cotton School, Shimla

A commemorative postage stamp on 150 years of Bishop Cotton School (Simla), one of the oldest boarding schools for boys in Asia :

Bishop Cotton School (Shimla) : Boys' Boarding School, Himachal PradeshIssued by India

Issued on Oct 6, 2009

Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on Bishop Cotton School.

Credits :
design & FDC : Kamleshwar Singh
: Alka Sharma

Type : Stamp, Mint Condition

Colour : Multi Colour

Denomination : 500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million

Printing Process : Wetoffset

Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad

About : 

  • On Sunday, the 7th May 1905, the school caught fire and was completely burnt except the HM’s Lodge (1868), the hospital (1868), and the Senior Master’s House (1873). The school was rebuilt and occupied in July 1907. The school Chapel which was originally constructed on the 21st September 1871 was rebuilt and used from the 3rd April 1908. In 1926 a hostel was constructed for the Simla Hill Chiefs’ sons and relatives at a cost of Rs. 41,000/- financed entirely by the Hill Chiefs’. Later the hostel was expanded and nine more rooms were added and became the College section of the school, preparing the boys for the Intermediate Examination. In 1937 a Prep School was opened by buying the Ayrelif Girls School (now the Tibetan School in Chotta Shimla).
  • The first Indian boy permitted to join the school was Suren Tagore in 1881 and Vishnu Singh followed in 1883. The four Indian School Captains were R.J. Gandhi in 1928, Harry Chukerbuti in 1936, Jehangzeb Khan in 1941 and Hasan Agha in 1946-47.
  • A school is judged by its products. The school has produced ambassadors, UN contingent commanders, politicians, Members of Parliament in England and India, about a dozen Generals/Admirals/Air Marshals, leading industrialists, authors, a Chief Minister, Secretaries and an Air Chief.
  • Text : Based on the material provided by the proponent.
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