A commemorative postage stamp on TMA Pai, an Indian doctor, built the university town of Manipal, Karnataka [a part of the series ‘India’s March towards Progress and Development‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 9, 1999
Issued for : The Indian nationalist movement had asserted the right of the Indian people to shape their own destiny. The Constitution which came in force on 26th January 1950, was designed to be an instrument of India’s social and economic transformation. A nascent nation embarked on its march towards progress and socio-economic development. Leaders with foresight and a desire to improve the lot of the common people played crucial roles in different regions in the country’s achievements. The Department of Posts issues a set of four stamps in tribute to four visionaries of modern India, namely Dr. T.M.A. Pai, A.D. Shroff, A.B. Walawalkar and Chhaganlal K. Parekh, who have in their various ways contributed to India’s march towards progress and development.
Stamp : ISP Nashik (based on material furnished by sponsors).
FDC : Sculpture at Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 300 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported unwatermarked Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in Sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Stamps Printed : 0.55 Million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
Name : Tonse Madhav Ananth Pai
Born on Apr 30, 1898 at Udupi, Mysore, British India
Died on May 29, 1979 at Manipal, Karnataka, India
- Dr. T.M.A. Pai (1898-1979) charted a new direction to higher education, converting the arid, rocky village of Manipal in South Kanara district of Karnataka into a bustling township of higher education, tertiary medical care services and financial and industrial enterprises. Dr. Pai graduated from Madras Medical College in 1925 and set up his medical practice in Udupi. He co-founded the Kanara Industrial Banking Syndicate which went on to acquire a nation-wide presence as the “Syndicate Bank”. In 1942 he founded the Academy of General Education in Manipal. Today the Manipal group of educational institutions comprises 50 schools, arts and science colleges, many professional colleges and two universities with a total enrolment of over 38,000 students. Dr. Pai primarily contributed to the development of small-scale industries and cooperative societies in South Kanara District.
- Text : Based on material furnished by the sponsors.