Geological Survey of India
A commemorative postage stamp on the 150th Anniversary of the GSI (1851-2001), a Government of India Ministry of Mines organisation :
Issued on Mar 4, 2001
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a postage stamp on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Geological Survey of India.
Design : The stamp design features three ore forming minerals, Bauxite – an aluminium ore, Chalcopyrite – a copper ore and Psilomelane – a manganese ore. Over the years, GSI has carried out exploration for these and several other minerals in the country and has established considerable reserve of these minerals.
The first day cover depicts the integrated surveys in land, air and sea by the G.S.I. The stamp shows mineral ores: Bauxite, Chalcopyrite and Psilomelane, found in significant deposits in India, which is indicative of the contribution of G.S.I. to the basic wealth of the country.
Stamp & FDC : The Geological Survey of India
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Four Colour
Denomination : 300 Paise
Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Printing Size : 2.54 x 3.55 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported unwatermarked stamp paper
Stamps Printed : 1 million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Eagle Press Pvt. Ltd.
- During its 150 years of earth science activity, GSI has acquired a strong national geoscience database which contributes to meeting the demands of mineral/metal industries, power sector, agriculture and irrigation sector, engineering projects, communication, management of natural hazards and environmental degradation. GSI’s activity also includes the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the seas and oceans surrounding India and the icy continent of Antarctica. Till date, more than 87 per cent of EEZ has been covered by reconnaissance sea bed mapping. GSI has contributed through geotechnical investigation towards the development of ports and harbours and in location of offshore structures.
- Through GSI Training Institute, Hyderabad, training is imparted in various fields of geoscientific activity to its own professionals and also to the earth scientists of other sister organisations and of ESCAP and other foreign countries. GSI is also interacting with various countries through bilateral collaborative/exchange programmes.
- The GSI now poised to meet the challenges of the 21st century by contributing its mite in the country’s search for sustainable development in the drastically changed world economic order, by constantly upgrading its knowledge base and modernising its tools and techniques.
- Text : Based on inputs from the GSI as well as “India – a Reference Annual” (Publications Division, Govt. of India).