A commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of the Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, Uttarakhand :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 24, 2002
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp to mark the centenary of the Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya.
Design : The stamp shows the ‘Ved Mandir’ at the institution superimposed with an image that brings back memories of the gurukulas of yore.
Stamp & FDC : Kamleshwar Singh
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Four Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Overall Size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Printing Size : 2.90 x 3.91 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.
- Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, a deemed University affiliated to the University Grants Commission, is a unique educational institution that propagates the virtues of disciplined life, truthfulness, nobility of character, service to humanity and respect for all forms of life.
- The Vishwavidyalaya (University) draws its intellectual sustenance from the teachings of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati, the great socio-religious reformer of the 19th century, who emphasized the importance of quality education and exhorted that the society is duty-bound to provide appropriate education to its children. Swami Shradhanand, an immediate disciple of the Maharishi who was inspired by his ideas, paved the way for the Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya by establishing the first gurukula of the modern age in 1902 at Kangri village near Hardwar.
- Gurukulas are schools in the ancient tradition of Indian learning where the students seek knowledge and skills from their Guru (teacher), usually set up at idyllic locations away from the bustle of human conglomerations, creating an environment that helps to concentrate on learning and to develop both body and soul. An austere way of life is practiced and all the students are treated equally, irrespective of status, caste or creed. The relationship of a father and son is envisaged for the teacher and the taught. As the teacher inspires his pupils by the example of his own conduct and behaviour, there is great emphasis on his character and accomplishments. The education also inculcates in the students the values contained in ancient texts like the Vedas and Upanishads.
- Over the last hundred years of existence the Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya has produced a large number of scholars, legislators, parliamentarians, historians and educationists, its alumni having left a mark in virtually every walk of life. During the freedom struggle the institution played a key role in nationalist activities. It has also been a centre of inspiration for various movements of social reformation.
- Today the Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya imparts education in a wide variety of subjects ranging from Vedas, Culture, Darshans, Yoga, Upanishads, Psychology, Sociology and Archaeology to Computers, Management, Science, Environment and Engineering.
- Text : P.N. Ranjit Kumar (Based on material furnished by the sponsors).