Gurunath Bewoor

A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Sir Gurunath Venkatesh Bewoor, first Indian appointed as Director General of Indian Posts & Telegraphs Department (1934-41) :

Sir Gurunath Venkatesh BewoorIssued by India

Issued on Nov 20, 1989

Description of design : The stamp has been designed by the India Security Press, Nashik Road, based on photographs furnished by Gen. G.G. Bewoor, PVSM, (Retd.). First day cover design is by Sankha Samantha. Alka Sharma has designed the cancellation.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Single colour

Denomination : 60 Paise

Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : Indigenous un W/M Gr. Coated stamp paper

Number Printed : 10,00,000

Number per issue sheet : 35

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printed : India Security Press

Name : Gurunath Venkatesh Bewoor

Born on Nov 20, 1888 at Bevoor village, Bijapur district, Bombay Presidency, British India [now in Bagalkot district, Karnataka, India]

Died on 1950

About : 

  • Gurunath Bewoor was the first Indian appointed as Director General Posts and Telegraphs Department, an appointment he held for 7 years from 1934 to 1941.
  • He was born on 20th November, 1888, in village Bewoor, in Bijapur District of the old Bombay Presidency and now in Karnataka. He got his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Deccan College, Pune, and won the Dakshina Fellowship. He joined Cambridge University, England, from where he graduated and having passed into the Indian Civil Service joined service in 1912, being posted to the old Central Provinces. After district service, he was transferred to the Posts and Telegraphs Department in 1922.
  • He served as Post Master General at Patna, Nagpur and Bombay till his posting as Director General in 1934. In 1941, he was appointed Secretary, Posts and Air Department and in 1946 was Member of the Viceroy’s Executive Council in the Caretaker Government, and soon thereafter retired from the I.C.S., thus ending his 24 years association with the Department. He was knighted for his services.
  • He submitted a report, after scientifically gauging work in Post Offices, on which a formula was introduced in 1929 known as Bewoor Time Test.
  • Text based on : Inamdar in Dictionary of National Biography.

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