A commemorative postage stamp on the Silver Jubilee of the Bureau of Indian Standards – Indian Standards Institution [ISI] :
Issued on May 29, 1972
Issued for : The ISI had completed 25 years of its pioneering work in promoting, fostering and furthering the concept of standardization in India. The Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department feel privileged in commemorating the Silver Jubilee of this national institution by bringing out a special postage stamp to mark this event.
Description of Design : The design represents the traditional symbols of five elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether) and plummet showing precision. The 25th anniversary emblem of ISI is also incorporated in the design.
The design of the stamp is adapted from the original prepared by Shri A. Ramachandran, Artist, New Delhi.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Blue Grey & Black
Denomination : 20 Paise
Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.
Printing Size : 3.56 X 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper
Number Printed : 30,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Designed and Printed at : India Security Press
- The Indian Standards Institution which is the national standards body of India, was established in 1947, the year of Indian Independence by a resolution of the Government of India, with the active support of industrial, scientific and technical organisations in the country. The aims and objects of the Institution include preparation of standards relating to products, commodities, materials and processes and the promotion of their general adoption on national and international level; promotion of standardization, quality control and simplification in industry and commerce; co-ordination of the efforts of producers and users for the improvement of materials, products, appliances, processes and methods; provision of the registration of standardization marks applicable to products, commodities, etc.; and circulation of statistics and other information relative to standardization.
- The ISI is an autonomous body and its overall control rests with the General Council, with the Minister in-charge in Government of India as its ex-officio President. The General Council includes representatives from industry, Central and State Governments and scientific and technical organisations. The income of the Institution is received from the grant-in-aid from the Government of India, subscriptions from members including State Governments, sale of Indian Standards and Certification Marking fees.
- For the formulation of Indian standards, which are also the national standards of the country, the Institution functions through a large number of technical committees, where-in are taken experts representing different interests, such as manufacturers; purchasers; consumers; scientific, research and technical organisations, etc.
- With the object of providing practical utility of standards to the ordinary consumer, the Institution is operating the ISI Certification Marks Scheme under an Act of Parliament. Under the scheme, licences are issued to manufacturers who produce goods to conform to the relevant Indian Standards whereby they are permitted to apply on their products ISI Certification Mark which provides a third-party guarantee to the consumer that the goods are of standard quality. The ISI has also its own laboratory with the primary object of testing certified products manufactured in accordance with Indian Standard specifications, as well as those offered by applicants for the grant of licences under the ISI Certification Marks Scheme. The ISI is also maintaining a well-equipped library of standards and specifications issued by different authorities in various countries and also organises training programmes, survey programmes, conferences, etc. as part of their objective of assisting Indian industries in organising their in-plant standards activity.
- At the international level the ISI collaborates closely with the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – the two international organisations devoted to standardization work. The ISI is also an active member of the Commonwealth Standards Conference. The training facilities available in the ISI have also been extended to the developing countries of Asia and Africa who very often have to face problems of shortage of trained personnel for standardization.