Complete Set of 2 nos of postage stamps on the 18th Congress of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 1, 1992
Description of Designs : One stamp depicts one of the ‘gopurams’ of the Madurai Temple and represents the glorious heritage of our structures achieved in the 17th century by our master builders. The southern gopuram, 48.8 metres high and exquisitely carved in granite stone, indicates the excellence achieved. The other structure on the stamp is the second Hooghly River Bridge, a state-of-the-art structure in bridge technology, nearing completion at Calcutta. The bridge has a 452 meter main span and is one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the world.
The other stamp shows two structures. One of the structures is the Hall of Nations from the Exhibition Complex at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The other structure is one of the entry gates to the Sanchi Stupa a structure from the 2nd Century BC. The gate in exquisitely carved in sand stone. The combination of structures in both stamps reflects the theme of the Congress ‘Civilization through Civil Engineering’.
The stamps have been designed by India Security Press, Nashik on the basis of material provided by the IABSE. The first day cover, depicts the logo of the Association and the design for this has also been provided by the IABSE. The cancellation has been designed by Alka Sharma.
Type : Se–tenant pair of 2 Stamps, Postal Used
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 200 Paise each
Overall size : 2.90 x 7.80 cms.
Printing size : 2.54 x 7.45 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Indigenous Un W/M gravure coated gummed Stamp Paper
Number Printed : 6,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 14
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
- The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) is an apex international body dealing with the multi-disciplinary aspects of civil engineering – planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and repair of civil engineering structures and their social and environmental impact. IABSE was founded in 1929 to promote international cooperation and exchange of technical and scientific knowledge in the field of structural engineering.
- Membership of IABSE is spread over about 80 countries representing engineering organisations, construction firms, public administrations, universities and research establishments.
- The Indian National Group of the IABSE set up under the patronage of the Government of India, Ministry of Surface Transport (Roads Wing) and State Governments, is one of the largest and most active National Groups. It is hosting the 14th Congress of IABSE to be held in New Delhi from March 1 to 6 1992. The Congress is being held for the first time in a developing country in Asia. It is expected to be attended by about 1000 foreign delegates and about an equal number of domestic delegates. The main theme reflecting the objective and motto of the Congress is ‘Civilization through Civil Engineering’.
- A logo has been specially designed for the Congress. The IABSE insignia represents, in an extremely stylised form, a human being. On this is superimposed the wheel of the chariot of the Sun God from the Konark Temple, Orissa. This wheel from an Indian temple of the 13th century is conceived as a true microcosm of the world and epitomises the interaction of our glorious heritage of structures with progress of civilization.