A commemorative postage stamp on the 22nd International Geological Congress (IGC), New Delhi, sponsored by International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) :
Issued on Dec 14, 1964
Issued for : The Posts and Telegraphs Department was privileged to issue a special stamp to commemorate the convening of the International Geological Congress in India on the 14th December, 1964.
Design : The motif adopted in the stamp portrays the Earth – the study of which is the domain of the geologist, whose basic field tool is the geological hammer, shown symbolically as the axis of the globe.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Blue Green
Denomination : 0.15
Overall size : 3.3 x 2.9 cms
Printing size : 2.99 x 2.52 cms
Perforation : 13½ x 14
Watermark : All over multiple ‘Lion Capital of Asoka’
Number Printed : 1.5 million
Set : 42 stamps per issue sheet
Printing Process : Photogravure
Designed and printed at : India Security Press
- The 22nd International Geological Congress met for the first time in Asia at New Delhi, between the 14th and 22nd December, 1964. Members from about 92 countries attended. It was the biggest International Scientific Congress ever held in Asia.
- The Congress was established in 1875 with the purpose of contributing to “the advancement of investigations relating to the study of the Earth, considered from theoretical and practical points of view“. The first session was held in 1878 in Paris; subsequent sessions have met every 3 or 4 years, in different cities of the world.
- In the New Delhi Congress, papers on recent advances in different aspects of geology will be discussed in sixteen sections. The meetings of various commissions and affiliated bodies of the Congress and the International Union of Geological Sciences (founded in 1960), will be held at the same time. The papers read at the meetings and the discussions arising therefrom, will be published subsequently.
- An important feature of the International Geological Congress, was the large number of excursions of geological interest, being organised all over the country, both before and after the session.