A commemorative postage stamp on K. K. Handique, founder Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University (1948-57) :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 7, 1983
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Single colour
Denomination : 50 Paise
Printed at : India Security Press
Name : Krishna Kanta Handique
Born on Jul 20, 1898 at Jorhat, Assam, India
Died on Jun 7, 1982 at Dibrugarh, Assam, India
- The well known Sanskritist, Linguist, Educationist and Scholar of acumen, Krishna Kanta Handique was born at Jorhat on July 20, 1898. Son of Radha Kanta Handique, a top ranking Government Official under the British Rule in Assam, Handique had his early education at Jorhat Govt. High School, then Cotton College, Guwahati (1913-15), Sanskrit College, Calcutta (1915-17), Calcutta University (1917-19), Oxford University, England (1920-23), Paris University, France and Berlin University, Germany (1923-27).
- He was the founder Principal of the J. B. College, Jorhat (1930-47). He was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Guwahati University in 1948 and was re-appointed in 1951 and 1954 and continued as such till 1957.
- He was adorned with Padmashree in 1955 and Padmabhushan in 1967 by the President of India. He was nominated by the Maharashtra Government, as Honorary Fellow of Deccan College, a rare distinction reserved for outstanding scholars in India and abroad. He was made Sadasyamahian by the Assam Sahitya Sabha, a highest honour conferred by the Sabha on Scholars of exceptional merit.