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 Krishna Kanta Handique

Krishna Kanta Handique

A commemorative postage stamp on K. K. Handiquefounder Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University (1948-57) :

K.K. Handiqui : Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati UniversityIssued by India

Issued on Oct 7, 1983

Issued for : Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department is happy to issue a commemorative stamp in honour of Krishna Kanta Handique.

Description of Designs : The stamp has been designed by India Security Press, Nasik. The First Day Cover shows Guwahati University of which Krishna Kanta Handique was the first Vice-Chancellor. The cancellation has been designed by Alka Sharma.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Blue Grey

Denomination : 50 Paise

Overall size : 4.06 x 2.73 cms.

Printing size : 3.71 x 2.38 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper

Number printed : 15,00,000

Number per issue sheet : 40

Printing process : Photogravure

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

About : 

  • 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 AssamHandique 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.
  • Author of three learned works, viz., ‘Naisadhacarita’, ‘Yasastilaka and Indian Culture’ and ‘Setubandhan’, K.K. Handique contributed a number of valuable articles to different Assamese periodicals from time to time.
  • An eminent Italian Scholar, Oscar Botto, described his work ‘Yasastilaka and Indian Culture’ as “Il dottissimo Lavoro di K. K. Handique”, the most learned work of K. K. Handique. This book was praised as a great achievement by the French Savant L. Renou, Professor of Sanskrit at Paris University. The original treatise written in Sanskrit by Somadeva in the 10th Century is an encyclopaedic work dealing with Jainism and Indian thought and culture. Prof. Handique’s critical dissertation on the Yasastilaka of Somadeva is a monumental contribution in the field of Indological studies. He passed away on 7th August, 1982.
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