A commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of the Nalanda College, a college in Biharsharif, Nalanda district in Bihar, founded by Canto Singh in 1870 :
Issued on Mar 27, 1970
Issued for : Nalanda College was celebrating its centenary week in the last week of March, 1970 in recognition of its 100 years of useful service to the cause of higher education. The University Grants Commission had also sanctioned a sum of Rs. 1 lakh for the construction of a Centenary Block in the College.
On this memorable occasion, the Posts and Telegraphs Department has great pleasure in bringing out a special postage stamp to commemorate this event.
Description of Design : The design of the stamp is horizontal and depicts the picture of the College buildings.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Photogravure Red Brown
Denomination : 20 Paise
Overall Size : 4.06 X 2.28 cms.
Printing Size : 3.80 X 2.00 cms.
Perforation : 14 x 14½
Paper : Printed on unwatermarked Adhesive stamp paper
Number Printed : 30,00,000
Number per issue Sheet : 50
Printing Process : Photogravure
Designed and Printed at : India Security Press
- Nalanda College, Biharsharif (Bihar) is the oldest college of the Magadh University. It was established a century back as the Bihar English High School. The first batch of students appeared in the year 1871 from the Calcutta University. Thanks to the munificent donation made by the late Rai Bahadur Edal Singh, its founder, it blossomed into a full-fledged college in 1920. The donor gave away his zamindari property worth Rs. two and a half lakhs with an annual income of Rs. 12,000 for the setting up of the college. The institution takes its name after the famous and ancient Nalanda University. The college was inaugurated by the then Lt. Governor of Bihar on 20th July, 1920.
- The institution worked as a school upto 1920 when it was upgraded into a school-cum-intermediate college and renamed ‘Nalanda College’. In the year 1945, the institution was upgraded into a degree college. It is presently a degree college affiliated to the Magadh University (Gaya) catering to both arts and science with about 2,000 students on the roll. The college is teaching up to Honours standard in almost all subjects of arts and science. Recently, the Government of Bihar have decided to convert this college as a constituent unit of the Magadh University with effect from 1st April, 1970.
- In the year 1926, the Government of Bihar, realising the importance of this institution, made this college a fully deficit-aided college and since then the Government of Bihar has been meeting the deficit of the college. The college has been able to build up a good library out of the grant given by the University Grants Commission. It has also a fine auditorium-cum-recreation hall built under the campus project scheme of the Government of India at a cost of Rs. 1.25 lakhs. The college has two hostels in the college campus and one outside maintained by the college. This institution has been rendering yeoman service to the cause of higher education in Bihar State and some of its alumni are already adorning high posts in the public life of the State. The college has been serving all classes of people without distinction of caste or creed and has been admitting students from all corners of the State.