The Doon School, Dehradun
A commemorative postage stamp on the Doon School, a boys-only independent boarding school in Dehradun, Uttarakhand :
Issued on Oct 22, 2010
Issued for : India Post is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on The Doon School, Dehradun.
Stamp/FDC/Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- In 1935, Shri Satish Ranjan Das, a prominent Kolkata barrister inspired by the British Model Public Schools, founded The Doon School as an Indian Public residential school run for Indian boys in the foothills of the Himalaya.
- Its ideals are imparting modern education besides, building the character, mind and a good and healthy body. The academic curriculum is supplemented by leadership programmes, sports and societies and other co-curricular offerings. Intense intra-mural competition between the various boarding houses teaches the boys the rigours of competition and the importance of “playing the game of life” with grace and honesty.
- The school has managed in an increasingly competitive educational environment in India, to achieve academic excellence without any sacrifice in co-curricular involvement. It conducts a music festival annually, stages seven plays every year, holds debates in English and Hindi throughout the year, and publishes eight school publications & holds over a dozen writing contest. A newspaper, the “Doon School Weekly” has been making its appearance every Saturday at breakfast regularly since 1936.
- The school pioneered three other key educational practices. The first is an elected School Council which has members from the boys and masters to assist in the governance of the school. The second is adventure and mountaineering. Its masters and boys have climbed peaks of over 20,000 feet and every term all the boys and masters take expeditions into the Himalayas.
- Boys and masters of the school have also been involved in social and community service. Socially Useful Productive Work or SUPW which is compulsory in all Indian Schools is based on Doon’s “labour quotas’ programmes“.
- The Doon School is owned by the Indian Public Schools’ Society (IPSS) and run by a Board of Governors. The school is run on a no profit-no loss basis.
- The Doon School has an array of distinguished alumni excelling in all spheres of life. The Economist magazine once described the Doon School alumni as being the second most influential network in the world after Harvard alumni. The school has been widely acclaimed by the international community and repeatedly rated as the best residential school in India.
- Text : Based on material provided by the proponent.