India Post, Nagaland division organised “philately workshop & re-launch of Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana” at Children’s Christian School (CCS), where a Philately Club was also launched, here, on Wednesday.
Speaking at the programme, assistant superintendent of posts, Kohima, sub division, Joy Justin Bongcher gave a brief introduction on philately.
While sharing he was also a collector of stamps, Bongcher said with the advancement of the world, rapid developments had taken place and that the hobby of stamp collection also evolved with time.
He informed that at present, it also posed as a source for revenue generation.
Pointing out that philately involved more than just stamp collecting or study of postage, he said it also increased one’s interest on rare stamps and paved a way for “good investment” as philately was the “king of hobbies”.
He also informed the students that stamps under different categories were now available online.
Philately Nagaland in-charge, Sharon Losu said in order to reinforce the efforts to increase the reach for philately, an annual scholarship was also being offered by the department of posts called “Deen Dayal SPARSH (Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude & Research in Stamps as a Hobby) Yojana” for students of classes VI-IX who have good academic records and pursued philately as hobby.
With the objective to promote the hobby from a young age and supplement academic curriculum for students, Losu said the amount of scholarship would be Rs. 6000 annually and selection would be based on one year.
Losu also informed that the first phase would include philately quiz and the second, a philately project.
Altogether, 32 students and 17 teachers were selected in the school’s first Philately club.
The programme was chaired by Penlung Manpen, school management, Aziebu Shaiza offered a prayer while headmaster of the school, Stephen Theyo proposed vote of thanks.