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Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana Launched to Promote Philately

Published on November 04, 2017
Minister of Communications Manoj Sinha has launched a Pan India scholarship program for school children.

Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana Launched to Promote Philately

  • The scheme is called Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana which aims to increase the reach of Philately. 
  • SPARSH stands for Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude & Research in Stamps as a Hobby.
  • Under the scheme, students from class VI to IX will be awarded annual scholarships for having good academic record and also pursuing Philately as a hobby.
  • Selection of the 920 students will be done through a competition in all postal circles. 
  • Every Postal Circle will select a maximum of 40 scholarships representing 10 students each from Standard VI, VII, VIII & IX. 
  • The amount of Scholarship will be Rs. 6000/- per annum

Conditions to Participate 

  • The child must be a student of a recognized school within India.
  • The concerned school should have a Philately Club and the candidate should be a member of the Club. 
  • In case the school Philately Club hasn’t been established a student having his own Philately Deposit Account will also be considered.
  •  Every prospective school, which participates in the competition, would be assigned a Philately mentor to be chosen from amongst the renowned Philatelists. 
  • The mentor will help in the ormation of the School level Philately Club.
  • He will provide guidance to young and aspiring Philatelists on how to pursue the hobby and also helping the aspiring Philatelists on their Philately Projects etc.
  • The selections would be made based on the evaluation of Project work on Philately & performance in Philately Quiz conducted by the Circles.

What is Philately?

  • Philately is the hobby of collecting and study of Postage stamps. 
  • It also requires the collection, appreciation and research activities on stamps and other related philatelic products. 
  • The hobby of collecting Stamps includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloguing, displaying, storing, and maintaining the stamps or related products on thematic areas. 
  • Philately is called the king of hobbies because Stamp collection as a hobby has a lot of educational benefits - it teaches a lot about the socio-economic-political reality of the period in which the stamp is issued or the theme on which it is issued.

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