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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

Chandigarh

PGI gets stamped
Vishav Bharti , Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, February 01, 2013
First Published: 23:27 IST(1/2/2013)
Last Updated: 23:29 IST(1/2/2013)

The Nehru Hospital of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has featured in the India Post stamp.


The India Post has issued a Rs. 5 postage stamp to commemorate the golden jubilee celebrations of the premier medical institute.

The stamp was issued by the postal department in January 2013.

In 2012, a Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Dr SK Jindal before the beginning of the golden jubilee celebrations.

Besides various other activities, the committee had written to the postal department requesting them to issue a stamp to commemorate the golden jubilee of the institute.

The PGI had even sent a design for the stamp prepared by one of the faculty members, but the department preferred its own design, in which they used the picture of Nehru Hospital.

Sources in the PGI administration revealed that now the institute was planning to release the stamp on July 7, 2013, when the year-long golden jubilee functions will conclude.

"The issuance of the stamp holds testimony to the service which PGI has done to people of the region. We are proud that a stamp has been issued to commemorate the golden jubilee of the institute. It is a landmark for PGI," said Dr Jindal.

Significantly, as per the rules for issuance of commemorative postage stamps by the department of posts, the stamps are issued on subjects that have a national or international stature or have made national or international contribution or impact or reflect national or international areas of concern. These stamps are issued only on the apex institutions, not on branches of any institution or organisation.

Earlier, a similar one such stamp was issued for Panjab University on May 19, 1989. The Panjab University stamp has Gandhi Bhawan's sketch on it.
 
The PGI entered in its golden jubilee year on July 7, 2012. The institute was inaugurated by the first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, on July 7, 1963. The institute has treated around 3.8 crore patients in the past 50 years. The PGI was declared as an "Institute of National Importance" by an Act of Parliament on April 1, 1967 (Act 51 of 1966).

The Nehru Hospital of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has featured in the India Post stamp.


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