FROM OUR Correspondent
Silchar, Sept 18: Philately, the collection, appreciation and research activities on stamps and other philatelic products, has not lost its value. It reflects from the recently concluded two-day philatelic exhibition, ‘SILPEX – 2016’ at Banga Bhawan of this town, which featured a large number of rare stamps, envelopes and postcards. The exhibition organized under the aegis of the Postal Services, Assam Circle, was an instant hit as a large number of people attended it. Speaking as he chief guest on the iugural function, Prof Dilip Chandra th, Vice-Chancellor, Assam University, said, “I am overwhelmed to see that philately is still in practice. I too used to collect stamps. The present generation should inculcate the habit of stamp collection as it is indeed an enlightening hobby.”
Riju Ganguly, director, Postal Services, Assam Circle expressed his gratitude towards the organizers of the exhibition. “Stamp is not just a piece of paper. It is an important historical document which reflects our tradition, culture and civilization. Students should make stamp collection as their hobby.” Taimur Raja Chowdhury, editor, Samayik Prasanga, said, “Stamps are dipped in history. The Postal department’s initiative to organize a philatelic exhibition is highly commendable. We have also made a suggestion to make stamp featuring the 11 martyrs who laid down their lives on Amy 19, 1961.” Two special covers were also iugurated by Prof Dilip Chandra th and Riju Ganguly. Stamps from around 260 countries were displayed in the exhibition.