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Wednesday , December 5 , 2012
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First day cover for steel city cradle

In its diamond jubilee year, Jamshedpur Women’s College is set to become the first college in the state to get a special postal cover to commemorate the occasion.

A number of programmes have been lined up this month and all of next year to celebrate 60 years of the college’s existence, including an insurance scheme for students, seminars and social activities like the programme on World Disability Day on Monday when the college tied up with CII to distribute wheelchairs.

However, being granted a special cover by the postal department has come as a special gift for the students. The college approached the postal department about four months ago and received the consent letter from the chief postmaster general, Jharkhand Circle, recently along with the sample of the cover.

The special cover is a burst of colour on a yellow background. Although it was supposed to be released on December 3 during a performance by Bollywood playback singers Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet, the unveiling had to be postponed due to the state mourning declared on the death of former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral.

According to rules, a special cover can only be released by the Union minister for communications, minister of state for communications, secretary, department of posts or the chief postmaster general. Also mandatory is the presence of an MP.

“Since there is time now, we would like to invite Kapil Sibal, Union minister for communications and information technology. Let’s see how it turns out,” said Shukla Mahanty, principal of the college.

The picture on the postal cover shows Tata Steel founder J.N. Tata and students of the college engaged in various activities. The first day cover will include a brief history of the college, founded in 1953, in Hindi and English.

“The postal department has said it would print about 1,000 such stamps, which would be available in the college. Philatelists in the city have already started calling,” said Mahanty.

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