|Aga Khan Foundation |
Founded by the Aga Khan in 1967 at Geneva, Switzerland the Aga Khan Foundation is part of the Aga Khan Development Network,. a group of nine institutions working in health, education, culture, rural and economic development. Established in India in 1978, the Aga Khan Foundation currently functions in 18 countries across the world spanning Central and South Asia, the Middle East, Sub- Saharan Africa, Europe and North America. It seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and ill-health with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal and other resource-poor areas.
Aga Khan Foundation has supported rural development programmes in India since the early 1980s. During 2006, in Jammu and Kashmir, over 25 masons were trained in earthquake-resistant construction techniques and six were contracted to provide regular technical guidance in programme villages. The Foundation engaged local communities in the management and delivery of health care through the “social franchise agreement”. The Aga Khan Foundation has completed 30 years of an extremely philanthropic and purposeful existence in India.
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Shri Shiridi Sai Baba
Sai Baba’s early life was enshrouded in contradictions and mystery. It is stated that he was born of Brahmin parents in the Nizam’s state. In infancy he was supposed to have been deserted by his parents. Legend says that a fakir found the child and took him home. After the fakir’s death, the child was brought up by a zamindar of selu. Sai Baba first came to Shirdi when he was a lad of 16, and lived there for about 4 years. Then suddenly he disappeared, and after a lapse of years returned to Shirdi in the year 1859.
Conscious of the beauty and power that reside in devotion, Shri Sai Baba exhorted men and women to adopt Bhakti as the most rewarding sadhana. Bhakti or love is the most natural and vital feeling of the human heart as loving and being loved fall within the scope of very individual’s normal experience, and one has no need to cultivate love. Sai Baba recognized that the need to adore is inherent in the human heart and, as such, he felt that the sadhana of devotion (Bhakti) could well become the basis of an inter-religious dialogue.
In Shirdi in those days a remarkable spirit of love and brotherhood prevailed, for all communities had found a common and unifying interest in the divine personality of Shri Sai Baba. Each individual saw it him a personification of his own favourite deity, an image of his own chosedn ideal, and worshipped him as such. Through all this maze of contrary beliefs, Sai Baba lived on unperturbed with perhaps a glint of humour in his eyes for the speculations about his caste and creed. Sai Baba discouraged the questions regarding whether he was a Hindu or a Muslim.
Sai Baba taught only through a medium of the spoken word in the pattern of our ancient sages. His words transcended the limitations of time and distance, and spread far and wide even to the remotest of villages. Sai Baba’s teaching and life have captured the imaginations of the people in India and abroad as well.
On 15th October 1918 he passed away, breaking, forever the barriers of existence.
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Shri Rajesh Pilot was born in village Baidpura in District Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh on February 10, 1945, he had his schooling from M.M. Higher Secondary School, New Delhi and later he studied in Meerut University.
Shri Rajesh Pilot joined the Air Force Academy at Coimbatore in June, 1964 and was commissioned in the Flying Branch on October 29, 1966. He served for 13 years in Fighter and Transport Squardron of the Indian Air Force and saw action in Bangladesh during the Indo-Pak War of 1971. He resigned from Air Force in November, 1979 and joined politics as the 7th Lok Sabha Congress (I) candidate in December, 1979 and was elected to Lok Sabha from Bharatpur Constituency (Rajasthan) in 1984 and was inducted into the Union Council of Ministers as Minister of State, Surface Transport in the Ministry of Transport.
Shri Rajesh Pilot was re-elected to the 10th Lok Sabha in 1991 from Dausa Constituency (Rajasthan). He was inducted in the Union Council of Ministers as Minister of State for Communications with independent charge with effect from June 26th 1991. Shri Pilot was regarded as an expert in Kashmir and North Eastern affairs, the areas which he handled both in his capacity as Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, earlier as Member of Parliament and even priortb that as a serving Officer of the Indian Air Force having had wide exposure of working in the North Eastern States.
Shri Rajesh Pilot was elected as Member of Parliament of 11 th Lok Sabha in 1996. He was re-elected as Member of Parliament for the 12th Lok Sabha in 1998 from Dausa Constituency (Rajasthan). He retained the seat again as Member of 13th Lok Sabha from the same Constituency. Shri Pilot was deeply admired by the people of his constituency. Starting from Bharatpur constituency which he represented in 1980, Shri Pilot represented the Dausa Constituency of Rajasthan for five terms and breathed his last in the same Constituency on 11 th June, 2000 when a freak motor accident snatched him away from us.
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Henning Holck-Larsen, founding partner of L & T Ltd. was born on July 4, 1907 at Copenhagen in Denmark. He attended jesuit primary and secondary schools and in 1922 entered the Metropolitanskolen (high school) of Copenhagen from which he graduated in 1925. From the University of Copenhagen, he took a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1930 and joined F L Smidth and Company, Denmark- a leader in cement technology. In1935 he was deputed to India to assess the various cement manufacturing groups which later formed the Associated Cement Companies.The year 1938 he and his former schoolmate, Soren Kristian Toubro, set up the partnership firm Larsen and Toubro, that was soon to establish itself as one of the country’s front-ranking industrial organizations. Under his vision, Larsen and Toubro became a private limited company in 1946 and a public limited company in 1950.In recognition of his contribution in promoting relations between India and Denmark in 1972,the Danish Government appointed him Consul General for Denmark in Mumbai.ln1976, his efforts on the world stage earned him the Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding. He was conferred a knightood and Order of The Knight Commander of Danneburg by Queen Margerethe II of Denmark in 1977. In 1980 he was given Sir Jahangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial Peace. In 2002, the Government of India conferred the Padma Bhushan on Henning Holck-Larsen.
Henning Holck-Larsen, one of the Pioneers of the engineering industry in India, passed away on 27th July,2007.
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Madhav Institute of Technology & Science, Gwalior
Maharaja Madhav Rao Scindia (1st) of erstwhile State of Gwalior, conceived the idea of setting up an engineering college at Gwalior to the major benefit of the youths of the region during the visit to Europe in 1925. But the Institute could not be established due to his death in the same year.The prestigious institute of the State of Madhya Pradesh, Maharaja Madhav Institute of Technology and Science (then known as Madhav Engineering College) was established 32 years later in 1957 by Jiwajirao Scindia, with the prime objective of providing Technical Education at undergraduate and post graduate level along with conducting research activities to produce trained technical man power for the progress of the state and the nation.
The foundation stone of the Institute’s building was laid by Dr.Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India on 20th October, 1956 and the building was inaugurated on 11th December 1964 by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the then President of India.
The Institute started initially with B.E. Courses in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with total intake of 120 and ceaselessly kept striving to add Postgraduate and Ph.D. Courses in Applied Sciences in 1967. The institute started offering the Postgraduate Course in Civil Engineering with specialization in Construction Technology and Management in 1987, which was perhaps the first institution to do so in India. This was followed by introduction of Post Graduation course in Electronics and Electrical Engineering Departments in 1995.
Engineering Department. Microwave Engineering in Electronics Department Bio- Tech in Biotechnology Department and Urban Management in Architecture Planning Department are the latest additions to the Institute. The Institute also conducts Ph.D. programme in various disciplines of Engineering and Science such as Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering. CSE & IT, MCA etc.
The Institute is growing steadily and has student strength of 2500 in the campus under different graduate and postgraduate programmes. The human resources generated by the Institute are well accepted at national and international level such as NASA, Microsoft reputed universities of USA and E.U.
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MAHATMA GANDHI 1948 ISSUE OF INDIA
The First anniversary of Independence on 15th August 1948 was celebrated by issuing a set of four stamps showing the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi to commemorate his life and work in the denominations of 1½ As., 3½ As., 12 As. and Rs.10/- in the colours of Brown, Violet, Grey-Green and Purple-Brown & Lake respectively. These stamps were designed and printed on unwatermarked Granite paper by the world famous printer Courvoisier in their printing works at La Chaux- de Fonds, Switzerland. The design showed the profile of Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi), the architects of Indian freedom, the apostle of peace and non-violence, who was shot dead on 30th January 1948, in a prayer meeting at Birla house in Delhi. Mahatma Gandhi is popularly known as ‘Bapu’, an ardent advocate of ‘Swadeshi’ (National products). This is the only set of stamps printed by any foreign country till today. Therefore it is an irony of fate that the Government of India went out of their way to get the very stamps which were to perpetuate his sacred memory printed by a foreign Swiss firm. These stamps are the first post-independence issue bearing Urdu scripts on them. These stamps were printed by photogravure process in the sheet containing 50 stamps, in 5 horizontal rows of 10 stamps each in all denominations in perforation 11½.
|First anniversary of independence Mahatma Gandhi memorial stamps|
The gum used on these stamps was not suitable for the Indian tropical climate. So, after arrival in India the gum started gathering moisture due to which many packets of mint stamp sheets got stuck to the intervening glassine sheets supplied by the printers like a log of wood making it difficult for the postal officials to tear apart the sheets. Finally large quantities of these commemorative stamps which could not be sold were destroyed by the postal authorities. This is the reason why many Gandhi stamps presently available with dealers are paper stuck. There is no report of any error printing. But Mr. G.S. Farid a specialist on Indian stamps from Calcutta had mentioned in one of his article regarding ‘Pearl’ variety Gandhi on 1½ as. Stamp. He noticed a dot below the Hindi word ‘Bapu’ on the left corner of the stamp visible to the naked eyes. It is a coloured dot with a white shadow at the top, imparting a sparkling pearl-like appearance. To confirm the fact I checked my collection out of four mint sheets only one sheet has such variety bearing control number 005721, Plate control number A4 (Illustration).
This has been ascertained in many copies of this variety. The variety found in any sheet of 1½ as. Stamp was found to be in the constant 5th position bearing the control number in the last row. The reason for such flaw lies in the printing process of the stamp (i.e. the photogravure process). The stamps printed in the form of dots and dashes resulting from the foreign particles settling upon the cylinder, or due to dirt in the ink, but are not constant in nature, except those formed during manufacture of the multi-positive are constant. No such variety has been found in other three values.
Small quantities of all the 4 Gandhi stamps were overprinted with the word ‘SERVICE’ by lithographic process in black by Indian Security Press, Nasik for the exclusive personal use of His Excellency the Governor- General’s Secretariat of Indian Dominion. Though it is believed that only small quantities of the three low values and 100 copies of the ten rupees value were thus overprinted, no information is vouchsafed by the authorities on this subject. However, it can not be denied that the stamps are extremely scarce; both in mint and used condition, and ten rupees value is practically unobtainable. Forgery is common in any rare items. Here also common forgeries are made by Typographic overprint which always shows a little ridge round the letters, formed by the ink being squeezed out under the pressure (detected by impression on reverse) or Thomas de la Rue style (1911 to 1926) over print.
In the British Commonwealth section of the Stanley Gibbons Auctions on 14th to 17th April,1970, a superb O.G., complete mint set of India 1948 ‘SERVICE’ overprint, on Mahatma Gandhi with Fiecchi Certificate was sold for Rs.5,670/-. It confirms that this Set is quoting a high price since long. Now the only available source are the auction houses, so the available copies as and when offered in the auction sales are going to the album of the prospecting buyer. At the present juncture demand is more and supply is less. Accordingly the market price is increasing as per the demand of the collectors. Recently in David Feldman’s auction sale of 5th October 2007 at Geneva, Switzerland a set of 1948 Gandhi Service sets was sold for Euro 38,000 a record price which is even more than the price of a 4 Annas ‘Inverted Head’ error sold in the same auction for Euro 32,000. There will be no doubt if it will be treated as a rare set of stamps.