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Postage Stamp on late K.K. Birla

Sunday, March 15, 2009   (0 Comments)
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August 30th, 2008 was clearly a black day in the history of BITS-Pilani, as students, staff and alumni bemoan the sudden demise of Dr. K.K. Birla, Chancellor and founding member, BITS-Pilani at Kolkata after a brief illness.

Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi released a commemorative stamp in memoriam of legendary industrialist and visionary, late Dr K.K. Birla in March 2009.

“His tremendous achievement in industry matched with the scientific development he initiated in education,” says External Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherjee who was present during the function. Other politicians who attended the occasion included Union Ministers P. Chidambaram, Vayalar Ravi, H.R. Bhardwaj, Anand Sharma, former minister Oscar Fernandes, Chief Ministers Sheila Dikshit and Bhupinder Singh Hooda, senior Congress leaders, Jayanthi Natarajan, Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and Sachin Pilot.

The stamp, released by the Department of Posts, is of 500paise denomination. As many as 0.8 million stamps have been printed at India Security Press in Nasik. The gleaming countenance on this postage stamp sailing across the country is just one way of surviving the unassuming personality of Dr. KK Birla.

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