D.A.V. Institutions all over the country are known for bringing out the best in students and for imbibing in them a sense of dedication, patriotism and discipline. The contributions of D.A.V. Movement towards the field of education and social reforms are worth mentioning.

Maharishi Dayanand, the founder of the reformist movement of Arya Samaj, believed that only education could awaken society. On his death the @D.A.V. Movement was started in his memory in 1885. The first D.A.V. School was established in Lahore on Ist June 1886, later upgraded to a college in 1889. Since then the movement has marched from strength to strength, playing an important role in transforming the Indian psyche towards a modern outlook.

At present 125 degree colleges are being run in the country by the Arya Samaj Organisation. About 30 lakh students receive education every year. The emphasis has always been on the integrated development of the personality of the pupils. Since 1981, the society has, expanded its field of educational activity by starting various job-oriented courses, like Rural Development Journalism, Mass Communication, Computers and Management.

Text: Based on material given by D.A.V. Movement Centenary Celebration Organising Committee.

Description of Designs. The stamp has been designed by India Security Press Nashik Road. The First day cover and cancellation by Smt. Alka Sharma

Date of Issue: 27.6.1989