SCOTTISH CHURCH COLLEGE, CALCUTTA
The Scottish Church College along with the Collegiate School, which celebrates the 150th Year of its foundation this year, has rich heritage. Initially known as the General Assembly's Institution, it was founded on the 13th July 1830 by Dr. Alexander Duff, the first overseas missionary of the Church of Scotland to India. Dr. Duff with Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the father of modern India, played significant role in supporting Lord Macaulay in drafting his famous minute for the introduction of English education in India. Successive eminent missionary scholars from Scotland, viz. Dr. Ogilvie, Dr. Hastie, Dr. Macdonald, Dr. Stephen, Dr. Watt, Dr. Urqahart and others contributed to the spread of liberal Western education. Dr. Duff played a leading part in founding the Calcutta University in 1857; he was associated with the Agro- horticultural Society and the establishment of a medical college. He also aimed at breaking down caste-barriers by founding several girls’ schools.
The Scottish Church College played a pioneering role in women's education as well as coeducation in the country; girls comprise half the present roll strength of the College. With the added interest of the missionaries in educational work and social upliftment, the College stands as a monument to Indo-Scottish Co-operation.
The aims and principles of the College are essentially those of its founder namely, the formation of character through education based on Christian teaching. -The motto of the College is, NEC, TAMEN CONSUME BATUR i.e. burning and yet not consumed.
With Honours courses in almost all-important subjects. a well-equipped Science Department and a library with rare manuscripts and collections, a B. Ed. Department for women and six hostels, the College caters primarily to the students from middle and low-income families.
The galaxy of alumni includes men of international fame like Swami Vivekananda, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and others.
Under a constitution adopted in 1953, the control till then vesting in the Church of Scotland was transferred to a Council representative of the Church of North India and the S" of the College.
The Indian Posts &, Telegraphs Department is privileged to issue a special postage stamp to commemorate 150 years of service by this renowned institution to the nation.
Description of Designs
The stamp design is a line drawing of the main building of the Scottish Church College. The first day cover, designed by Charanjit Lal, shows Alexander Duff and Raja Rammoham Roy along with the crest of the College, The first day cancellation design also incorporates the crest of the College.
Date of Issue: 27.9.1980