A commemorative postage stamp on the Cotton College, Gauhati, Assam (Cotton University) :
Issued by India
Issued on May 26, 2002
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to release a postage stamp in recognition of the contributions of Cotton College, Guwahati to the spread of higher education in the country.
Stamp : India Security Press, Nashik
FDC & Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : First Day Cover
Colour : Two Colour
Denomination : 400 Paise
Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Printing size : 2.545 x 3.561 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated stamp paper in Sheets 50.8 x 53.5 Cms.
Stamps Printed : 0.8 million
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
- Cotton College was established in 1901 as a Government institution during the administration of Sir Henry Cotton, after whom it has been named.
- The history of the College is one of steady growth since its establishment, extending its sphere of usefulness in the field of higher education. In 1909, when Assam formed part of Eastern Bengal, B.A. and B.Sc. Classes were first opened. Since 1912, when Assam was reconstituted as a separate province, the College has undergone further expansion. Honours classes in different branches of study were opened in 1914, and numerous structural additions made to meet increasing demands.
- Cotton College is the alma mater of practically all leading personalities of Assam. Six Chief Minister of Assam starting with Bharat Ratna Gopinath Bordoloi were proud products of Cotton College. Noted educationist Krishna Kanta Handique who was the first Vice-Chancellor of Guwahati University, litterateurs Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya and Momoni Roisom Goswami who went on to win the Jnanpith award, musician Dr. Bhupen Hazarika who is a winner of the Dada Saheb Phalke award and footballer Telimaran Ao, Captain of India‘s first Olympic team were a few noted alumni of the College.
- At present, Major and Postgraduate courses are offered in 21 subjects at the College, viz. Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Geology, Statistics, Anthropology, Mathematics, History, Political Science, English, Assamese, Bengali, Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic, Persian, Philosophy and Economics. In recognition of the merit and outstanding services rendered by the College to the people of the North East region of India, particularly Assam, the State Government concurred in to the upgradation of the College to a full-fledged Post-Graduate College in 1992.
- Assam owes to Cotton College for a significant contribution to its cultural renaissance. It took a leading part in moulding the literary and cultural activities of the people of the state. It presents a cosmopolitan ambience with students coming from all parts of the North East region to make the most of some of the best educational infrastructure available in the country.
- Text : Based on Material furnished by the sponsors.