A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Jayant Pandurang Naik, an Indian educator :
Issued by India
Issued on Sep 5, 2007
Issued for : The Department of Posts is proud to release a commemorative postage stamp on J.P. Naik.
Stamp & FDC : Brahm Prakash
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Printing Process : Wet–offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Jayant Pandurang Naik
Born on Sep 5, 1907 at Bahirewadi, Ajara taluka, Kolhapur district, Maharashtra, India
Died on Aug 30, 1981
- J.P. Naik as a freedom fighter had undertaken innovative educational programmes in backward village of Dharwad in Karnataka. He studied the problem of primary education in India and other developing countries. Knowing this, UNESCO invited him for a conference on primary education held in Mumbai in 1952. He was placed by UNESCO on the Executive Committee of the International Institute of Educational Planning, Paris. UNESCO gave him assistance to write his last book ‘Education Commission and After‘, a critical and introspective analysis of the process of formulating India‘s education policy. He was invited by the Daag Hammerschold Foundation as adviser for alternatives and innovations in education, especially for developing countries.
- Naik was a prolific writer, he wrote as many as 41 books and booklets of which ‘History of Education in India’ won international acclaim. Elementary Education in India: Promise to keep, won the Dadabhai Naoroji Award. The Report of the Education Commission became internationally famous, and his last two books viz. Education Commission and After (a critical review of India’s education policy) and Health for All which proposes alternatives in health-care for all has contributed to formation of the health policy of India in 1983.
- He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974.
- He always worked in a nominal salary of Re. 1/- per month as he was freedom fighter in his youth and wished to retain his freedom throughout his life. India lost the doyen of its educational thinkers and organizers on 30th August 1981.
- In 1989-90, UNESCO published a series of monographs on ‘100 Thinkers on Education‘ of world-stature, going as far back as Confucius, among which J.P. Naik finds a place of honour. Naik‘s departure from the Indian educational scene has created a large void which cannot easily be filled.
- Text : Based on material provided by the Proponent.