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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dr. Triguna Sen, National Council of Education and Jadavpur University.

I dedicate today's post to Dr. Triguna Sen who encouraged me in perusing my hobby of stamp collecting during my school days when I used to visit him quite often to browse through his incoming foreign mails and take out the stamps from the covers whatever used to catch my fancy. Alas, at that time I was not educated enough not to peel off stamps from important postal covers.
FDC autographed by Somnath Chattopadhyay, former speaker of Lok Sabha (Parliament), Prof Debi Prasad Chattopadhyay, President, The National Council of Education and Sekhar Dutt, Governor of Chhattisgarh.
 The font cover of the invitation card for the 'Stamp Release Ceremony'.
Inside cover of the invitation card. It shows the Aurobindo Building of  J.U. and a familiar picture of Dr. Sen, its first Vice-Chancellor. 
The text of the invitation Card
 The se-tenant Stamps on Dr. Triguna Sen and The National Council of Education were formally released by Sri Somnath Chattopadhyay at the Indramati Sabhagriha of the Council at Jadavpur.
  Jadavpur College - an early delivery post mark (4 August 1950). The Post Office was renamed Jadavpur University in 1956.

The cover was canceled at the Jadavpur Unversity Post Office
on 24 Dec. 2010, the day of the stamp release. Coincidentally, the annual convocation of Jadavpur University is also held every year on 24th December, the birthday of Dr. Triguna Sen .
The National Council of Education (NCE) came into being during 1905-06 Swadeshi Movements. In 1910 the Society for the Promotion of Technical Education in Bengal which looked after Bengal Technical Institute (which later became College of Engineering and Technology, Bengal) was amalgamated to National Council of Education.
Calcutta Corporation under the guidance of its Mayor Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das leased out to N.C.E. the present site of Jadavpur Campus where its Engineering College was shifted in 1924. The Aurobindo Building, now housing the admin1istrative offices, used to be the venue of teaching of the Engineering College.(
 Dr. Triguna Sen was born on 24 December 1905 at Solhet (now part of Bangladesh). Dr. Sen was a multifaceted personality. An eminent educationist, ardent freedom fighter, able administrator and a very conscientious parliamentarian.  He was highly committed to the cause of imparting quality education in diverse disciplines, especially in science and technology. Dr. Sen was instrumental in establishing Jadavpur University at Kolkata on 24th December, 1955. In his capacity, first as the Rector and later as the first Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University. He was also associated with many other institutions of eminence, prominent among them being the Banaras Hindu University, where he was the Vice-Chancellor for a short duration, and the Institution of Engineers (India), where he remained for two years as its President.  He was elected President Alumni Association of National Council of Education Bengal, Jadavpur University.  
         The prestigious national honour of ‘Padma Bhushan’ was conferred on Dr. Triguna Sen in 1965 He was also Union Minister for education and later, as the Union Minister in-charge of Petroleum, Chemicals and Minerals for brief spell during late 1960s and early 70s Dr. Sen passed away on 11th January 1998.


  1. i really appreciate your blog and it has enriched and created a lot of interest in philately and i think philately should be taught as a subject in university courses of kolkata university :-)

  2. Your blog is very informative, concise and i am overwhelmed to find every detail of our honourable academician and ex- union minister Dr Triguna Sen in your site. I must inform you that the spelling Solhet and Indramati are wrong. Sylhet and Indumati Sabhagriha are correct words.

  3. I need some qoutes of Triguna Sen and some of his life reference.

    1. Please notify to the above commentI need some qoutes of Triguna Sen and some of his life reference.