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Students from 15 schools take part in design-a-stamp contest

Staff Reporter

The competition was organised by the Department of Posts




RIOT OF COLOURS: Scores of children showcase their skills at two separate contests held in Chennai on Sunday. While about 225 students participated in a design-a-stamp'contest held by the Department of Posts, the `Classmate Young Artist 2005' nation al competition organised by ITC at Maharishi Vidya Mandir attracted over 1,800 budding artists. — Photos: A. Muralitharan and S. Thanthoni

TAMBARAM: About 225 students from 15 schools in Tambaram took part in the `design a stamp' contest organised by the Department of Posts at the Jaigopal Garodia National Higher Secondary School in East Tambaram on Sunday.

Organised every year since 1998, the contest aims at inculcating students' interest in stamps.

There were three categories: Students between first and fourth standards, fifth and eight standards, and ninth and twelfth standards.

The themes for today's contest were `my favourite mythological character' and `my favourite fairy tale.'

Sunday's contest was organised by the Tambaram postal division. Similar contests were organised by other divisions of the Chennai region and in other parts of the State as well.

Three paintings from each of the categories from all over India would be selected at the national level and would be given a cash award of Rs. 10,000, Rs. 6,000 and Rs. 4,000 for the first, second and third places respectively.

Stamps would be brought out by the Department of Posts based on the prize winning designs in the junior category. And prize winning designs from the senior category would be used to make stamp sheets, first day covers maxim cards and also find place on the cover of philately newsletters, according to K. Chinnadurai, Senior Superintendent of Posts, Tambaram.

Though the contest is usually held on November 14 every year to coincide with Children's Day, it was postponed this year due to rains and other administrative reasons.

About 850 students appeared for the contest held at Sri Padmam and Sri Alamelumanga wedding halls in T. Nagar.

The three best entries will be selected at a regional level for the three age-wise categories in which the contest was held.

The first prize in all segments will be sent to the Director General of Posts, New Delhi, for participation in the national level contests.

The national prize winning entries will be chosen for being printed as postage stamps and First Day Cover to be released on Children's Day, 2006.

The common theme for the contest was "My favourite mythological hero" or "My favourite fairy tale".

R. Anand, Director of Postal Services, Chennai, visited the competition venue.

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