PAN India scholarship program for school children called Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana was launched in the year 2017 to increase the reach of Philately. Under the scheme of SPARSH (Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude & Research in Stamps as a Hobby), annual scholarships will be awarded to children of Standard VI to IX having good academic record and also pursuing Philately as a hobby through a competitive selection process in all postal circles. In this scheme, 920 scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing Philately as a hobby. Maximum of 40 scholarships representing 10 students each from Standard VI, VII, VIII & IX to be selected. The amount of Scholarship will be Rs. 6000/- per annum @ Rs. 500/- per month.
To avail this scholarship, a child must be a student of a recognized school within India and the concerned school should have a Philately Club and the candidate should be a member of the Club. In case the school Philately Club hasn’t been established a student having his own Philately Deposit Account will also be considered. Every prospective school, which participates in the competition, would be assigned a Philately mentor to be chosen from amongst the renowned Philatelists. The Philately mentor would help in formation of the School level Philately Club, providing guidance to young and aspiring Philatelists on how to pursue the hobby and also helping the aspiring Philatelists on their Philately Projects etc.
Selections under the Deen Dayal SPARSH scheme would be made based on the evaluation of Project work on Philately & performance in Philately Quiz conducted by the Circles. The details of the Scheme are available on the website at www.postagestamps.gov.in and www.indiapost.gov.in.
For further queries, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Chandigarh Division, Contact No. 0172-2722490 and 0172-2704009 may kindly be contacted.

Sr. Superintendent of Post Offices,
Chandigarh Division-160017