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QUESTION: Dear Prashant

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamp_collecting
http://www.stampcollectioncenter.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Philatelic_Society
http://www.stamp-collecting-resource.com/stamp-collecting-values.html
http://www.wikihow.com/Collect-Stamps
http://mypostagestampscollection.blogspot.com/
http://www.scribd.com/doc/5476262/500-Indian-Stamps-Collection


1. Can Stamp Collection be considered as a good Project Assignment work for School Children ?

2. Do you feel if considered as a part of project assignment,
ages 11-13 would be the most appropriate ages for school children ?.

My Opinion
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Stamp collection will add General Knowledge. So it will be useful if taken as part of a project work along with taken as a hobby.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Dear Prashant,
Thanks for contacting me for your query. First of all I congratulate you for considering stamp collection as a good project assignment for school children. Well there is no age bar for this hobby and stamp collecting is pursued by people of all age group starting from 10 years to 80 years. For me stamp collecting is an 'Edutainment'. This hobby provides education as well as entertainment. Certainly it can be taken as a part of project work in schools and as per my knowledge many schools have adopted this hobby for project purpose. This hobby provides lot of information to children. We do workshops in schools to promote this hobby. As such there should not be any age bar for implementing project work for school children. Even for secondary class students also this hobby helps in one or other way.
Regards,
Prashant Pandya

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QUESTION: Dear Prashant

Thank you.

Following is the Project Assignment thought mentioned from my end to be given to school children.

Project Assignment
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1. Collection of Maximum 10 and Minimum 5 Stamps each from America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa regions from Internet.
2. Downloaded Stamp images will be pasted in Stamp Album into five different pages each for the above regions.
3. Description of each Stamp in two/three lines.

I require suggestions, inputs from your side.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Dear Prashant,
Once again thanks for your follow up question. I suggest you to give option of 10 different subjects in place of countries. For educational purpose subject wise collection is best option. Also I suggest that it would be better if students find actual stamps on 10 different topics and affix them in album or page (especially with Hinges and not with glue or other means). Also it would be good idea to write few lines on that particular subject. In Vadodara we had made such booklets for school children in 2009 during our National Exhibition 'Stampmania 2009' and we had received good response.
Regards,
Prashant

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QUESTION: Dear Prashant

Thank you.

In our country, Postage Stamps are released after the demise of the Great People viz Freedom Fighters, Political Leaders, Business Leaders, Scientists, Artists, Sports Personalities etc apart from Historic places.

I Feel the Living Legends should be honored when they are alive by releasing their stamps because the honor received when the legends are alive is more than the person/s who is/are no more. This was my opinion.

1. Do stamps are released after demise of Great Personalities in your countries ?
2. Do you agree or differ in my opinion of "Stamps should be released for living legends and not after their demises". ?

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Dear Prashant,
First of all I would like to inform you that I am very much in  India and I am aware of rules in India for issuing postage stamps on personalities. Indian Govt. has made rule that stamps will not be issued on living personalities. I feel that this rule is good, otherwise number of stamps on personalities will increase. I believe that stamps on flora & fauna, culture, heritage etc. should be encouraged.
Regards,
Prashant

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Expertise

I can answer queries related to Modern Postal History of India, Indian Postal Stationery, Baroda and Rajpipla State Postal History and fiscals. Please no questions about valuation of stamps or any philatelic material.

Experience

Involved in philatelic activities for more than 30 years. As a collector I have actively participated in State, National and International level Philatelic Exhibitions, writing articles on various aspects of philately. I am also a web master and maintaining philatelic web sites for the promotion of philately.

Organizations
President: Baroda Philatelic Society
Moderator : Indian Philatelists' Forum (A web based e-group promoting Indian Philately. - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/indianphilatelists/)
Secretary: Philatelic Congress of India
Member:
India Study Circle for Philately, U.K.
Association International des Journalistes Philatéliques (AIJP)
Philatelic Webmasters' Association
Volunteer Editor for dmoz.org (Editing Recreation/Collecting/Stamps Category)

Publications
1. Vadophil- Quarterly News Bulletin of Baroda Philatelic Society (Also an editor of the journal)
2. India Post - Journal of India Study Circle for Philately
3. Ind Dak
4. GPA Newsletter
5. A Guide to Modern Indian Postal Stationery, Vol. I (Envelopes)
6. Various Philatelic Souvenirs published during philatelic exhibitions.
7. www.indianphilately.net - Website for the promotion of Indian Philately

Education/Credentials
B. Sc. (Microbiology)

Awards and Honors
Have won Silver, Large Silver, Vermeil and Large Vermeil medals with special prizes for my collections on Postal Stationery of India, Philavision, Shahastrabdi (Millennium) and The Story of Milk at State, Regional, National and International level.


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