India Post Issued Stamp on Ruchi Ram Sahni

\"ruchiramBy Anil Kr Pujara

Ruchi Ram Sahni (1863-1948) was the first person from Punjab to make a career in science. He was the first Indian officer in the India Meteorological Department (1885). Moving by choice to teaching, he became the first Indian science professor at Government College Lahore which he served from 1887 till his retirement in 1918. The University instituted Ruchi Ram Sahni Declamation Contest Prize in his honour. He is also India’s first nuclear scientist who published two research papers in 1915 and 1917 working in the laboratory of Ernst Rutherford in Manchester where he interacted with Niels Bohr. (Interestingly, in his laboratory work, he was assisted by his son Birbal Sahni, the well known pale botanist, who was at the time studying in Cambridge.) Sahni entered Punjab Legislative Council as a member of the Swaraj Party.

Ruchi Ram was a conscientious and inspiring teacher who spent six months learning carpentry for the sake of laboratory work.He was an enthusiastic advocate of Punjabi (and regional languages in general) ‘as a vehicle of scientific ideas’.  He gave public lectures in Punjabi in Lahore, other towns and even remote villages. All his lectures were ‘illustrated with easy experiments, often with simple apparatus which any one could make for himself’.

A life-long adherent of the Brahmo Samaj principles, he held all religions in high esteem. In or after 1945 he wrote Struggle for Reform in Sikh Shrines, which was later edited by Dr Ganda Singh and published by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC). With his characteristic thoroughness, he preserved all the press communiqués on the subject which SGPC had issued from time to time and subsequently presented a complete set to SGPC whose own collection had gaps.

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8 Responses to India Post Issued Stamp on Ruchi Ram Sahni

  1. R.K.MISHRA says:


  2. ramkumargopalan says:

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  3. R.K.MISHRA says:

    The Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany Lucknow, established in the year 1946, was an outcome of vision of Prof. Birbal Sahni, son of Ruchi Ram Sahani is an autonomous Institute under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, dedicated to both fundamental and applied aspects of plant fossil research.

  4. ANIL KR PUJARA says:

    Respected Mishra Ji, Sh Birbal Sahni was son of Ruchi Ram Sahni. The FDC bears autographs of Pro. G.K.Chadhdha Chairman of 6th Pay Commision, Prof. Yash Pal Chairman of U G C, Sh. Pawan Bansal Ex Railway Minister, Sh.s.s.Maluka Education Minister of Govt. of Punjab. Sh. Grover Vice Chancellor of Punjab University, Sh. Kulbeer Singh C P M G.Chandigarh n Sh Ashok Sahni son of Birbal Sahni n grandson of Sh. Ruchi Ram Sahni. They all were present in the stamp release function. Sh. Kapil Sibbal was to release the stamp but at the last momement he could not come n changed his programme.

  5. Sandeep says:

    Kudos to Pujara Ji, for preparing this FDC, as usually it is a tough job to get the stamps and FDC from the bureau on the day of issue.
    Could you please also tell something about the autographs on this FDC, as they seem to carry equal importance :-).
    The photo on the FDC looks more realistic than on the stamp. This usually happens, because the designer is always under pressure to “design” the stamp, rather than just to put the real, beautiful truth in there.


    Wait for the subsequent issue of Beant Singh stamp by India Post.
    As of now it is just a label.

  7. ATUL JAIN says:

    excellent work!!!!!!!!!! pujara ji

  8. ANIL KR PUJARA says:

    Thanks Atul Ji. Dear Sandeep ji, the autographs that appear on FDC are are of following dignitaries–(1) Pro. G.K.Chadhdha—Chairman-6th Pay Commission
    (2) P[ro. Yash Pat—Chairman U G C
    (3) Sh. Pawan Bansal–M.P. Ex Railway Minister
    (4) Sh. Arora—Vice Chancellor Punjab University
    (5) Sh. S.S. Malika–Minister for Education. Govt. Of Punjab
    (6) Sh. Kulbir Singh CPMG.
    (7) Sh. Ashok Sahni Grand son of Sh. Ruchi Ram Sahni. S/O of Sh . Birbal Sahni noted Botanist.
    These all dignitaries were present on dais on the day of stamp release function.

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