Darjeeling, July 29 : Alpine Philatelic and Numismatic Society (APNS), Darjeeling organized a Philatelic Workshop at North Point Academy School, Singamari. The workshop was organized with a motive of educating interested individuals especially students, the Basics of Stamp Collecting.
The workshop was attended by interested students of schools like St. Joseph’s School, Rangbang High School, St. Robert’s School, Darjeeling Government College and North Point Academy. The students were made aware of the importance, advantages and fun in Stamp Collecting, which has almost become an extinct hobby in the Hills. Stamps and other postal stationery like First Day Covers, Brochures were handed out to the students. Ways of collecting, method of storing; safe keeping and sorting out stamps were taught with live demonstration.
This was a first workshop conducted in Darjeeling by the Society after the success of its maiden Exhibition, ALPINE-2018 that was organized on the 1st and 2nd of June 2018 at Hayden Hall, Darjeeling. The Society was formed in February 2018 with the sole motive of promoting and facilitating these two intellectual hobbies. This was the first of the many workshops that the Society has planned for. APNS had also conducted a display cum workshop at Tashi Namgyal Academy School, Gangtok, in collaboration with Sikkim Philatelic and Numismatic Society(SPNS). Both APNS and SPNS plan to organize many more workshops and exhibitions of both Philately-stamp collecting and Numismatics-Coin Collecting in collaboration with the schools in and around Darjeeling and Sikkim.
The society seems to be making quite an impact in the Hills as not just students but there are a lot of teachers, professionals, retired employees joining the Society every day. There are news of many others organizations trying to organize such exhibitions in Darjeeling after the initiative of the Society to revive these two hobbies, which were considered Dead hobbies in the Hills.