The Philatelic Congress of India
Registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860
The Philatelic Congress of India (PCI) is the Indian National Federation of Philatelic Societies. It was formed in a Preparatory General Body meeting held in Calcutta (Kolkata) on 29th December 1975 during the National Philatelic Exhibition INPEX-1975. The Philatelic Congress of India also accepts individual Life and Associate members.
The PCI had organized the first Asian International Philatelic Exhibition ASIANA-77 held in Bangalore (Bengaluru) under the patronage of Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP). Thereafter, the PCI has been very actively involved and associated with the Department of Posts in the organization of INDIA-80, INDIA-89, INDEPEX-97 and INDIPEX-2011, the World Philatelic Exhibitions, held in New Delhi under the patronage of Federation Internationale De Philatelie (FIP) and auspices of FIAP, and also the 14th Asian International Philatelic Exhibition INDEPEX ASIANA-2000 held in Calcutta (Kolkata) under the patronage of FIAP and with the recognition of FIP. The PCI was instrumental in bringing the gems of world philately to India in these exhibitions, including the unique One Cent British Guiana, Hawaiian Missionaries, and Post Office Mauritius stamps in INDIA-80 and for the first time 12 exceedingly rare India 1854 Four Annas Head Inverted stamps brought from all over the world were exhibited under one roof in INDEPEX-97 Court of Honours.
As a result of the efforts of the PCI, Indian Philatelists are able to take part in the International Philatelic Exhibitions held in different parts of the world. Indian Philatelists have secured very high awards including FIP / FIAP Grand Prix D' Honneur, Grand Prix International, Grand Prix National and Best Exhibit awards in several International Exhibitions.
Mr. D. N. Jatia and Brig. D. S. Virk, AVSM were invited to sign the most prestigious Roll of Distinguished Philatelists (RDP). Mr. D. N. Jatia, Founder President of PCI, was elected as FIAP President (1981-1987) and FIP President for two terms (1990-1998). He was the first Non-European to get this honour and he was instrumental in framing the General Regulations for the FIP World Exhibitions (GREX) and General & Special Regulations for the Evaluation of the Exhibits (GREV and SREV). The PCI members have been nominated on various Committees and Commissions of the FIP and FIAP where they have made very significant contributions. Many of our members have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Philatelic Society, London.
The following PCI publications have been very well received and serve as excellent reference works:
• Hyderabad Postal History - by Dr. M. A. Nayeem
• From the Diary of Stephen Smith - compiled by Mr. D. N. Jatia, RDP
• Postal Censorship in India 1939-1945 - by Brig. D. S. Virk, RDP
• Bibliography - Indian Philately - compiled by PCI
• Postal History of Indian Campaigns Sikkim Tibet 1903-1908 - by Brig. D. S. Virk, RDP
• C.E.F. - The China Expeditionary Force 1900-1923 - by Brig. D. S. Virk, RDP
• India's Bi-Coloured Four Annas 1854 - by D. N. Jatia, RDP
• The Classics of India -by G. B. Pai
• A Collection of the Catalogue, Statutes & Notices relating to Indian Post Office till end of 19th Century - by G. B. Pai.
The Philatelic Congress of India and the affiliated institutional members have developed Training Programmes and Workshops on different disciplines of Philately. Efforts are underway to develop more advanced programmes, including programmes for the training of apprentice jury.
The Philatelic Congress of India has a large number of experienced philatelists who are FIP / FIAP accredited International, PCI accredited National and State Level jurors. A detailed list of the Jurors is available on our website.
The Philatelic Congress offers Special Awards and Medals at FIP / FIAP International Philatelic Exhibitions.
From time to time, the Philatelic Congress of India organizes Seminars and Workshops on various disciplines of philately in different parts of the country.
The Philatelic Congress of India grants recognition and patronage to the National Philatelic Exhibitions meeting the requisite standards and stipulations.
Apart from the Annual General Body Meeting, the Quarterly Regional Meetings of the PCI are held in different parts of the country to facilitate the members to get involved and know more about philatelic activities, which are usually followed by the Governing Council meetings. A Bi-Annual General Body meeting is held to elect the new Governing Council of the PCI for a term of two years.
Following are the Past Presidents of Philatelic Congress of India