Friday, 30 June 2017

11th Statistics Day celebrated

President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attends the birth anniversary celebrations of Prof. Mahalanobis in Kolkata

“Statistics Day” in the category of Special Days is celebrated every year at the National level.
In recognition of the notable contributions made by Late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of statistics, statistical system and economic planning, Government of India in 2007, designated 29thJune the birth anniversary of Prof. Mahalanobis. as the “Statistics Day” in the category of Special Days to be celebrated every year at the National level.

The objective of celebration of this Day is to create public awareness about the importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation, to acknowledge the contribution of Prof. Mahalanobis and to pay homage to him. Every year, one particular theme of current national importance is selected for focused discussions and efforts made throughout the year aimed at bringing about improvements in the selected area.

‘Administrative Statistics’ is this year’s theme for the Statistics Day. Administrative Statistical system needs to be further strengthened as it is both cost and time effective, reduces the dependence on censuses and sample surveys. Administrative data are available at all the levels of Government, i.e., the Centre, the States and Local Bodies. Proper compilation of these data at different levels can lead to regular flow of data through monthly and short term information, thus strengthening good governance. Therefore, the selected theme is of great importance. It will remain a focus area for Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and States’ Directorates of Economics and Statistics for this year.

The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) was set up by Prof. Mahalanobis in 1931 in Kolkata. The Institute was declared an “Institute of National Importance” and made an autonomous body of Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, through an act of Parliament in 1959. ISI celebrates 29th June as the “Workers Day”. This year, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation and ISI had a joint event on 29th June in Kolkata to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prof. Mahalanobis. President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Among the dignitaries who participated in the event included Shri Keshari NathTripathi, Governor of West Bengal, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Hon’ble Union Minister of Statisitcs & Programme Implementation, Dr. R B Barman, Chairman, National Statistical Commission (NSC),Dr. Vijay Kelkar, President, ISI, Prof. Govardhan Mehta, Chairman, ISI Council and Dr. TCA Anant, Chief Statistician of India and Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Professor K.VijayRaghavan, FRS and Professor M.S. Raghunathan, FRS and Professor Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Director, ISI.

29th June, 2017 marks the beginning of the 125th year of birth of Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis. ISI is having year-round celebrations which will culminate in a function to be held on 29th June, 2018 on the 125th birth anniversary of Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis. On the occasion of 11th Statistics Day, the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Shri D.V.Sadananda Gowda, inaugurated a exhibition on Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis in Mahalanobis Bhawan, Baranagar, Kolkata.

A Brochure on 11th Statistics Day and Key Indicators of Unincorporated Non-agricultural Enterprises (excluding construction) in India were released by Chairman, NSC; Secretary (S&PI) and Director, ISI.

Winners of “On the Spot Essay Writing Competition” for Post Graduate Students in Statistics of recognized universities/institutions at all India level, to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis were also felicitated


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