National Statistics Day

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National Statistics Day

News: June 29, is national ‘Statistics Day’, in ‘recognition of the contributions made by Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, the ‘Plan Man’ of India.

Why is he known as Father of Indian Statistics?
• Mahalanobis believed data to be instrumental in efficient planning for national and human development.
• Mahalanobis established the Statistical Laboratory within the Baker Laboratory at Presidency College.
• In 1933, Mahalanobis founded Sankhyā, the Indian Journal of Statistics.
• Founded the Indian Statistical Institute.
• The World Bank and the United Nations now use the methods pioneered by him.

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