National Statistics Day is celebrated on June 29 across the country to commemorate the birth anniversary of Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, the father of Indian Statistics,who was a world-renowned statistician whose invaluable contributions led to the establishment of National Statistical System in India. This year the day will be celebrated virtually due to the pandemic outbreak.
The theme this year for the day is Sustainable Development Goals is “Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all and Sustainable Development and ‘Achieving gender equality and empowering all women”.
PC Mahalanobis widely popular for Mahalanobis theory was born on June 29, 1893, in West Bengal. Mahalanobis studied at Brahmo Boys School after which he joined Presidency College in Calcutta. His contributions are massive in academic as the founder and builder of the Indian Statistical Institute. Known as the organizer of the Indian statistical system, was a pioneer in the applications of statistical techniques practically and is the architect of India’s Second Five Year Plan.
Mahalanobis has been one of the first members of the planning commission of India. He as a statistician had designed large scale sample surveys for the commission and the country. He was appointed to keep the accounts of land and land revenue of Mahal of ancient Bengal. They knew him as Nauvice which in Persian means scribe of Mahal, so his surname “Mahalanobis” came into being.
This year the celebration would be through a video conference will be held. Professor Bimal Roy, Chairman of National Statistical Commission, Dr Preeti Sudan, secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Sanghamitra Bandhopadhyay, Director Indian Statistical Institute, International participants from UN Women, UN ESCAP, and others will be joining the video call to mark the day.