Today is National Statistical Day

In recognition of the notable contributions made by Professor (late) Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of statistics and economic planning, Government of India has designated 29th June every year, coinciding with his birth anniversary, as “Statistics Day” in the category of Special Days to be celebrated at the national level.

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Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

In recognition of the notable contributions made by Professor (late) Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of statistics and economic planning, Government of India has designated 29th June every year, coinciding with his birth anniversary, as “Statistics Day” in the category of Special Days to be celebrated at the national level. The objective of this Day is to create public awareness, specially in the younger generation for drawing inspiration from Professor (late) Mahalanobis about the role and importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation.

This year, the main event of Statistics Day, 2022 is being organized through physical-cum-virtual mode. The theme of Statistics Day, 2022 is ‘Data for Sustainable Development’.

National Statistics Day is a day observed in India to honour the scientist and statistician Prof. P C Mahalanobis on his birthday and to raise awareness among the youth about the use of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy making.

He founded the Indian Statistical Institute and contributed to the design of large- scale sample surveys. For his contributions, Mahalnobis has been considered the Father of modern statistics in India.

In 2007, the first National Statistics Day was established.