29TH June- National Statistics Day

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  • National Statistics Day is celebrated on 29th June on the birth anniversary of  Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis.
  • The National Statistics Day is celebrated to create awareness among youth about the role of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation.
  • Professor is also called the father of Indian Statistics and is known for Mahalonobis Theory.
  • Mahalanobis was a pioneer in the applications of statistical techniques practically and is the architect of India’s Second Five Year Plan.
  • Professorcontributions are massive in academic, was a founder and builder of the Indian Statistical Institute in 1931 in Kolkata.
  • Mahalanobis’s most important contributions are related to large scale sample surveys.
  • Professor introduced the concept of pilot surveys and advocated the usefulness of Pilot methods.
  • Mahalanobis devised a statistical method called fractile graphical analysis, used to compare socio-economic conditions of varied groups.
  • Mahalanobis was honoured with many prestigious awards by India as well as foreign countries. One of those are Padma Vibhushan (1968).
  • In 2019, the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) instituted a new award namely Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis National Award in official Statistics.

Mahanolobis died on June 28, 1972, at the age of 78.