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National Statistics Day: Date, theme, history, significance and more

National Statistics Day is celebrated on June 29 to recognize the contributions of PC Mahanalobis

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Studio./Dec.’51, A22a(v) “Our Distinguished Guests”-Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis Statistical Adviser (Hony). Tot he Central Cabinet. He is as the Prime Minister put it recently “ the presiding genius of Indian Statistics”. Ofunder of the Indian Statistical Institute, he has been the organizer and originator as well as sponsor of several important statistical undertaking recently conducted by the Government of India.

National Statistics Day is celebrated on June 29 every year to recognize the contributions of PC Mahanalobis. It is not be confused with World Statistics Day, which is a UN-designated day and is celebrated on October 20 every 5 years. 

History: 

Indian government designated 29th June as National Statistics Day in recognition of the contributions made by Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of statistics and economic planning on June 5, 2007. The first National Statistics Day was celebrated on June 29, 2007 and it has been celebrated on the same day since then. 

Professor Mahalanobis was part of the first planning commission of India and was instrumental in establishing the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in 1931. 

Theme:

The theme of this year's Statistics Day is Alignment of State Indicator Framework with National Indicator Framework for Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals

Significance: 

The significance of Statistics Day is to create public awareness in the young generation about the role and importance of statistics in strategizing, economic planning and policy formulation. The occasion is celebrated as a reminder to learn from the achievements of Professor Mahalanobis in the field of statistics.

Celebration: 

The Statistics Day 2023 event is being held at the Scope Convention Centre, Scope Complex, Lodhi Road in New Delhi. The Chief Guest of the event is Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Rao Inderjit Singh. 

Quotes on Statistics: 

Data is the sword of the 21st century, those who wield it well, the Samurai – Jonathan Rosenberg

Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary a qualification for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write – HG Wells

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think it is much more interesting to live with uncertainty than to live with answers that might be wrong – Richard Feynman

The business of the statistician is to catalyze the scientific learning process – George Box

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Published: 29 Jun 2023, 07:44 AM IST
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