C.R.Rao: Statistical genius, teacher, institution-builder
His brilliance lay not just in his contributions to statistical theory but also what he did for its practice
India’s tragedy is that teachers of statistics only produce other teachers of statistics these days, a former head of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) said to me recently, pointing to the rupture between the worlds of official and academic statistics. In contrast, in the early years of the republic, leading statisticians of the day helped build India’s official statistical system. Statistical research in academia in turn was driven by real-life problems encountered in policy-making and industrial operations.