Department of Statistics


Brief History

The Department of Statistics is the oldest among its counterparts in this country and is one of the pioneering departments in the world in introducing Statistics as a separate and distinct discipline of study. It was created in 1941 in co-operation with Indian Statistical Institute and Presidency college,
Calcutta, with professor P.C. Mahalanobis as the Honourary Head. This opened up, for the first time in India, facilities for the full-fledged training on the theory and application of statistics.
Beginning its journey in July 1941 at Presidency college premises, the Department shifted to Ashutosh Building of the College Street Campus of the University in 1945 and subsequently to its present location in the Ballygunge Science College Campus in 1964. From a modest beginning, the Department has over the last six decades had a phenomenal expansion. It has continuously produced illustrious students who have occupied important and prestigious positions in institutions and organizations across the world.
The strength of the Department, however, lies in its continual search for excellence and for its endeavour to adapt itself to the changing scenario of Statistics as a subject and to keep abreast with the best in the emerging fields. The Department celebrated its Golden Jubilee during December 27-28, 1991and its Diamond Jubilee during December 30, 2001- January 1, 2002.



35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata - 700 019
Phone: 2461 4712 (Extn. 410)



Courses Offered

Level of Study
Cut-off Mark at entry
Intake Capacity
M.Sc. (2 years)
P.G 40% in B.Sc. (Hons.)
M. Phil. in Computer Applications of Statistics Post P.G. 50% in M.Sc. (Statistics) 12
Ph.D. Research M.Sc. in Statistics

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Faculty Members

Name Specialisation
Samindranath Sengupta Sample Survey
+91-33-24000750 (R)
Nripesh Kumar Mandal Design of Experiments
+91-33-25568371 (R)
Uttam Bandyopadhyay Nonparametric Inference

+91-33-24773356 (R)
+91-9836115319 (M),
Manisha Pal Operations Research

+91-33-24252143 (R)
+91-9830584280 (M),
Asis Kumar Chattopadhyay Demography

+91-9831985850 (M),
Kalyan Das Parametric Inference

+91-33-24114836 (R)
+91-9433027888 (M),
Sugata Sen Roy Time Series Analysis
Tathagata Banerjee Nonparametric Inference

Gaurangadeb Chattopadhyay Parametric Inference

+91-3174-255474 (R)
+91-9474027474 (M),
Bhaswati Ganguli Biostatistics +91-33-25334517 (R)
Arindam Sengupta Probability Theory +91-9433590336 (M)

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Research Areas

Major thrust areas in which Research activities are being actively pursued :

Statistical inference - Parametric & Nonparametric

Design of Experiments

Sample Surveys

Probability Theory & Stochastic Processes

Time Series Analysis

Operations Research

Reliability Theory



 Statistical Computing

Ongoing Research Project

Funding Agency
Principal/Co-principal Investigator
Investigators external to the department
Collaborating Institute
M. Pal
N. K. Mandal
Regression Designs
Bikas K. Sinha (ISI, Kolkata) P. Das
Kalyani University )
(Major Project)
A. K. Chattopadhyay
Globular Clusters and Galaxy Formation
Tanuka Chattopadhyay
( S. D. B. College , Howrah )
B. Ganguli
Dose Response Modeling in Epidemiologic Studies
Harvard University

Health Effects Institute, Boston USA
B. Ganguli S. Sen Roy
Short term effects of exposure to particulate matter in Chennai
Sri Ramakarishna
Medical College,
S. Sen Roy
Education, Human Capital and Urban
Employment in West Bengal– Emerging Trends and Future Prospects
Department of Economics,
Calcutta University

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Externally Funded Programmes 

The department receives a grant in aid from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, through the FIST programme. It has also successfully conducted three phases of the DRS programme funded by the University Grants Commission and the proposed next phase is currently under review. The funds received are mainly disbursed towards development of infrastructure.

Library and Computing Facilities 

  The departmental library contains over 7000 books in Statistics and related areas and 20 journals are subscribed for. Online access to the archived journal article database JSTOR is available in the department. There are four well-equipped computer laboratories in the department with currently about 40 computer machines (including those used by the faculty, Office and Library) and several printers. Barring a few, most of the computers are connected through local networking. About a half of these have internet facility. The statistical packages available include MINITAB, STATISTICA, S-PLUS, SPSS, MATLAB and MATHEMATICA. A high-end Sunblade workstation has recently been acquired.



Affiliated Societies and Journals

Since its inception in 1945, the Calcutta Statistical Association (CSA) has been closely associated with the department and its journal, the Bulletin of the CSA, draws largely upon the resources of the department for its functioning. The department runs two other journals; namely, the Transactions of the Indian Association for Productivity, Quality and Reliability (IAPQR), and Stochastic Modeling and Applications. In conjunction with CSA, the department hosts and jointly organizes the Triennial Calcutta International Symposium on Probability and Statistics, the sixth edition of which was held during December 29-31, 2006 . A large number of renowned statisticians from India and abroad traditionally attend the symposia programs and the sixth Triennial was no exception.


External Website of the Department

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