National statistics day

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To popularise the use of statistics in everyday life, every year 29 June is observed as National Statistics Day.

  • 29 June was chosen to honour the contribution made by Prof. Prashant Chandra Mahalanobis in establishing the National Statistical System.

  • June 29 is the birth anniversary of Pro. P.C. Mahalanobis.

  • National Statistics Day was celebrated for the first time in the year 2007.

  • World Statistics Day is celebrated on 20 October.

  • Purpose of the day

  • The day is being observed to make the citizens of the country aware of how statistics helps in shaping and formulating policies.

  • Statistics helps us to present the results effectively through proper analysis and proper methods of data collection.

  • About Pro. PC Mahalanobis -

  • Mahalanobis was born in Kolkata in the year 1893.

  • Mahalanobis established the 'Indian Statistical Institute' in Calcutta in 1931.

  • Pro. Mahalanobis has also played an important role in Indian planning. His planning model is a very popular model and was the basis of India's Second Five Year Plan (1956–61).

  • He was the chairman of the United Nations Deputy Commission on Statistical Sampling from 1947 to 1951.

  • In 1968, Mahalanobis was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian award, for his outstanding contribution to the service of the nation and science.

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