Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar appointed chairperson of NSCI
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Prof Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar, retired professor at Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI), has been appointed as part-time chairperson of National Statistical Commission of India (NSCI) for three years.
Prof Karandikar joined CMI as a visiting professor in 2010 and was its director from January 2011 to April 2021.
He is best known for his three decades of work on probability theory, as well as the applications of mathematics and statistics to the real world.
He has designed, supervised and analysed nationwide opinion polls for Indian parliamentary elections as well as state legislatures since 1998.
He was a member of the committee constituted by the Election Commission (EC) of India to advise the EC on the sampling scheme for EVM-VVPAT verification.
National Statistical Commission of India (NSCI)
It was established in 2005 based on the recommendations of the Rangarajan Commission.
The commission was established through an executive order and it works under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
The Rangarajan Commission recommended the establishment of a permanent National Commission on Statistics to serve as a nodal and empowered body for all core statistical activities of the country.
The Commission consists of a part-time Chairperson, four part-time Members, an ex-officio Member and a secretary.
Headquarters - New Delhi
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