National Statistics day : Theme,history and Solved questions

National Statistics day

National Statistics Day is celebrated on June 29 on the birth anniversary of late Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis. Often referred to as the ‘father of Indian statistics‘. Mahalanobis was born on June 29, 1893, in Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal.

Why was celebrated National Statistics Day ?

The Day is celebrated to create awareness among youth about the role of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation. The Day to popularize the use of Statistics in everyday life and sensitize the public as to how Statistics helps in shaping and framing policies.

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Theme of National Statistics Day
  • The theme of National Statistics Day 2021 is End Hunger, Achieve Food Security and Improved Nutrition and Promote Sustainable Agriculture  (Sustainable Development Goal or SDG 2 of the UN) is the theme of this year’s National Statistics Day.
  • The theme of National Statistics Day 2020 was SDG- 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) & SDG- 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). 
  • In 2019 the theme of Statistics Day was “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
History of National Statistics Day

National Statistics Day was first celebrated on 29th June 2007. The Government of India decided to celebrate the outstanding contribution made by Late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the field of economic planning and statistical development and hence mark his birth anniversary as ‘National Statistics Day‘.

National Statistics Day 2021: celebration

This year the Chief Guest of the event is Rao Inderjit Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of MoSPI and Ministry of Planning. Prof Bimal Kumar Roy, National Statistical Commission (NSC), Dr G P Samanta, Chief Statistician of India and Secretary, MoSPI, Prof Sanghamitra Bandyapadhyay, Director, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Pietro Gennari, Chief Statistician, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN, Resident Coordinator are also scheduled to address the participants on the occasion of Statistics Day.

During the event the Prof. P.C. Mahalanob is National Award winner, 2021 will be felicitated. During the event, this year, the winners of Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis National Award in Official Statistics, 2021 and Prof C. R. Rao National Award for Young Statistician, 2021 will be announced.

The winners of ‘On the Spot Essay Writing Competition, 2021’ for Post Graduate Students on the subject relevant to statistics organized at All India level will also be felicitated. 

Who is Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis ?

Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis is known as the father of Indian Statistics. He was born on 29 June 1893, an Indian statistician and scientist.

He devised a measure of comparison between two data sets that are now known as the Mahalanobis distance. He was a member of the planning commission(1956-61) and he gave a two-sector Input-output model for the Second Five Year Plan which later became known as the Nehru-Mahalanobis model. He founded Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in December 1931 in Kolkata. Those are Padma Vibhushan (1968), Weldon Memorial Prize from the University of Oxford (1944), Fellow of the Royal Society, London(1945).

Important Solved questions for all competitive exams
  1. Who celebrated as National Statistics Day?
    Ans. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis
  2. What is the theme of National Statistics Day 2020?
    Ans. “Good Health and Well Being and Gender Equality”, is the theme for National Statistics Day 2020.
  3. When was the first National Statistics Day celebrated?
    Ans. The National Statistics Day was first celebrated on 29th June 2007.
  4. What is the meaning of statistics?
    Ans. Statistics is the study and manipulation of data, including ways to gather, review, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  5. Who is the father of world statistics?
    Ans. Karl Pearson
  6. Who is the mother of statistics?
    Ans. Florence Nightingale
  7. When was First National Statistics Day celebrated?
    Ans. 29th June 2007

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