29th June: National Statistics Day

To popularize the use of Statistics in everyday life, every year 29th June is celebrated as the National Statistics Day. The day 29th June was chosen to acknowledge the invaluable contributions made by Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in establishing the National Statistical System. 29th June is the birth anniversary of Prof. P.C Mahalanobis.

National Statistics Day was celebrated first in the year 2007. World Statistics Day is celebrated on October 20th every year.

Theme of National Statistics Day 2020

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)

Aim of the Day

The day is being celebrated to sensitize the citizens of the country as to how Statistics helps in shaping and framing policies. Statistics helps us in presenting a result much effectively through correct analyses and the proper methods for collecting the data.

Prof. P C Mahalanobis

Recipient of Padma Vibhushan in 1968 Prof P.C Mahalanobis’s contribution in the field of Statistics is recognized all over the world. He served as the Chairman of the United Nations Sub Commission on Statistical Sampling from 1947 to 1951.

In 1931, Prof. P C Mahalanobis founded the ISI-Indian Statistical Institute (ISI formally registered in April 1932). Post Independence, a comprehensive socio-economic national sample survey was designed and planned by ISI, for this survey-the National Sample Survey (NSS) was established by him in the year 1950. To date, for the collection of sample surveys in the country, NSS is the premier agency of the Indian Government.