What is the meaning of Square and Triangle boxes in Census Enumeration lists?

December 13, 2015

A square means a pucca house. A triangle means a kuccha house as follows. This time, the census enumerators went from house to house to collect data about each household and were asked to obtain the signature or thumb impression (in the case of illiterate respondents) of the head...

What are the De-facto and De-jure enumeration in Census?

December 13, 2015

An important question pertaining to enumeration that always arises at a Population Census is whether the population should be counted on a de-facto basis i.e. at the place where a person is actually found on the reference date of the census or on a de-jure basis i.e., count a...

What are the ‘Canvasser’ method and ‘householder’ method of enumeration?

December 13, 2015

‘Canvasser’ and the ‘Householder’ methods are the two recognised methods of census enumeration. Under the ‘Canvasser’ method the enumerator approaches every household and records the answer on the schedules himself after ascertaining the particulars from the head of the household or other knowledgeable persons in the  This is followed...

When was first Census conducted in India?

December 13, 2015

The earliest references of Census in India can be traced back to the Mauryan period in Kautilaya’s ‘Arthashastra’ (321-296 BC) and later during the Mughal period in the writings of Abul Fazl (1595-96) in the ‘Ain-e-Akbari’.  Census, in its present scientific form was conducted non-synchronously between 1865 and 1872...