Founded by Professor P.C. Mahalanobis in Kolkata on 17th December, 1931, the institute gained the status of an Institution of National Importance by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1959.
Here are 12 unique facts about Indian Statistical Institute
1. Indian Statistical Institute grew out of the Statistical Laboratory set up by Prasanta Chandra
Mahalanobis in Presidency College, Kolkata.
2 Indian Statistical Institute is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions focused on statistics.
Picture: Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi
3. The Institute’s early reputation led it to being adopted as a model for the first US institute of Statistics set up at the Research Triangle, North Carolina by Gertrude Mary Cox.
4 The institute is now considered as one of the foremost centres in the world for training and research in Computer science, Statistics, Quantitative Economics and related sciences.
5. Mahalanobis, the founder of ISI, was deeply influenced by wisdom and guidance of Rabindranath Tagore and Brajendranath Seal.
Picture: Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkta
6. Today ISI is engaged in developing the most up–to–date quality management systems and solving critical problems of quality, reliability and productivity.
7 ISI was declared an institute of national importance in 1959, through an act of Indian parliament, Indian Statistical Institute act, 1959.
Picture: Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore
8. According to India Education Review, ISI ranks 386 among the world top universities.
9. The Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata is ranked 2nd in Computer Science research among all universities in India.
10. During 1953 – 1956 distinguished scientists, like Ronald Fisher, Norbert Wiener and visited ISI.
11. The ISI library has over 200,000 volumes of books and journals with a special emphasis on the field of statistics and related studies.
12. The institute has done some pioneering work and research in anthropology and palaeontology. A trove of dinosaur fossils was discovered by a team led by ISI researchers in the early 1960s.
What began as a small room in the Presidency College in 1931, now comprises buildings on several acres of land in four major cities (Calcutta, New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad)! What began with a total annual expenditure of less than Rs. 250 in 1931, now has a total annual expenditure of over Rs.15,000,000! What began in 1931 with a solitary human & computer& working part-time, now comprises over 250 faculty members and over 1,000 supporting staff and several modern-day personal computers, workstations, minicomputers, supermini computers and mainframe computers.