Stats hub at Tezpur varsity
- Tie-up with Indian Statistical Institute
Guwahati, Nov. 18: The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) will soon open its doors in the Northeast, making it possible for students of the subject in the region to realise their dream of studying at the institute.
A memorandum of agreement will be signed between the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, and Tezpur University on Sunday at the Circuit House here.
The agreement will be signed by the director of ISI Calcutta, Bimal Kumar Roy, and Tezpur University vice-chancellor Mihir Kumar Chaudhuri in the presence of Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is the chairman of the Council of the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, and chief minister Tarun Gogoi.
Sources said ISI authorities visited numerous university campuses in the Northeast before selecting Tezpur University for starting the centre.
The state government has identified a 20-acre plot of land near the university to set up a full-fledged centre of the institute.
A senior academician of North Eastern Hill University (Nehu) has been selected to run the ISI centre. Recruitment for other posts is under way.
An official at Tezpur University said, “We are happy that the university has been chosen as the ISI centre in the Northeast and will endeavour to provide all facilities.”
The university does not offer any degree in statistics at present but offers a degree in mathematical sciences with a paper on statistics.
Tezpur University was established by an act of Parliament in 1994.
Its objective, as envisaged in its statute, is to strive to offer employment-oriented and inter-disciplinary courses to meet regional and national aspirations. It also aims to offer courses and promote research in areas having special and direct relevance to the region and in the emerging areas of science and technology. In the process, it aims to develop Assam.
The ISI is devoted to the research, teaching and application of statistics, natural sciences and social sciences.
Founded by P.C. Mahalanobis in Calcutta on December 17, 1931, it gained the status of an institution of national importance by an act of Parliament in 1959.
Its headquarters is located on a sprawling 30-acre estate on the Barrackpore Trunk Road (BT Road) in the Baranagore suburb of greater Calcutta.
It has two teaching centres in Delhi and Bangalore, besides offices in seven places in the country.
Research in statistics and related disciplines is the primary activity of the institute. It holds classes mainly in Calcutta, Delhi and Bangalore. Its offices located in other cities of the country are primarily engaged in projects and consultancy in statistical quality control and operations research