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Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)

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Indian Statistical Institute

Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) is a unique non-profit distributing scientific organization institution devoted to the research, teaching and application of statistics, natural sciences and social sciences. 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.

The Headquarter of ISI is located in the northern fringe of the metropolis of Kolkata. Additionally, there are four centres located in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Tezpur. Research in Statistics and related disciplines is the primary activity of the Institute. Teaching activities are undertaken primarily in Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore centres. Offices of the Institute located in several other cities in India are mostly engaged in projects and consultancy in Statistical Quality Control and Operations Research.

The major objectives of the Institute, as given in the Memorandum are

To promote the study and dissemination of knowledge of statistics, to develop statistical theory and methods, and their use in research and practical application generally, with special reference to problems of planning of national development and social welfare.

To undertake research in various fields of natural and social sciences with a view to the mutual development of statistics and these sciences.

To provide for, and undertake, the collection of information, investigation projects and operational research for purposes of planning and the improvement of efficiency of management and production.