Department of Statistics

Vision of the Department

The Department of Statistics is committed to providing a range of opportunities that will prepare the students to make a positive and valuable contribution to the society . The department continues to strive for academic excellence by utilizing both technology and contemporary teaching practices to enhance the teaching and learning process.

Keeping in view the importance of the subject and its wide applicability in all branches of Science, engineering and other applied fields, we have prepared a vision document of our department. This includes

  • Statistical Consultancy:- Our department proposes to provide statistical consultancy to all such researchers within and outside the college.
  • Practicals using Statistical software:-Most of the Statistics related work in various organizations is carried out using Statistical software. Our department aims is to equip the students of our department with all the Statistical tools necessary for carrying out any statistical analysis.
  • Earn while you learn scheme:- We propose to include the post graduate students in the consultancy work wherein they will not only get a chance to work with live data but also get an opportunity to earn some money out of the consultancy fee.
  • Department Industry tie up:- As Statistics is widely applied in all industries, we propose to have a department- industry tie up where students will get a chance to work on some live project and learn to handle data.
  • Faculty Exchange program:- To Update their knowledge and interact with fellow faculty members, we regularly invite experts from other universities to visit our department and share their knowledge with us. Our staff members are also be encouraged to visit and interact with faculty members of other institutions.
  • Other co-curricular activities-- Guest lectures ,student competitions and other co-curricular activities are a regular feature of the department.

Brief History

Prof S. S. Shrikhande ,who had disproved one long standing conjecture of Euler was on the staff of the Mathematics Department of the then College of Science from 1942 to1947. Later he went to the University of North Carolina for higher studies. During his stay in USA he realized the importance of Statistics and upon his return, he moved a proposal of starting a separate Department of Statistics. It was due to his dynamic efforts that the Department of Statistics came into existence in July 1955.

The department got further recognition worldwide because of Prof. V. P. Godambe’s outstanding work on unified theory of sampling which he carried out when he headed the department from 1960-1963. Research work got a major boost under Dr. A.B. Buche, Dr. (Ms) V. S. Hege , Dr. M. N. Deshpande etc. Many of the past students of the department are working on prestigious posts in India and abroad. Two of the heads of the department, Prof. M. N. Deshpande and Dr. M. T. Bharambe were elevated to the post of director of our Institute.

At present, the department has six teaching and three nonteaching staff members. Besides the U.G and P.G programs, the department also offers an add on UGC sponsored career oriented certificate course in Statistical Package R.

All the staff members of the department are actively engaged in research through publications. With a team of dedicated staff and enthusiastic students, it is rated as one of the best departments of Institute of Science.

It is matter of great pride that the Department of Statistics celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in the year 2015-16.

List of Past Heads of Department-
Sr. No NAME PERIOD
1 Dr. S.S. Shrikhande 1955-1958
2 Shri. K.S. Rao 1958-1960
3 Dr. V.P. Godambe 1960-1963
4 Dr. .A.P. Buche 1963-1966
5 Dr. (Ms) V.S. Hege 1966-1969
6 Shri. A.D. Kategiri 1969-1972
7 Prof. V.K. Joharapurkar 1972-1992
8 Mrs. M.N. Rao 1992-1995
9 Prof. M.N. Deshpande 1995-2004
10 Dr. M.T. Bharambe 2004-2011
11 Prof. K.S. Bhanu 2011-till date