About The Department
The Department of Statistics of the erstwhile Presidency College, now University, is one of the oldest departments in the country and perhaps also in Asia. The undergraduate course of the department started way back in 1944, under the command of the great P. C. Mahalanobis, also hailed as one of the greatest statisticians in the world. This was at a time when Statistics as a distinct course was quite unknown in many American universities. Since then the department has produced illustrious scholars, academicians and statisticians who have achieved tremendous fame in India and abroad. Mention should be made of the illustrious trio of statistical education in India – Prof. A. M. Gun, Prof. M. Gupta and Prof. B. Dasgupta, all of whom were first students and later teachers in the department, Prof. R. Mukherjee, Prof. J. K. Ghosh, to name a few.
The performance of the outgoing undergraduate batch (session: 2009-2012) was excellent, with five students pursuing Masters in the Indian Statistical Institute, one in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, one in IIT Bombay, five in Calcutta University (CU) and the remaining six in the post graduate dept. of our University. 17 students appeared for CU Part III exam and 16 secured first class marks. Out of them, Abhishek Sengupta, secured the first rank in the exam among all the students of Calcutta University. Starting with a modest number of five students in the first year, the number of students enrolling in the Masters program increased fourfold to its full capacity of 20 students.
Mr. N. V. Krishna Chaitanya Yerroju, a student of the University of Hyderabad, joined the department as an Assistant Professor on 10/08/2012. The department is proud to have this young and dynamic teacher as one among its faculty.