Indian Statistical Institute

Indian Statistical Institute

203 Barrackpore Trunk Road, Kolkata 700108, India

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Indian Statistical Institute

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Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) is an academic institute of national importance as recognised by a 1959 act of the Indian parliament. It grew out of the Statistical Laboratory set up by Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in Presidency College, Kolkata. Established in 1931, this public university of India is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions focused on statistics, and its 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.

Mahalanobis, the founder of ISI, was deeply influenced by wisdom and guidance of Rabindranath Tagore and Brajendranath Seal. Under his leadership, the institute initiated and promoted the interaction of Statistics with natural and social sciences to advance the role of Statistics as a key technology by explicating the twin aspects – its general applicability and its dependence on other disciplines for its own development. 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.


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Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) was once initiated in a small laboratory at the Presidency College,
Calcutta, has now grown into a unique institution of higher learning in India. Over the years ISI has
defined education and research in the field of statistics and related sciences and technologies not
only in India but also around the globe. As a result, the institute has carved its niche in national
development and complements its expertise in the growth of public and private sectors. ISI was and
still is a unique institution, inspiring the formation of several other Institutes and departments
world - wide. In tune with the logo of the Institute , the Banyan tree with its myriad roots, and
our motto "Bhinneshvaikasya Darshanam" or Unity in Diversity, ISI has become the cradle of
development in statistics, mathematics, computer science, social sciences, Physics and earth
sciences, biological sciences, library science and quality control and reliability, and their real-life

ISI has been successful in attracting talented young minds, both as students and faculties. ISI
members are conducting cutting-edge fundamental as well as applied research.The faculty members
engage in meaningful application-driven research projects with both government and non - government
organizations.The Institute has always had the services of a dedicated and internationally renowned
team of faculty members, and an equally strong and successful group of alumni that we can be
rightfully proud of. Today when the world is actively pursuing research in big and deep data, health
care and socio-economic planning, we are uniquely poised to take on these challenges and be world

Overall, it has been a very satisfying journey of more than eight decades. I strongly believe that
with the active cooperation of the entire ISI family – the students, faculties, workers and alumni and
with the support of the Government, the institute will attain greater heights of glory.

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