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The foundation for teaching Statistics in the state of Odisha was laid in 1957 by the opening of a Diploma Course in Statistics under the Utkal University. This led to the birth of the first Post Graduate Department of Statistics in the state in 1958. The establishment of the Department could be possible due to the pioneering efforts made by a well-known mathematician and educationist of the state late Professor Bama Charan Das. Late Dr. Chakradhar Mishra, a brilliant mathematician turned statistician and former Director, Bureau of Statistics, Govt. of Odisha was no less instrumental in bringing about growth of the Department since its inception. Late Professor Sadhu Charan Das, an eminent mathematician who was trained at Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and educated at Australian National University, Canberra, Australia had the distinction and privilege of being its first Head. Subsequently, Professor J. Sarangi, who had his Ph.D. from University of Alberta, Canada steered the Department to a new height. Professor A.K.P.C.Swain, late Professor I.S.Rao, Professor L.N.Sahoo, Professor G.Mishra were the distinguished Faculty primarily responsible for leading the Department to its present status. The Department in its 57-year span of existence has enriched the society by producing very distinguished academicians, researchers, administrators, entrepreneurs and so on and so forth.

The mission of the Department of Statistics is to contribute to the overall objectives of Utkal University. Being the premier and oldest department in the state, it has the responsibility to impart excellence in research and education in the statistical science. Also, it aims at disseminating statistical knowledge through teaching, consultancy and outreach programs.

Name : Kunja Bihari Panda
Designation : Reader & HEAD
Qualification : M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.
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Name : Pradip Kumar Tripathy
Designation : Professor
Qualification : M.Sc (Statistics), C.P.S, Ph.D (Statistics)
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Name : Ranjan Kumar Sahoo
Designation : Sr. Lecturer
Qualification : M.PHIL., Ph. D
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Name : Priya Ranjan Dash
Designation : Reader
Qualification : M.Sc., MBA, M.Phil., Ph.D.
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Name : Prafulla Kumar Swain
Designation : Lecturer
Qualification : M.A (B.H.U), PH.D (SUBMITTED)(D.U.)
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  • M.A.
  • M.Sc.
  • M.Phil.
  • Ph.D.
  • M.Tech. (IT)
  • Well-equipped seminal hall with smart class facility.
  • A Seminar Library with a collection of more than 1200 books, Ph.D. and M.Phil. theses for the reference of the students.
  • 24 7 Reading Room Facility
  • Computer Laboratory - The department has a well-equipped computer laboratory having 30 personal computers with software like R, SPSS, C++ and MATLAB. The other facilities such as internet and LCD projectors are also available for students.

The department has a well-equipped computer laboratory having 20 personnel computers with software like R, SPSS, C++ and MATLAB. The other facilities such as internet and LCD projectors are also available for students.

The department has the following achievements in the recent past. Retired Prof. L.N. Sahoo was awarded emeritus fellowship by the UGC. Two students have cleared UGC-NET in the current academic session. Some of our students were also selected for national fellowships (INSPIRE, Rajiv Gandhi Fellowships) and also some were selected to pursue their higher educations in reputed organizations like IIPS (Mumbai), DRDO(New Delhi) and IIT(Bhubaneswar).

Four projects have been submitted by the faculty members recently for providing funds under RUSA scheme.

Activities in the P.G. Dept. of Statistics, 2015-16new

During the academic session 2015 - 2016

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1. 03.07.2015 Seminar talk on "Ranked Set Sampling: Theory and Methods " by Prof. Arun Kumar Sinha, HOD, Statistics, Central University of South Bihar, Patna
2. 24.07.2015 Seminar Talk on "Design and Analysis of Experiments" by Prof. Kishore Sinha, Ex-Prof. in Statistics, Birsha Agricultural University, Ranchi
3. 07.08.2015 Seminar talk on ''Fixed Width Interval Estimation'' by Prof. Debasis Bhattacharya, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan
4 20//11/2015 21/11/2015 Two Days UGC Sponsored Skill Based Workshop on SPSS
5. 08.01.2016 Seminar talk on "Monitoring & Evaluation of Different Programmes" by Mr. Lokanath Sarangi, Special Secretary(Retd), Planning & Coordination, Govt. of Odisha.
6. 10.01.2016 Second Utkal Statistics Alumni Association meet held under the auspices of P.G. Teaching Department of Statistics.

1. 12.01.2016 Seminar Talk on ''Scope of Statistics in India and Abroad with Special Reference to IIMs'' by Prof. P.K. Panigrahi, Professor in Quantitative Techniques, IIM, Indore
2. 29.01.2016 Seminar talk on "Interaction Section" by Miss Smruti Rasmi (Recipient of National Overseas Scholarship Fellowship to pursue her Ph.D. work in Manchester university, UK. )& Mr. Himansu Bhusan Samal (German Government fellowship to pursue his PhD in Humboldt University of Berlin).

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2. 15.10.2015 Seminar talk on "Game Theory" by Sindhusmita Nayak, Third Semester, M.A. in Statistics.
3. 15.10.2015 Seminar talk on "Life Tables and Applications" by Gouri Moharana, Third Semester, M.A. in Statistics.
3. 05.11.2015 Seminar talk on "Micro Economics: The Basics and Life Table" by Mousumi Acharya, Third Semester, M.A. in Statistics.

The department was publishing a Journal entitled SANKHYIKEE. The main purpose of the journal is to publish research papers in theoretical and applied statistics. It also welcomes statistically motivated papers on relevant aspects of probability, econometrics, demography, operations research and other interdisciplinary fields, as well as papers on innovative applications for statistical techniques. Acceptance of papers for publication in SANKHYIKEE lies with the decision of the Editorial Board.

The Department does not have its own Placement Cell. But the students of our department got placed in leading companies through off campus and Utkal University Campus Placement Cell. Our students are placed in different Government sectors by qualifying Indian Statistical Service Examination, State Statistical Service Examination, State Educational Services, etc. Again, some are working in reputed companies like TCS, Wipro, Novartis, GSK Pharma etc,. We are also in constant touch with some other companies, and expecting good response in future

During the academic session 2015 - 2016

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