Along with the rest of the country, Arunachal Pradesh also observed the 12th National Statistics Day on Friday across the State with an aim to create awareness among the public about the importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation.
The Directorate of Economics & Statistics observed the day to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of late Prof P C Mahalanobis, the great statistician on Friday along with the nation.
To mark the day, a quiz competition was conducted among the students from various schools.
VKV Chimpu bagged the first prize followed by GHSS Arunodaya and KV No 2 Itanagar.
All the participants were awarded with citations and mementos.
Director of Economics & Statistics, B Megu, while delivering the keynote address, highlighted the contribution made by Prof Mahalanobis towards the country in the field of statistics.
The Director further added that the second five-year plan of India was adopted on Mahalanobis model of economic growth, which worked towards rapid industrialization.
Prof Mahalanobis’s contributions in the field of statistics were instrumental in establishing National Sample Survey and Central Statistical Organization and setting up of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
Notably, in recognition of the remarkable contributions made by late Prof Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of statistics, statistical system and economic planning, the Government of India had in 2007 designated June 29 as the National Statistics Day in the category of Special Days to be observed at the national level every year.