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Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.26, No.2, 2010. pp. 215231

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Official Statistics in India: The Past and the Present

Abstract:
In this article we shall trace the history and evolution of official statistics in India during the British period and immediately after independence. We shall also discuss briefly the teaching and training of statisticians in the country. In particular, the role played by P.C. Mahalanobis, C.R. Rao and P.V. Sukhatme among others, will be highlighted. Next, we shall look into the present scenario in the light of some of the recommendations, released in 2001, of the National Statistical Commission.

Keywords:
Statistical system in British India, Statistical system after Indian independence, Central Statistical Organisation, National Sample Survey, Indian Statistical Institute, Institute of Agricultural Research Statistics, P.C. Mahalanobis, P.V. Sukhatme, C.R. Rao, National Statistical Commission, Gap in theory and practice

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