Academic Department University Of Calcutta


Year of Establishment : 1941

History of the department : The postgraduate Department of Statistics started functioning from July, 1941 with Prof. P.C.  Mahalanobis as the Head of the Department and Profs. R.C. Bose and S.N. Roy as regular faculty members. Housed in the College Street campus of the University and having a bare minimum of physical facilities, it became the first full-fledged department in Asia offering a post-graduate degree in Statistics.

Among six students of the first batch who completed their post-graduation from the Department were Prof. H.K. Nandi and Prof. C.R. Rao, the two illustrious sons of the Department, who were destined to become leading researchers in statistics in the coming decades. From this inception the Department set a very high standard of teaching and research. Illustrious teachers and researchers like Professors P.K. Bose, H.K. Nandi, A. Bhattacharya, B.N. Ghosh, M.N. Ghosh, C.R. Rao and K.R. Nair figured in the list of faculty members in the first decade of its existence. Fundamental contributions to different fields of Statistics made by them during this period earned a tremendous reputation for the Department as a breeding ground of top quality statisticians.

The Department is still considered to be one of the best Statistics Department in the country in terms of its research output, curriculum, teaching and student quality. Its curricula serve as models to the other universities. It is the first department in the country to design two new courses a few years back viz. ‘statistics for development’ and ‘evolution of statistical concepts’ and later these were introduced  in the M.Sc. syllabus. The students of the department have been consistently doing well in the Indian Statistical Service Examination conducted by UPSC and Ph.D. entrance tests like NET, GATE.

The Department had switched its M.Sc. course from the annual to the semester system from the academic session 2010–2011. A review of the syllabus was made in 2012-2013 (after 3 years) and a new syllabus introduced from the 2013-2014 session. Currently the number of elective papers offered in the 3rd semester is 3 while a module of special modules consisting of 3 papers are offered in the 4th semester. In accordance with the thrust area, the elective papers offered are as varied as Analysis, Probability Theory, Bayesian Analysis, Operation Research, Econometrics, Demography, Development Statistics and Advanced Sample Survey while the special modules offered include Statistical Inference, Biostatistics, Industrial Statistics, Economic Statistics, Astrostatistics and Advanced Design of Experiments.

The strength of the Department, however, lies in its continual search for excellence and for its endeavour to adapt itself to the changing scenario of Statistics as a subject and to keep abreast with the best in the emerging fields.

Special award/ recognition from UGC or related statutory body:

  • The Department enjoyed two phases of the DRS and one of DSA under the UGC-SAP scheme; currently the 2nd phase of DSA is on.
  • The FIST programme of DST was implemented during 2005-2010.
  • The Department received support from the COSIST programme of UGC during 1991-1996.


Faculty Members
Name Designation Area of specialisation Email/Phone number
Arindam Sengupta
Professor Probability, Asymptotics
Asis Kumar Chattopadhyay
Professor Stochastic Modelling, Demography, Operations Research, Astrostatistics
Sugata Sen Roy
Professor Time Series Analysis, Regression Analysis, Econometrics, Survival Analysis, Development Statistics
Bhaswati Ganguli
Professor Biostatistics, Smoothing and spatial statistics, R,
Gaurangadeb Chattopadhyay
Professor Statistical Inference,
Rahul Bhattacharya
Professor and HOD Statistical Inference, Biostatistics, Statistics in physical sciences,

Visiting faculty members :

Name Institutions attached with Period of appointment
Jyotirmoy Sarkar Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA June 13-July 24, 2016
Narinder Kumar Panjab University, Chandigarh April 25-27, 2016
Dilip C. Nath Gauhati University, Assam April 25-26, 2016
Asha Gopalkrishnan Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kerala March 27-31, 2016
Suman Majumdar University of Connecticut, Stamford, USA January 1-15, 2016

In addition, the following guest faculty are presently (2015-16) involved in teaching parts of the Ph.D., M. Phil. & M.Sc. programmes:

  • Prof. S. P. Mukherjee (former Centenary Professor, University of Calcutta – Ph.D. & M. Phil.)
  • Dr. Asis Chakraborty (Indian Statistical Institute – M. Phil.)
  • Dr. Samir Sadhukhan (Indian Institute of Mangement – M. Phil.)
  • Dr. Tanuka Chattopadhyay (University of Calcutta –M. Sc.)

Courses :

Programme Level of study Eligibilitv Intake capacity
M.Sc. in Statistics Postgraduate B.Sc. (Statistics Honours)/B.Stat. 38 (current)
M. Phil. in Statistics and Computing Postgraduate, post-M.Sc. M. Sc. in Statistics 10
Ph.D. Postgraduate, post-M.Sc. M. Sc. in Statistics/equivalent 96


Research Scholars :
Name Research topic Name of the supervisor Date of registration
Kuntal Bakuli Some contributions to the study of queuing models with bulk service and bulk arrival Manisha Pal 28.7.2014
Souvik Bandopadhyay   Bhaswati Ganguli  
Biswajit Basak   Gaurangadeb Chattopadhyay  
Joydeep Basu   Uttam Bandyopadhyay  
Samopriyo Basu   Arindam Sengupta  
Tuhinsubhra Bhattacharya Asymptotics for the Likert type scale and influence on multidimensional problems with applications Arindam Sengupta  
Amrita Biswas Robust experimental designs Nripes Kumar Mandal; Premadhis Das (Kalyani U, Jt. Supervisor) 14.11.2011
Bratati Chakraborty On growth curve analysis and related statistical problems incorporating biological and ecological issues Asis Kumar Chattopadhyay;
Ayanendranath Basu (ISI, Jt. Supervisor)
Parthasarathi Chakrabarti Some tests based on discrete responses for patterned alternatives Uttam Bandyopadhyay 19.1.2012
Saurabh Chakrabarti Underemployment and some related socio-economic factors   20.2.2009
Sujan Chandra Some inventory models with discount on backorders Manisha Pal 14.11.2011
Debojit Chatterjee Generalized Behrens-Fisher problems Uttam Bandyopadhyay 28.8.2013
Moumita Chatterjee A study of the survival functions of two alternately occurring recurrent events Sugata Sen Roy; Bhaswati Ganguli (Jt. Supervisor)  
Suryasish Chatterjee Nonparametric crossover designs Uttam Bandyopadhyay 28.8.2013
Sarmistha Das On statistical method of data integration and multi-loci genetic association study Aditya Chattopadhyay; Indranil Mukhopadhyay (ISI, Jt. Supervisor) 3.12.2015
Tuli De (Ghosh) Statistical analysis of data related to formation evolution and classification of galaxies Asis Kumar Chattopadhyay 17.10.2011
Ankita Dey Studies on Latent class analysis and related models Sugata Sen Roy; Dignata Mukherjee (ISI, Jt. Supervisor) 14.9.2015
Sanjoy Kumar Ghosh   Manisha Pal  
Anup Kumar Giri   Asis Kumar Chattopadhyay  
Sanjib Kumar Gupta Some issues of bivariate reliability analysis in the context of two dimensional warranty policy Aditya Chattopadhyay; Debashis Bhattacharyya (VBU, Jt. Supervisor) 30.8.2013
Samrat Hore Design issues related to allocation of experimental units with known covariates Aditya Chattopadhyay; Anup Dewanji (ISI, Jt. Supervosor)  
Sibsankar Karan


Uttam Bandyopadhyay  
Harekrishna Maity Some problems in inventory management with price inflation Manisha Pal  
Soumita Modak Uncovering astrophysical phenomena related to galaxies and other objects through statistics science. Asis Kumar Chattopadhyay 14.10.2014
Taranga Mukherjee Designing adaptive allocations with circular data Rahul Bhattacharya 4.9.2015
Soumalya Mukhopadhyay On developing statistical methodologies for comparing growth rates and growth curves under various modeling structures. Aditya Chatterjee (Jt. Supervisor); Sabyasachi Bhattacharya (ISI) 2.1.2014
Jhantu Pal Some problems in inventory management with trade credit Manisha Pal 16.9.2013
Sambasiva Rao Pasupuleti Study on fertility pattern of Indian woman cohorts through growth curves and regression models Asis Kumar Chattopadhyay  
Moumita Roy On multivariate directional probability distributions: statistical inference and emerging applications Asis Kumar Chattopadhyay  
Anwesha  Samanta Some inventory models for non-instantaneous deteriorating  items Manisha  Pal 29.8.2013
Pritam Sarkar   Uttam Bandyopadhyay  
Debjit Sengupta Contributions to inference on count data Gaurangadeb Chattopadhyay 17.11.2014

Madhumita  Shome

Two stage adaptive allocations in clinical trials and the related inference

 Rahul Bhattacharya


Abhik Sinha   Uttam Bandyopadhyay  
Abisa Sinha   Asis Kumar Chattopadhyay  
Projects :
Proiect title Funding agency Principal investigator Duration
Study of galaxy formation through associated bulges, IGIMF  and globular clusters Department of Science and Technology (Major Research Project) Prof. Asis K. Chattopadhyay (co-PI) 2014-16
E-PG pathsala to develop post-graduate level e-course in Statistics University Grants Commission Prof. Bhaswati Ganguli (PI),
Sugata Sen Roy (co-PI)
A survey of barriers to re-entry of ex-prisoners into society with particular focus on employer attitudes and factors precipitating/protective against recidivism Institute of  Development Studies, Kolkata Prof. Bhaswati Ganguli 2014-16
Collaborations :
Title of the programme Principal collaborator of the department Name and address of the collaborating institution Principal collaborator of the collaborating institution Duration of the programme
The application of functional data analytic techniques for modelling gait funded by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa Prof. Bhaswati Ganguli (Principal Biostatistician) University of Stellenbosch, SA   2015-16
Indo-French (IFCAM) Project on “Statistical Modelling in Astronomy” Prof.  Asis K. Chattopadhyay (PI)     2015-2017
Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department / centre :
  • Statistical Inference
  • Statistical Methods
  • Bio-Statistics
  • Application of Statistics in Social Sciences, Economics and Industry
  • Statistics in Physical Science
  • Statistical Computing
Major activities :

Students’ placement :

  • M.Sc. students are placed through campus interviews to the extent of 90%. Some recent recruiters include Mu Sigma, Bridge i2i, Nielsen, Barclays, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services, Cytel Inc., Genpact, Novartis, HSBC, Bridgetree Research Services (P) Ltd., and ICICI Lombard.

International conferences

  • In collaboration with Calcutta Statistical Association, the Department organizes a series of Triennial International Symposia on Probability and Statistics every third year, the ninth edition of which took place in December 2015 (see for details)
  • The Department is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee year in 2016 with an International Conference on Applications of Statistics during December 21-23, 2016 (
Links :

Statistics Departments of Indian Universities in Outside West Bengal :

Statistical Software Packages :

Additional information :

  • The Department participates in the Industry-academia partnership programme on Analytics between Genpact and CU (2015-2017) whereby selected M.Sc. students receive training in the form of lectures, workshops, visits to premises etc.
  • The current syllabi are available at


Campus : Taraknath Palit Shiksha Prangan (Ballygange Campus)

Address for communication : Department of Statistics, University of Calcutta, 35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata - 700019, West Bengal, India