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Jaipur institute observes National Statistics Day
In Jaipur an interaction was organized on the use of non-parametric statistics for action research among the science faculty members on the occasion of the 9th National Statistics Day (NSD) on June 29. The observance commemorated the birth anniversary of late Prof. P. C. Mahalanobis, one of the lead statistician of the country.
The theme for this year's celebration being "Social Development" and education being a social process, it was decided to talk about the quick-to-use and simple non-parametric statics for classroom practitioners to draw contextual decisions and self-reflect to improve practice.

Also, a message of the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of the observance was shared, which went like this: "An informed decision making system based on robust statistics on social sectors like health, education, poverty, employment, social backwardness, housing and environment, will pave the way for holistic development of India."

The practical exercise of giving weightings to the five aspects of cognitive development of students was worked by the faculty as simple applied statistics at Parishkar College of Global Excellence in the city by participation of seven faculty members.

The weightages worked out for comprehension, analysis, creativity, active memory and evaluation were decided about statistically which came out be 40, 20, 20, 10 and 10 per cent respectively at the degree level. These weightings were used for their inclusion in the instructional innovation to be developed in the institution for which learning material is going to be developed shortly.

It is noteworthy that Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893 - 1972) was an Indian Bengali scientist and applied statistician, best remembered for formulating the Mahalanobis distance measure.

He founded the Indian Statistical Institute and contributed to the design of large-scale sample surveys for research and to inform the government to take realistic developmental and economic decisions.

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