Indian Statistical Institute to set up Northeast centre
The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) will set up its fifth centre in the northeast region and start academic activities in its two-year old Chennai centre by next year.
Either Imphal or Itanagar will be the location of the new ISI centre and a final decision in this regard will be taken after examining all aspects and talking to the state governments concerned, the new director of ISI, Prof Bimal Kumar Roy, said here today.
"About 10 acres of land is required for the centre. A team will be sent to Imphal and Itanagar soon to talk to the Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh governments respectively over the project. After the team submits a report, the final decision will be taken," Roy, who took charge yesterday, told reporters.
After approval of the Council, the highest decision making body of the ISI, the project would be officially announced by November, he said.
"In the Northeast, only some short-term workshops had been organised earlier by the ISI. And now we are planning a consolidated programme for the region," he said.
"Initially we will begin from a temporary accommodation from where training programmes will be run in three disciplines – official statistics, statistical methods, and computer application." 'Official statistics' will exclusively be for government officials who deal with statistical data while the other two will cater to the students as well, Roy said, adding the duration of the training programmes will be between a week and three months.
"We hope to start functioning from the NE centre from May-June, next year. Later, when we have our own campus, say within two years, we will begin an M.Stat programme with emphasis on application of the subject, primarily catering to the students of the NE region," Roy said.
This will be ISI’s fifth centre after Kolkata (headquarter), New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.
The Chennai centre was opened two years ago, but there was practically no academic activity, except some training programmes, Roy said.
"Academic activities in the Chennai centre will hopefully start by summer next year."
In the southern metropolis, the ISI has a large office premise, but a full-fledged academic curriculum could not be pursued from there.
"Like in the Northeast, we will start from a place temporarily. Later we will shift to our own place when it will be ready," he said.Roy will also send a team to Chennai to scout for land and talk to government officials.
He said he also has a plan to set up a centre in western India too where ISI does not have a prominent presence."But this would be done only after the Northeast and Chennai centres become operational."
Roy was an ISI student in 1974 and obtained B.Stat degree four years later. He joined the institute as a lecturer in 1984 after doing his PhD in Combinatorics from the University of Waterloo, Canada.