St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), 30 Mother Teresa Sarani Kolkata 700016 West Bengal, India

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Department of Statistics (B.Sc.)

Dr. Durba Bhattacharya (DB) M.Sc., Ph.D.
Head of the department

The inception of the department of Statistics dates back to the late fifties but it was not until the sixties that it took off under the able guidance of Late Prof. N.G. Das, Prof. Arijit Choudhury and Late Prof. U.K. Dasgupta. The department offered only general courses at that time. It was since 1996 that the department started offering both General and Honours courses. Among the many committed teachers who served the department were Prof. Amit Kumar Ghosh (retired in 2012) and Prof. A. M. Goon of Presidency College, who taught here for almost a decade as a visiting faculty.


Majority of the students after completing their graduation in this department join leading universities all over India like University of Calcutta, University of Delhi, University of Pune, IITs and ISI`s for post-graduation. A large section of our ex-students is now pursuing doctoral research in foreign universities like Purdue, Florida, North Carolina and others. Some of them have also been placed in national and multinational companies in the field of insurance (actuaries), finance, risk management, portfolio analysis and development of statistical software.


Traditionally, Statistics has been defined as a body of scientific methods used for collection, classification, presentation, analysis and interpretation of numerical data originating from diverse fields. The success of the subject therefore lies in its application. Perhaps there is no branch of scientific knowledge where Statistics has not left its imprint. The mission of the Department is to lay the foundation of intellectual leadership in the subject that is of direct benefit to the state and country at large. To this end the department is committed to offering a well-rounded academic program, the specific goals of which include:

  • Developing a theoretical insight into the subject.
  • Developing applied skills aided by computational techniques.
  • Familiarizing a student with specialized statistical packages and software thereby preparing him/her for the competitive job market as well as interdisciplinary research.
  • Upgrading the knowledge base and skills of both the student as well as faculty through seminars and workshops for quality enhancement.

Timeline for the Semester July 2022-December 2022

Data Science Laboratory Inauguration

  1. The Data Science Laboratory was inaugurated on 4th July, 2022.


MSc. In Data Science

  1. After completing more than sixty glorious years of undergraduate teaching, the Department of Statistics has started offering MSc in Data Science from the academic year 2022-23.



  1. SoutirBandyopadhyay, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Colorado School of Mines, delivered an invited talk on “Wendland Meets Markov: Kriging For Large Spatial Data” on 15th July,2022.
  2. Bikas Kumar Sinha, Retired Professor, Indian Statistical Institute delivered an invited talk on “FANCY LIFE OF A SMART GAMBLER” and “OH CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN” on 13th September, 2022.
  3. Bikas Kumar Sinha, Retired Professor, Indian Statistical Institute delivered an invited talk on “RIFLE INSPECTION PROBLEM: EASIER TO STATE (THE ISSUE) THAN TO RESOLVE (THE SAME)” on 13th September, 2022.


Discussion Session

6.    A Discussion session with Amritaputra Bhattacharya,Sr. Data and Applied Scientist at Microsoftwas held on 6th December, 2022. The session was attended by the post graduate students of Data Science.

Student’s Achievements for the Session July2020-June 2021

7 students qualified the ISI Entrance Exam for the MStat Course and 7 students qualified the JAM Entrance Exam for postgraduate programme under IITs. 3 students qualified the entrance exam for Data Science in Chennai Mathematical Institute.

Awards and Recognitions:

3rd  Year

  1. Dhruvi Mundra secured second place in National Level Debate organised by IIM Ahmedabad (October, 2020)
  2. Ishani Karmakar got placed in Deloitte as Associate Analyst in February, 2021.
  3. Shreya Singhee got placed in Deloitte as Associate Analysis in February, 2021.

2nd Year

Anuroop Roy : Second Place at Coupe de-Mandeville Season 2 Football Tournament organised by Mandeville FC Club held on 10th April, 2021.

1st  Year

  1. Tarushee Agarwal : Chairperson at United Nations General Assembly at Sri Sri Model United Nations organized by Sri Sri Academy held from 16th October to 18th October,
  2. Yuvraj Dutta : Secured the position of Special Mention in UNICEF Committee of Flagship 5.0 organised by Gujarat Model United Nations held from 29th January to 30th January, 2021.
  3. Yenisi Das : JBNSTS Bigyani Kanya MedhaBritti Award, 2020 organised by Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search held on 19th February, 2021.

Participation and Certificates:

1st  Year

  1. Srinjoy Chaudhuri : Campus Ambassador Internship organized by ELAN & NVISION, IIT, Hyderabad held on 7th February, 2021.
  2. Abhay Ashok Kansal: Student Ambassador Program organised by Hindu Youth Summit 2021 held from 21st  to 23rd February, 2021.
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