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Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates Chennai centre of Indian Statistical Institute

Special Correspondent

— Photo: M. Vedhan

milestone: Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister and chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute Council, unveiling a plaque to mark the inauguration of the Chennai centre of the institute at a function in the city on Saturday.

CHENNAI: It was the visionary approach of personalities such as Jawaharlal Nehru and P.C. Mahalanobis in the initial years of planning process which led to the development of high quality human resources in different fields of activity, Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister, said on Saturday.

Inaugurating the Chennai centre of the Indian Statistical Institute, Mr. Mukherjee, also the chairman of the ISI Council, said the country had laid emphasis on establishing institutions such as the Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management though the country’s developmental requirements was much less then compared to the output from the institutions.

A large number of people trained by the institutions went abroad.

Still, the institutions provided the basic foundation of the development of human resources.

Now, the country had emerged as one of the nations having a large number of highly qualified and technically competent manpower.

In the last four years, it had registered around 9 per cent growth.

G.K. Vasan, Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation, commended Mr. Mukherjee for having declared June 29 (the date of birth of Mahalanobis) as the Statistics Day.

Pronab Sen, Chief Statistician and Secretary of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, said there was a tremendous shortage of statisticians.

This called for remedial action. Noting that last time, the Institute opened its centre was in 1978 at Bangalore, Dr. Sen said the Chennai centre would be beneficial to the State statistical system.

Sankar K. Pal, Director of the Institute, spoke.

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