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Department of Statistics

1. Introduction

1. The Department of Statistics (DOS) in the All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health came into existence in the early 1960s. A special course viz. Diploma in Health Statistics (DHS) commenced under the Department in the year 1966 with participation of students from India and abroad. Moreover, the Department of Statistics is engaged in imparting training on statistical tools and methodologies to the students of various postgraduate degree and diploma courses run by the Institute and supporting research activities undertaken by the Institute. DOS also assists the students and researchers of this Institute in planning and designing of surveys and data analysis and undertakes data processing, tabulation and preparation of reports on its in-house computer systems. Furthermore, DOS  functions as IT Wing of the Institute.

2. Although, the Department of Statistics was established in the Institute in 1960, the Institute has been aware of the importance of statistics in research and public health since its inception. Prof. P.V. Sukhatme, the noted statistician in whose name we have Prof. P.V. Shukhatme Award for “Outstanding and Meritorious Research Work in Statistics” served the Institute in 1939-40. In 1944-45, the first general health survey was conducted by the Institute in 68 villages of West Bengal under its service jurisdiction. Dr. K.K. MathenProfessors of the Department of Statistics in the Institute made several notable contributions which include the technical report on “sampling methods in morbidity surveys and public health” under the aegis of WHO in 1966 and “development of statistical test for infectious  diseases”. Prof. C. Chandrasekaran the well known demographer and statistician served the Institute from 1941-48 and 1954-58. Chandra-Deming formula jointly developed by him with W. E. Deming in 1949 for estimating the number of vital events by comparing results from two different systems is still used. Prof. Chandrasekaran and Prof. Mathen had developed a deep association with the United Nations, W.H.O., etc. for significant contributions in their field of expertise. The first comprehensive survey instruments for a field survey on public health issues were developed by the Department in 1966.

2. Teaching Activities

Regular Diploma/Degree
Diploma in Health Statistics (DHS)

Diploma (Post Graduate);


 One Year (Full Time)

Affiliation / Recognition:

West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS).

Intake Capacity: 8
Short Courses/Training

1. The department conducts various short courses on the use of statistical methods and statistical packages such as SPSS, Epi Info, etc. and IT applications.

Other Teaching Activities

1. The Department participates in teaching of statistics to the students of other postgraduate degree/diploma courses run by the Institute, viz., MD (PSM), ME (PH), DPH, DMCW, DIH, MV (PH), Dip. Diet, DHE, DNEA (CH), MPH etc. It also conducts short duration courses on basic health statistics for the students of other courses/institutions such as M.Sc. (Nursing), College of Nursing, Kolkata Medical College and B.M. Birla Heart Research Institute, Kolkata, and D.T.M.H course, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata.

2. Number of classes taken by the Department of Statistics in an Academic Year for the courses run by other departments are as follows.

Classes by DOS

3. Service Activities   

  1. To offer technical expertise in the context of a statistical tool and IT.
  2. Updation and Maintenance of the website of the Institute.
  3. Monitoring and management of Computer Network (LAN/WAN) of the Institute.
  4. Operationalisation and running of ECS.
  5. To support the operation of the Biometric Attendance System.
  6. Operation & Maintenance of the Computer Laboratory at the Main Campus.
  7. To provide support to the administration and the management on various issues such as performance monitoring, performance budget, plan budget, information technology, library automation, RFD, etc.
  8. Coordination for strengthening and reorientation of the Institute.

4. Publications

  1. Saha A. (2010), A modified unrelated question randomized response device for complex surveys. Statistical Papers, 51, 349-355.
  2. Saha A., Nag Chaudhury, A. Bhowmick, & Chatterjee R. (2010), Awareness of Cervical Cancer Among Female Students of Premier Colleges in Kolkata, India. Asian Pacific Journal for Cancer Prevention, Vol. 1, 1-6.
  3. Ajay Baksi  and A. K. Verma, 2013, Domestic Medical Tourism in India: Some Facets, Journal of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Vol. 4(2), pp. 29-58, July, 2013.

5.Participation in Seminar/Workshop/Conferences

1. DOS co-ordinated the workshop on “A strategic framework for reorientation and strengthening of All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health” held during 9- 11 July, 2014.

2. Prof. R.K. Tiwary participated in the Workshop on Improving the Quality of Data on the Health MIS Portal at NIH&FW, New Delhi during 19.05.2010 to 21.05.2010.

3. Prof. A.J. Roy participated in the Meeting of the Expert Group on ‘Strengthening of Institutional Mechanism for regular data collection in Trade & Services at Central Statistical Organization, New Delhi under Chairmanship of the Director General of CSO.

4. Two faculties participated in the Workshop for Training of trainer (TOT) in Health Management Information System (HIMS) by the Min. Of  Health& F.W. under NRHM in Gangtok, Sikkim (2 days).

5. Professor R. K. Tiwary participated in 3 days programme “All India Workshop on Supervision of NHM” during August 2013.

6. Participated in Annual Conference of the Indian Society for Medical Statistics (ISMS) at National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi during 11-13th November  2010.

7. Participated in Training on Application of Geographical Information System (GIS) in Dehradun for 5 days.

8. Shri  P. Bhowmick acted as resource person in the reorientation training program for teachers conducted by National Institute of Homeopathy sponsored by Min. Of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. Of India at Kolkata.

9. A conference on “ World consumer day” organised by the regional office, Directorate of Marketing and Inspection, Ministry of Agricultural, GOI was chaired by  Prof. RKTiwary on 15-03-13.

10. A project work on “Health Statistics”  assigned by MOSPI ( through NASA) involving Post Graduate student of ISI, Kolkata was got completed by Prof.  A.  Roy (2013).

11. ISS probationers were given orientation training by Prof A. Roy and Prof. R.K.Tiwary regarding Health Statistics and the role of AIIH&PH (2013).

6. Other Activities

1. Arsenic contamination in ground water and prevalence of Arsenicosis in West Bengal – A cross-sectional study was conducted jointly with Department of Epidemiology and Department of Sanitary Engineering.

2. The Department has actively supervised District Level Household and Facility Survey (under RCH project) conducted by IIPS, Mumbai and MoHFW, New Delhi.

3. The faculties of the Department acted as members of the Video Conferencing for All India MBBS and PG Entrance Examination.

4. The faculties of the Department acted as members of the Online Counselling for All India MBBS and PG Entrance Examination.

5. Supportive Supervision of NRHM, West Bengal:  The implementation of NHM in West Bengal was monitored on a quarterly basis as per the instruction of MOH&FW. The monitoring team submitted the analytical reports & suggestions for improvement to the State as well as the Central Ministry. It provided supportive supervision to the state health system by actually showing as to how the gaps in the system may be removed. This led to improvement in the Grievance Redressal System, documentation, mode of JSY payment, IEC etc. 14 districts of West Bengal have been monitored and the reports have been submitted to MOH&FW, New Delhi and MOH&FW, West Bengal. The monitoring mechanism adopted by this department is supportive monitoring which includes data collection related to characteristics of facilities, evaluation of sub-scheme wise programmes, the study of the impact of the programme through interaction with beneficiaries, PRI members and primary workers like ANMs, ASHAs,  analysis of category wise fund utilisation.

6. The department is also involved in Supportive Monitoring of RHU&TC, Singur, facility assessment survey in RHU&TC, Singur (as per IPHS 2012 ), training need assessment of officials involved in health services in the service area of RHU&TC, Singur.

7. Manpower (Technical)

Manpower Stat

8. Faculty Details



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