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Department of Statistics

Introduction

1. The Department of Statistics (DOS) in the All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health came into existence in the year 1960  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 and participating in multidisciplinary research activities. It conducts a special one-year course viz. Diploma in Health Statistics (DHS) from the year 1966 with participation of students from India and abroad. The students selected for the course are entitled to a monthly stipend of INR 7500.  The department also assists the students, faculty and researchers of this Institute in planning and designing of field surveys and data analysis and undertakes data processing and preparation of reports.

2. The DOS  functions as IT Wing of the Institute.

3. Although, the full-fledged Department of Statistics was established in the Institute in 1960, the Statisticians and Demographers of international repute were founders of the Institute along with Public Heath Specialists since 1932. Many landmark and pioneering work under the guidance of  Dr K.C.K.E. Raja, Professor of Public Health and Vital Statistics and Prof Chidambara Chandrasekaran, noted Indian demographer and statistician were carried out drawing international attention. Prof Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis published reports on demography and public health work of the Institute in a volume of Sankhya, a special periodical brought out by the Indian Statistical Institute.

Prof. P.V. Sukhatme, the noted statistician,  in whose name Government of India has instituted Prof. P.V. Shukhatme Award for “Outstanding and Meritorious Research Work in Statistics” , served the Institute during 1939-40. During 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. MathenProfessor of Statistics in the Institute made several notable contributions which include, inter alia,  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 during 1941-48 and 1954-58. He developed the famous Chandra-Deming formula jointly with W. E. Deming in 1949 for estimating the number of vital events by comparing results from two different systems, which is a popular method even now. Prof. Chandrasekaran and Prof. Mathen had close association with the United Nations, W.H.O., and other international agencies 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.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Statistics in MCI/non-MCI  post-graduate courses in the Institute
Regular Diploma/Degree

Post Graduate Diploma in Health Statistics (DHS)

 Duration & stipend:

 One Year (Full Time), Rs. 7500/- p.m.

Affiliation / Recognition:

West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS).

Intake Capacity: 8
Short Courses/Training

The department conducts various short courses on the use of statistical methodologies used especially in bio-statistics, statistical packages and IT applications.

Research Activities

The department conducts various multidisciplinary research activities on public health,  also in collaboration with other Institutions.

 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.
 Participation in  Seminar/Workshop/Conferences
  1. Prof.(Dr.) Bivas Chaudhuri participated in the UN conference in Vienna during 14-16 November 2016 on    ‘Modernizing Product & Services in the context of SDG’,  being invited by United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

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

3. 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.

4. . 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.

5. 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).

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

7. 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.

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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).

12. 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).

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.

 

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