The department of statistics was established in the 1961, as a part of combined Department of Mathematics and Statistics, with Dr.S.R.Patel as lone faculty for M.Sc Programme in Statistics. Slowly and steadily department grew and got separated from mathematics department with sharing physical facilities on the first floor of mathematics building. In the year 2005 department was allotted entire third floor of mathematics building which helped the department to expand physical facilities and enhance academic and research programmes. Presently department has seven regular sanctioned position and four adhoc (self finance) positions of which five regular and three ad hoc positions are filled and remaining are in the process of recruitment. Department is running three PG programmes and three certificate courses other than M.Phil and Ph.D research programmes.
In the year 1961 the department of statistics took its initiation in the Department of mathematics. Prof.S.R.Patel, then joined as lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, initiated the M.Sc. programme in Statistics. In the year 1964 the university recruited Dr.S,M.Shah as a Reader in Statistics and under his headship established a separate Department of Statistics. Subsequently many joined the department at different positions. The brief details are provided in the following table.
Progress Under Heads
Prof.S.M.Shah was instrumental in the establishment of separate statistics department in the university. During his tenure he got sanctioned one professor, two reader and two lecturer positions. Prof.S.M.Shah himself being active researcher, encouraged research activities in the department. All the teachers during his tenure obtained their Ph.D under his guidance. He introduced three main branches of research, viz., Design of Experiments, Sampling Theory and Statistical Inference.
Prof.S.R.Patel was able get one lecturer and one reader positions from the UGC. He introduced desk top computers in the department and established a small computer laboratory in the department. He initiated a course on computer programming for M.Sc statistics.
Prof.D.N.Shah took initiative in introducing computer related course at B.Sc level in the colleges. He further enhanced the computer laboratory of the department by procuring more desk top computers.
Prof.Gujarathi took initiatives in computerizing statistics practical. He also revised the syllabi of M.Sc programme as per the UGC modal curriculum. He was instrumental in introducing C++ programming language in the M.Sc curriculum. He managed to get donation from daughters of Prof.S.M.Shah to establish Late Prof.S.M.Shah Statistical Laboratory. During his tenure he enhanced the computer laboratory with then latest computers and procured Matlab, Lotus, Visual Basic and SPSS and other softwares. He also initiated campus recruitments by inviting companies Rajshree Yarns and Gujarat Glass.
Prof.Shanubhogue, after joining as Head in the 2003, continued to follow the approach adopted by Prof.Gujarathi in the development of the department. The initiative taken by Prof.Shanubhogue are as under:
(i) Revised the syllabi and introducing semester system in the department.
(ii) Introduced two specialized braches- Biostatistics, Financial statistics.
(iii) Introduced compulsory project work in the M.Sc curriculum
(iv) Brought out Placement Brochures and organizing campus recruitments.
(v) Got fund of Rs.31.25 lac from UGC under innovative programme scheme for introducing new P.G. course Master in Quality and Productivity Management(M.Q.P.M)
(vi) Received fund of Rs.27.5 lac from DST-FIST  grant for establishing modernized computer laboratory.
(vii) Established department student and research library.
(viii) Introduced (a) Certificate Course in SPSS (b) Certificate Course in Biostatistics (c) Certificate Course in Financial Statistics
(ix) Framed self finance courses (a) Post Graduate Diploma in Statistical Computing and Data Analysis (a) Post Graduate Diploma in Actuarial Statistics
(x) Formed Alumni Association
(xi) Formed Statistical Consultancy Cell.
Improved intake through (i) sending posters, (ii) developing contacts with teachers of statistics at colleges of other universities in the state and other states through e-mail and other means of communication,(iii) giving talks at different colleges regarding career opportunities and (iv) participating as resource persons at seminars for college students on career opportunities in
The unreserved and whole hearted contributions by the retired teachers of the department, we have received recognition as one of the leading departments in the western region. It is known as the best department with respect to teaching, research and extension activities. Ours is the first department, among UGC recognized statistics departments, to bring out placement brochures and conduct placement activities since 2004. Our teachers have done research in many leading areas of statistics. We have regularly conducted Seminars, Symposia, Conferences, Workshops, Training programs and Refresher Courses. Our graduates are working in governments sectors, financial sectors, educational institutes and abroad. To respect the efforts put forth by our predecessor, we have planned to expand the activities of the department so that the department may be renamed as “Post Graduate Institute for Statistical Sciences”.
Our first objective is to enhance Industry and Academic Linkage through consultancy activities. Give due regard to ex-head Late Prof.S.M.Shah we wish establish “Late Prof.S.M.Shah Consultancy Cell”. The following are few activities which we wish to include in the activities of the consultancy cell.
1. Encourage teachers/students of the department to give statistical consultancy for following activities.
(a) Statistical Consultancy for the Project Work of PG students of other departments(Mainly by the students of the department under earn-while-learn scheme)
(b) Statistical Consultancy to Research Students (Mainly by teachers’ with charges to be decided by the Department Research Committee with due approval by the university). For the consultancy provided without charge, we will expect joint publications leading to interdisciplinary research.
(c) Statistical Consultancy to any Government Bodies, Research Institutes, Corporate Sectors and Industries by the teachers of the department.(Students’ help may taken if students are doing M.Sc. Project Work).
(d) Create a “Data Repository” for use of teaching and Research.
2. Create a centre “Sardar Patel Centre for Management and Training in Quality, Productivity and Reliability” with the following objectives.
(A) Training Programmes/Worshops
I. Certificate Courses.
(B) Post Graduate/Diploma Programmes
If all these activities are implemented with help of Government of Gujarat, UGC, DST-FIST, Ministry of Statistical Planning and Implementation, Ministry of HRD and the University we could proudly rename the department as “Post Graduate Institute for Statistical Sciences”.