As India grapples with the challenges ofBig Dataand the transformative power of artificial intelligence (AI), reflecting on Mahalanobis's approach can offer insights into addressing these issues effectively.
What are the Major Contributions of PC Mahalanobis?
Professor P.C. Mahalanobis, a prominent scientist and statistical pioneer, contributed significantly in the field of data collection, analysis, and planning for national development.
He was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata). His grandfather Gurucharan was a social reformer and a follower of Debendranath Tagore, the father of Rabindranath Tagore.
In 1931, he founded the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in Calcutta, with the aim of promoting research and education in statistics and related disciplines.
He also founded Sankhya, the first Indian statistical journal, in 1933.
He played a key role in designing India’s strategy for industrialisation and economic development in the Second Five-Year Plan (1956-61), also known as Mahalanobis Plan based on his own mathematical model that emphasized heavy industries and capital goods.
Also, his involvement in the establishment and shaping of Rabindranath Tagore's Visva Bharati University highlights his significant contributions beyond statistics