Museum of statistics to come up at UoH

HYDERABAD: Showcasing historical developments in the field of statistics and to inspire younger generation towards the subject, a national museum of statistics is to come up on a five acre site at the University of Hyderabad.

To be called, ‘Sankhya: The National Museum of Statistics’, the project has been conceived by the renowned statistician C.R. Rao and is to be located adjacent to the C.R. Rao Advanced Institute for Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences (AIMCS).

Society registered

A society has already been registered for founding the museum. The members among others include Planning Commission Deputy Chairman M.S. Ahluwalia, Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister V.K. Saraswat, Chennai Mathematical Institute Director C.S. Seshadri, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Director M. Barma, National Statistical Commission Chairman R. Radhakrishna and University of Hyderabad Vice-Chancellor Seyed Hasnain.

“There is no such museum for statistics anywhere and we want to develop it here in the city.

Land allotment

The university has agreed to provide five acres of land on the campus and we are looking at establishing it over 20,000 sft at an estimated cost of Rs.6 crore,” says Prof.C.R. Rao. Some offers to the tune of Rs.3 crore have already been made and the rest is being worked out.

Developments

Sankhya, when in place, will display the developments in the 20th century with special reference to contributions by Indian statisticians and institutions, demonstrate use of statistics in all areas of human endeavours from scientific research to the help it offers a lay man take appropriate decisions.

Material in the way of video, taped summaries are also to be part of it which will motivate younger generation pursue their careers in this field, informs Prof. Rao.

Competitive events

Also proposed are having the museum as a site for regional and national high school and college competitive events such as Statistics Olympiad and document and exhibit the history of development of mathematical sciences in the country covering the contributions made by early scientists.

Donations

Both national and international committees have been proposed to raise donations from the government, philanthropic institutions and individuals for building the museum and acquiring material for exhibition.