About Pune Unit

We are a unit of Indian Statistical Institute, active in Application of statistics, operations research & other quantitative techniques to solve problems of the industry. Institutes prime activities are Teaching, Training and Consulting in the field of: Six Sigma, Application of Statistics, Management systems (ISO-9000, TS-16949, ISO-14000, Integrated management system), Human resource development initiatives, Statistical services including survey and inculcating statistical thinking into an organization.

Lead Faculty

M. Stat., PG Dip. in SQC & OR, A Fellow: Specialist Development Program, Subrata Rath is currently heading the SQC & OR unit of Pune. He has more than 20 years of experience in extensive teaching, training and consultancy in the field TQM, Management Systems, Six Sigma and HRD initiatives in many large business houses in India. He has been involved in not less than 50 organisations of various sectors and have guided more than 1000 Six Sigma projects.

Indian Statistical Institute

It is a central government institute, devoted to research, teaching & application of not only statistics and allied sciences, but also the natural sciences, social sciences and their interface with the statistics. it has been accorded the status of an INSTITUTE OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE, by an Act of Parliament, 1959. By virtue of this, It is: an University which is empowered to award degrees such as B. Stat., B. Math, M. Stat., M. Tech, Ph.D. a farm of consultants helping industries both service and manufacturing sectors to enhance business benefits. a central place to promote research along with National and International. It is head quartered in Kolkata with centers across India.

Major Objectives

The major objectives of the Institute are -

  • to promote the study and dissemination of knowledge of Statistics, to develop statistical theory and methods, and their use in research and practical applications generally, with special reference to problems of planning of national development and social welfare;
  • to undertake research in various fields of natural and social sciences, with a view to the mutual development of Statistics and these sciences;
  • to provide for, and undertake, the collection of information, investigation, projects and operational research for purposes of planning and the improvement of efficiency of management and production.


The Institute began in a small room in the Presidency College in 1931, now comprises major centres in four major cities of Kolkata, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai and the Units across India in Pune, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Coimbatore. What began in 1931 with a solitary human 'computer' working part-time, now comprises over 250 faculty members and over 1,000 supporting staff and several modern-day personal computers, workstations, minicomputers, supermini computers and mainframe computers. Impressive as these figures are, they convey little idea of the road traversed, the range of activities undertaken and the intimate relationship of the Institute with the life of the nation.

Institute's Formal Journey

Mahalanobis set up the Statistical Laboratory in the Presidency College sometime in the 1920s. On 17 December 1931, the Institute was founded as a learned society and housed in the Statistical Laboratory. The Institute was registered on 28 April 1932, as a non-profit distributing learned society under the Societies Registration Act (XXI of 1860) and is now registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act XXVI of 1961 amended in 1964. Sir R.N. Mookerjee accepted the office of the President of the Institute, and held this office until his death in 1936.

Recognition of Statistics as a Key Discipline in India

During the 1920s and until the mid-1930s, all or nearly all the statistical work done in India, was done single-handedly by Mahalanobis at the Institute. The early statistical studies included analyses of data on stature of Anglo-Indians, meteorological data, rainfall data, data on soil conditions, etc. Some of the findings of these early studies were of great impact in the control of floods, development of agriculture, etc., and led to the recognition of Statistics as a key discipline.