Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) was founded by Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis in 1931 in Kolkata, dedicated towards teaching practices, research-application of social sciences, natural sciences, and statistics, with a focus on research in statistics. Teaching practices of the institute are conducted in Kolkata-Bangalore-Delhi. ISI thrived in theoretical research in the field of statistics working on consultancy projects concerning ‘Statistical Quality Control and Operations Research’. The eminence of Mahalanobis encouraged students of physics to take interest in statistics also. ISI included different scholars who formulated an operative group of statisticians. ISI was acclaimed – ‘institute of national importance’ by the Indian Parliament in 1959 for contribution in – sample survey, experiment designing, computer science, and multivariate statistics.


ISI offers undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma courses, and research programs. It provides two UG courses – Bachelor of Statistics (Honors) and Mathematics (Honors). The PG courses on offer are in Statistics, Mathematics, Science in- Quantitative Economics, Library, and Information and Quality Management Science, Technology in Computer Science, Cryptology and Security, and Quality, Reliability & Operations Research. The research programs on offer are in various fields like Statistics, Mathematics, Quantitative Economics, Computer Science, Quality, Reliability & Operations Research, and Junior Research Fellowships. Ph.D. students working in an area other than these must register for a Ph.D. in- physics, geology, biological sciences. The Diploma courses at the ISI are Postgraduate Diploma in Statistical Methods and Business Analytics, Computer Applications, and Part-time Course in SQC and OR.

Research and Development

R&D at ISI work on seven fundamentals of- research, development, and consultancy:

  • Administrative Services, Applied Statistics, Associate Institutions, Biological Sciences, Computer and Communication Sciences, Library, Documentation and Information Science, Physics and Earth Sciences, Social Sciences, Statistical Quality Control and Operations Research, Teaching and Training and Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics Divisions
  • Computer and Statistical Services Centre

Placement Highlights

The knowledgeable professionals of ISI have successfully secured the highest package of 31.4 LPA and an average of 19.2 LPA from a batch size of 155. Roles offered to professionals are data/decision scientist, analyst/business, economist/risk, and model/software development engineer. A few recruiters of the past are- Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, KPMG, Aditya Birla, Amazon, Flipkart, OYO, and LinkedIn.

Notable alumni

Students of the Indian Statistical Institute have remarkably excelled in the field of mathematics, computer science, statistics, economics, and probability theory. A few of the notable alumni of the Indian Statistical Institute include the following names.

  • Samarendra Kumar Mitra
  • S. R. S. Varadhan
  • Debabrata Basu
  • K. R. Parthasarathy
  • Jayanta Kumar Ghosh
  • Bimal K. Roy
  • Sankar Kumar Pal
  • B. L. S. Prakasa Rao
  • G. JogeshBabu
  • Thiruvenkatachari Parthasarathy
  • Gopinath Kallianpur
  • RajeevaKarandikar
  • Ravindra Khattree
  • Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay
  • Palash Sarkar
  • J. S. Rao
  • Kesar Singh
  • Ranajit Chakraborty
  • ParthaPratim Majumder
  • Probal Chaudhuri
  • Arup Bose
  • Debashish Goswami
  • Ritabrata Munshi
  • Sourav Chatterjee
  • Jean Drèze
  • Sucharit Sarkar
Alumni elected for Fellow of the American Statistical Association

  • P. V. Sukhatme (1950) 
  • K. R. Nair (1951)
Notable alumni in non-academic careers, mainly politics

  • Subramanian Swamy
  • Dipankar Bhattacharya