Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, the founder of Indian Statistical Institute , emphasized the need of interdisciplinary research with statistics playing a pivotal role. Honouring his vision, Indian Statistical Institute is going to organize a conference on Contemporary Issues and Applications of Statistics during January 2-4, 2012 (CIAS2012). The goal of the conference is to bring together statisticians and other scientists engaged in inter-disciplinary research involving applications of Statistics from different parts of the world, and provide a platform for them to interact among themselves and to share their thoughts on recent developments in different areas of the subject. Success of the conference will definitely infuse further enthusiasm in statistical activities in India. Interested students, faculty and other researchers are welcome to participate.