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Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis Memorial Museum and Archives at the headquarters of the Indian Statistical Institute ( ISI ) in Kolkata nestle a permanent exhibition in Amrapali building on the life and works of Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis and preserve the official and personal papers of Professor Mahalanobis and the documents related to the history of the Institute. It is a part of the Central library in Kolkata and is under the Library and Information Science Division of the Institute.

The objectives of P. C. Mahalanobis Memorial Museum and Archives is to bring into light the many-splendoured personality of Professor Mahalanobis through the permanent exhibition and to preserve the archival materials, enhance accessibility to the material and increase the public awareness of the scientific achievements, organizational ability, literary activities, and human values upheld by Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis as well as the activities of the Institute founded by him.

The museum and archives stand out as an extraordinary source of original records which delineate the landmarks of the history of the development of statistics in the sub-continent spreading over a period of more than fifty years and bring into focus the outstanding contribution of Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis made in this phenomenal process. It preserves the intellectual and personal record of a scientist and organizer whose original thinking and pioneering efforts had set a path for the national development through the application of statistical science in different fields. Such endeavours helped building up the official statistical system in India which established the importance of statistical science in India and placed it in the statistical map of the world. The museum and archives also contain the invaluable historical sources reflecting the foundation and growth of the Indian Statistical Institute which opened a new horizon in the field of research and training in statistical science in India.


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