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Around 1947, Stuart Rice, past President of the International Statistical Institute and member of the UN Statistical Commission was strongly advocating for an International Programme for Education in Statistics, especially in "those countries which do not possess the present or potential resources of trained personnel".

Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, the founder and father-figure of the Indian Statistical Institute, further suggested that such an organisation should be set up for the Asian countries, especially for India and her neighborhood. This effort resulted in the foundation of ISEC in 1950, within the campus of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.