R C Bose Centre for Cryptology and Security is a new centre of the Indian Statistical Institute at Kolkata. It is named after the eminent Mathematician Professor Raj Chandra Bose, who had contributed significantly in the area of Mathematics and Statistics, now considered as foundations of Cryptology, Coding Theory and related scientific disciplines.

Mission and Vision

The Centre aims at the promotion of interdisciplinary research in Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics towards furtherance of teaching, research as well as training and development in Cryptology and Cyber Security. The Centre acts as a hub for all cryptographic requirements, cutting-edge research activities and technology development in relevant fields, in order to create a critical mass of researchers and experts to fulfill the growing demand in the national and international arena.

The goal of the R C Bose Centre for Cryptology and Security is primarily to foster fundamental as well as demand-driven "research and applications in cryptology" at Indian Statistical Institute, with following objectives. To provide direction and advice to various wings of Armed Forces, DRDO, Police Organisations and also financial institutions is another important aspect of the Centre. Capacity building at the national level, in the field of Cryptology and Security is another major objective of the Centre so as to make the country self-sufficient in this niche area.


Major activities of the Centre include teaching, training and research in Cryptology and Security. The Centre focuses on research and teaching in all theoretical and applied aspects of Cryptology and Cyber Security, as well as interdisciplinary interactions with Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. It promotes sustained collaboration in focused research areas, and become a meeting point for eminent scholars in related fields. It is a centre for training in Cryptology and allied subjects and a platform for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.


The policy focus of the Centre is formulated by the Board of Management, chaired by an eminent academic expert in Cryptology and Security, and having strong representations from academia, industry and sponsoring organizations. In addition, an Academic Advisory Body is formed during the initial formative years of the Centre to suggest and oversee the academic activities of the R C Bose Centre for Cryptology and Security. This body is represented by experts from Indian Academia and Industry. Both Board of Management and Academic Advisory Body are constituted by the ISI Council, and they have adequate autonomy to manage the activities of R C Bose Centre for Cryptology and Security.
Photo of R C Bose

Raj Chandra Bose

Raj Chandra Bose (19 June 1901 – 31 October 1987) was an Indian American mathematician and statistician best known for his work in design theory and the theory of error-correcting codes in which the class of BCH codes is partly named after him. He is also notable for his work on Association scheme, Bose–Mesner algebra, and Euler's conjecture on Latin squares.

In December 1932, Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, the then Director of the newly established (1931) Indian Statistical Institute, offered Bose a part-time job at the Institute. Bose was the chief mathematician at the Institute in its formative years. He started working in multivariate analysis, and later focussed on the development of a mathematical theory of design, with the idea of using the theory of finite fields and finite geometry to solve problems in design.

In 1935, Bose had become full-time at the Institute. In 1940, he joined the University of Calcutta, and in 1945, he became the Head of the Department of Statistics. In 1947, Bose was awarded a D.Litt. for his works in multivariate analysis and design of experiments. Subsequently in 1949, he moved to the United States, and joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Professor of Statistics.

Bose's contributions in Mathematics and Statistics are now considered as foundations of Cryptology, Coding Theory and several related scientific disciplines.