M.Sc. in Statistics and Operational Research

Aligarh Muslim University
In Aligarh

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Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh-202002 , 202002, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Statistics as a subject of study was introduced at graduate level in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of this University way back in early fifties. Ours has been a pioneer Institution in this respect as only a few Universities of the country were teaching Statistics at that time. In the year 1958, a post graduate course leading to M.Sc. Statistics was instituted and the first batch passed out in 1960. Credit for this achievement goes to a group of dedicated teachers which included Dr. A.R. Kokan, Dr. A. Asim Qureshy, Professor R.A. Khan, Dr. S.N.U.A. Kirmani, Dr. Zahirul Islam, Professor S.M. Ali etc., some of whom settled abroad in the subsequent years.

To keep pace with the fast developing World of Statistics and to keep abreast with the new emerging areas and concepts it was thought to establish a separate and independent Department of Statistics at this university. It was in these circumstances that the Department of Mathematics and Statistics was bifurcated and an independent Department of Statistics came into existence in April, 1975. Professor S.M. Ali was the first Chairman of the Department of Statistics. Necessary infrastructure was created and courses of study were restructured, revised and updated. Though emphasis was given mainly to the teaching of theoretical and academic Statistics nevertheless the applied aspect of the subject was not altogether ignored. By the time the new Department came into existence a fairly large number of research articles had already been published by the faculty members and the research work of the several Ph.D. candidates was in progress.

During the period 1980-1985 two major academic events took place. A research Journal entitled "The Aligarh Journal of Statistics" was introduced to the academic community, the first issue of which was released in 1981. The journal has been warmly received the world over and continues to publish original research articles of high academic values. It is a refereed Journal and indexed in Mathematical Reviews, Current Index to Statistics (CIS) and Statistical Theory and Methods Abstracts. It has been placed in the list of core journals by CIS. The other major event was the institution of a Master's degree in Operations Research in 1983. The Department has been renamed in 1989 as the Department of Statistics and Operations Research.

The first International Symposium on Optimization and Statistics was held in December 1989 and the VI International Symposium in Dec., 2008.

The Department also caters to the needs of researchers and scientists from other disciplines seeking guidance and advice in handling the statistical work involved in their research projects. The demand for such guidance and assistance had since increased over the year. The Department, since its very inception, has been championing the cause of Statistics and we have every intention to continue to do so in future.


1. Computerized Seminar Library:

Software installed: LIBSYS system.

Number of books: nearly 3000

Number of National/International Journals subscribed: 50

2. M. Sc. Computing Lab :

Number of PCs: 20 (all with Internet Connection)

Software loaded: SPSS, FORTRAN 95/98 compiler, C++ Compiler, R-Software etc.

3. Research Computing Lab:

Number of PCs: 10 (all with Internet Connection)

Software loaded: SPSS, FORTRAN 95/98 compiler, C++ Compiler, R-Software etc.

4. Teacher's Rooms:

There are 15 teacher's room. In each room there is a PC with Internet Connection and a Laser Printer.

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