National seminar on Better Data for Better Lives marks the birthday of the father of modern statistics at J&K

National Statistics Day celebrations were held at J&K’s Vishwa Bharti Women’s College Rainwari Srinagar on Wednesday, commemorating the 129th birthday of Prof. PCMahalanobis, popularly known as the Father of Statistics in India. The one-day national conference was organized under the theme “Better Data for Better Lives” in collaboration with the Division of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Fisheries, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology (SKUAST).

The aim of the program was to highlight the importance of providing a platform for researchers to learn about modern statistical tools and emerging techniques used with the advancement of computing facilities nowadays. Dr. Syed Javed Iqbal Kamili, Principal of Vishwa Bharti Women’s College and Dr. Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Head of Social Sciences Division, FoFy, SKUAST-K further informed that the conference educates students, researchers and members of the faculty to correctly use statistical tools to validate their research results.

National seminar on Better Data for Better Lives marks the birthday of the father of modern statistics at J&K

Teacher. Ronika Yousuf, organizing secretary of the conference, anchored the program, which was attended by many researchers and scholars. Prof. Javid Iqbal Kamili, Principal of Vishwa Bharti Women’s College, opened the conference and delivered the welcome speech. Professor Bilal Ahmad Bhat, sponsor of the conference, spoke briefly about the life of PCMahalanobis.

Hemant Kumar Lohia, a senior officer of IPS, was the main guest for the day, who discussed in detail the contributions of PCMahalanobis, Big Data and the importance of statistics in different fields in the modern era.

Technical sessions at the conference

During the conference, 20 researchers even presented their papers during various technical sessions organized during the day. After the inauguration, two technical sessions took place, during which three main conferences took place.

Abdul Rashid showed a documentary on climate change and explained the causes and ways to adapt to climate change. The second lecture was given by Dr. Mudasir M. Kirmani, who spoke about the role of computers in different fields. Finally, Dr. Bilal Ahmad Bhat spoke about the role of sampling in research. Using his own experience working with fisheries data, he offered an example for researchers to adopt.

National seminar on Better Data for Better Lives marks the birthday of the father of modern statistics at J&K

National Seminar on Better Data Better Lives

In the second technical session, Dr. Parmil Kumar, Head of Department of Statistics, University of Jammu, delivered an insightful lecture on “Better Data for Better Lives”, enlightening participants on the importance of data. Dr. Manish Kumar, Chief, Div. of Stats and Comp. Sciences delivered the second lecture, where he spoke about the contributions of PC Mahalanobis and the current state of statistics.

Following the technical sessions, the research papers submitted by the scholars were judged on their merit. Below are the winners:

Oral presentation

  1. Mehak Hafeez, Division of AAHM, FoFy, SKUAST-K got first place for Bacterial Load of Clostridium Perfringens in Aquatic Environment of Dal Lake, Kashmir, co-author, Irfan Ahmad and Bilal Ahmad Bhat
  2. Teacher. Ronika Yousuf, VB Women’s College Rainawari for a study on fish consumption among the people of central Kashmir, co-author, Bilal Ahmad Bhat
  3. Ms. Keezia Khursheed, Division of AAHM, FoFy, SKUAST-K was awarded third place for the development of primary cell culture system of Schizothorax esocinus heart, co-author, Feroz A.Shah, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Adnan Abubakr , Shabir A. Dar, Asifa Wali

Poster presentation

  1. Professor Mimoona Shah VB Women’s College Rainawari got first place for Spatial Breakdown on Kashmiri speaking population and attitude of Kashmir Valley students towards their mother tongue
  2. Professor Sabiha Fatima, VB Women’s College Rainawari won second place for a study on the impact of social media in the COVID-19 pandemic, co-author, Afreen Niyaz, Ronika Yousuf and Bilal Ahmad Bhat
  3. Insha Ismail, Women’s College, won third place for co-authored paper, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Shazia Naseem, Shazia Manzoor, Rasy Fayaz, Lubna Altaf, Intizar Ahmad

Farewell function

After the technical sessions, a farewell function was held in which Prof. Syed Javid Iqbal Kamili, Principal of Vishwa Bharti Women’s College was the chief guest. He interacted with the attendees and ensured to conduct such conferences from time to time so that every researcher stays informed and benefits from the presence of peers, mentors and senior scientists at the conference.

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