The P.G. department of statistics was established in the year 1955 as a part of school of social sciences and was merged with school of sciences in the year 1963. Statistics was offered as a subject in option to Electricity and magnetism at UG level in the faculties of Arts and Science until 1961. Teaching of statistics as a main subject was introduced at UG & PG level in 1962 in its affiliated colleges. PG courses in statistics for M.Com. are offered by the School of Commerce. In addition to PG courses the PG department offers courses leading to M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. The major thrust areas in which research is carried out are multivariate analysis, statistical inference, O.R, SQC, Econometrics, Quantitative Methods, Distribution Theory, Life testing and reliability and Robustness. The large number of research papers have been published in reputed journals in India and abroad. The department is identified by the UGC under Departmental Research Support and COSIST programs. The department was selected as centre by the UGC for curriculum Development with late- professor C. G. Khatri as its co-ordinator in 1980 for modernizing and updating syllabus in statistics at different levels in order to cater to the needs of other disciplines.
The students offering for M.Sc. Ph.D program are generally career oriented. Statistics is useful in Government offices, Industries, Research Institutions, Business houses, Bank etc. There is a wide spectrum of application at many places. The topic like sampling methods for survey are useful in quality management for Industries. Due to the recent development for ISO 9000 series and the progress of Taguchie Techniques, applications of statistics have become very relevant. Moreover, econometric methods, design of experiment, time series analysis have ample scope for their practical use. With the - 2 - growth of BBA, BCA, MBA, CA, MCA, CS, the usefulness of subject is increased tremendously. Hence, the programs are career oriented. Statistical tools and techniques have their own importance in day to day life and various disciplines. It has wider horizons for its applications and the progress achieved in the theoretical development of the subject increases the responsibilities of the practitioners. The relevant practical problems on the other hand generate more creative ideas for a research-worker. This has an advantage over all the applications concerned in different fields and thus the growth of the subject goes on increasing day by day. The faculty of the department has produced a steady output of research papers which would be too many to be listed. Faculty members here authored and co-authored several text-books in statistics and published by well known publishers including the Gujarat Granth Nirman Board and Gujarat Text-book Production Board