Kiron Chandra Seal
Early life and education
Kiron Chandra Seal was born on 1st Dec 1928 in Bishnupur, West Bengal, India. He had a brilliant academic career, he graduated with Mathematics Honours in 1947 and completed M.Sc in Statistics in 1949 from Calcutta University Thereafter he served as a senior Research Scholar in the research and training division of the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta. He was awarded Smith-mundt Fulbright Scholarship by the US Government in 1952-1954 to pursue postgraduate research studies in USA. He obtained his A.M in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1953 and PhD in Mathematical Statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1954.
After his return to Calcutta in 1954 he was in charge of the Statistics Division of a multi-purpose river valley project (DVC) in Calcutta, and also as a part time teacher in the post graduate department of Statistics of Calcutta University. He joined the Govt of India in 1957 as a Senior Research Officer in the Heath Division of the Planning Commission, New Delhi. He shifted to Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour and Employment in 1959 and served as its Director between 1964-1967. He was seconded by the Government of India to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Regional Office of Asia, Bangkok during 1967-1970 to serve as Regional Expert on manpower projections. After returning to Delhi in 1970 he held a number of senior positions in the Indian Statistical Service of the Government of India - Director Planning and Evaluation in the Dept of Family Planning, Advisor Statistics in Labour, Employment and Manpower Planning, Ministry of Health, Family Planning and Programme Evaluation in the Planning Commission between 1974-1978, and 1986-1987 respectively; and thereafter as Director General, Central Statistical Organisation (CSO), Department of Statistics, Government of India between 1978-1986. He worked as Principal Advisor to the Institute of Applied Manpower Research, New Delhi during 1987-1988 as the Chief Technical Advisor of a UN Statistical Project in Kathmandu, Nepal, between 1988-1989 and then served as the Chief Technical Advisor of an ILO project in Lusaka, Zambia between 1990-1992.
He served as the President, Statistics Section of the Indian Science Congress at Ranchi in 1984; and a member of the National Advisory Board on Statistics setup by the Dept of Statistics, Govt of India in 1998. He was subsequently elected as a Founder Fellow of the Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics (FISAS) in 2003. He has served as a Member and Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics since 1978. He served as a Statistical Consultant to a number of UN organisations - ILO, UNESCO, WHO and UN Statistical Office, New York over various periods of time.
In January 2005 he was awarded the title of Sankhyiki Bhusan by the Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics for his significant contribution in the field of agricultural statistics.
He secured a special prize for his Research on Generalisation of Product Formula, published in the Journal of Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics in 1957 from the President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad. His research was based upon generalisation of Sir R.A. Fisher’s work on Gene linkage and was adjudged as the best research paper published in the Indian Journal of ICAS amongst all the papers published in the years 1956-1957.
Kiron Seal was conferred the title of Honorary Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, London in 1986.
- The Billion Plus Population-Another Dimension by K C Seal, P P Talwar (1994)
- Statewise Allocation of Central Plan Expenditure-Conceptual Problems by K C Seal (1988)
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