The Statistics unit came into existence in 1968 as a part of Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The unit really became functional with the appointment of three regular teachers of Statistics in 1974 under the esteemed leadership of outstanding statistician and researcher in the field of Bayesian Reliability Analysis, Professor Samir K. Bhattacharya. Professor Bhattacharya was the first Professor of Statistics, who became the Head of combined Department of Mathematics and Statistics during the period 1989-1995.