Department Report 2014 - 2015

The academic year 2014 – 2015 began on a happy note with the teachers and students enthusiastically immersing themselves into the teaching – learning process and many add-on courses. The results of our students both in the Science and the Arts streams in the college exams were very encouraging. Nikhila Nair topped the TYBSc Statistics exams in the college exams while Thayyil Poojachristine topped the TYBA exams in Economics- Statistics .

The members of the Department apart from their regular teaching participated in the various activities. Ms Pooja Ochaney helped in organising a workshop for Aavishkar Research Convention on behalf of the University of Mumbai, on 4th July 2014. It was well attended by students from all South Mumbai colleges

A senior faculty member Ms Myrtle Fernandes accompanied eleven students of our college on an Educational Exchange Programme to Stern Business School (New York) during the summer vacation.

Ms S. Annapurna attended a one-day LATEX workshop at the Department of Statistics, University of Mumbai. Ms Pooja Ochaney and Ms S. Annapurna attended the BOS meeting at the Department of Statistics, University of Mumbai as special invitees in the month of August. Ms Pooja. H. Ochaney was invited as judge for a Debate competition at Narsee Monjee College as part of National Education Day.

Prof Saju.V. George conducted a course on Statistical Software for Social Sciences (SPSS) for students of the sociology department. Prof Piyali Unnikrishnan and S. Annapurna conducted a ‘Basic Course in R’ for the TYBSc and TYBA students. Prof S. Annapurna attended a UGC sponsored National seminar on “Sustainable Tourism- An Interdisciplinary Approach’ at Dr BMN College (SNDT) and presented the paper ‘An Exploratory Study and Data analysis of Sustainibility of Tourism in Elephanta Caves’.

Prof. Piyali Unnikrishnan attended a National seminar on ‘Cost Benefit Analysis’ at Thakur College of Science and Commerce and presented the paper ‘Cost Benefit Analysis of Genetically Modified Crops’.

Prof S. Annapurna attended a UGC sponsored National seminar on “ Vision India- the Road Ahead’ at Dr Valia College and presented a paper on Data analysis on Promoting tourism and a comparative study of caves in Mumbai’. Prof S. Annapurna conducted a oneday workshop on ‘Introduction to R–software’ at Maharshi Dayanand College.

Prof. Myrtle Fernandes, Prof Ayesha Dias and Prof Saju George and Prof S. Annapurna attended a one-day seminar on ‘Applications of Statistics’ at the Department of Statistics, University of Mumbai. The Department has, as every year, reached out beyond academics and involved students in various extra and co-curricular activities. Experts from the industry were invited to introduce students to the applications of Statistics in various fields.

A Market Research Programme was conducted for the first year students during the course of the academic year by Mr Pradeep Nair (IMRB) and Ms Maria Peres (Freelancer in the field of Market Research). Ms Geeta Zankar (IPSOS) conducted a two day workshop on EXCEL for the final year students. The Department in collaboration with Finstat academy has introduced a course on data science for the undergraduate science students.

The Department also conducted guest lectures by various organizations to familiarise students with different options for their future careers. Computrain conducted a half day workshop for our students so as to educate them on prospects of pursuing their future studies abroad. Arena Animation also had the opportunity to introduce our students to their animation courses. The Stats Society, a student representative body of the Statistics Department, under the able guidance of the teacher Co-ordinator Prof.

Ayesha Dias and the Treasurer Prof. Saju .V. George organised and conducted various events for the entire year. Our students were extremely enthusiastic and arranged a variety of educational programs for this purpose.

The Stats Society also organised ‘X-Statistic’ an inter-collegiate festival on 10th and 11th September 2014 which hosted a variety of interesting events such as Smart Shopping , IPL etc.. Such activities also encouraged students to engage in out-of-the-box thinking. The Stats Society was also responsible for organising the annual Statistics seminar at St. Xavier’s Villa, Khandala. The seminar was held on 7th and 8th of December 2014. Prof.

Pooja Ochaney, Prof. Myrtle Fernandes , Prof. Ayesha Dias and Prof. Saju George accompanied a group of 60 students for the seminar. Today the seminar remains an innovative platform for students to present papers on diverse topics that in turn also encourage discussions on the applications of Statistics in the real world.

Finally, the year ended with the launching of our much awaited annual magazine of the Department- ‘The Plot’.

Though the academic year of 2014-2015 has been very hectic, it has also proved to be an exceptionally enriching year and as this year comes to a close, we look forward to the challenges awaiting us in the year to come. Prof. Pooja Ochaney

Ms. Pooja Ochaney, 

Head – Department of Statistics




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