Dr C.R. Rao is a Lok Rathna: Governor

Hyderabad: Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan today described Dr C.R. Rao as Lok Rathna. He said it was a proud moment for him and a matter of privilege to release the book on Dr C.R. Rao, who has simplicity and humility personified. Dr Rao is a genius and wished that as Dr. Rao is completing 100 years next year, his centenary celebrations be held in Hyderabad.

Releasing “C.R. Rao Jeevitham: Krishi” a biography of Dr C.R. Rao, distinguished scientist and eminent statistician, translated into Telugu by Dr Avula Manjulatha, former Vice Chancellor of Telugu University, Narasimhan said that in 1963 when Dr C.R. Rao was conferred the Shantiswaroop Bhatnagar award, he contributed the amount to National Defence Fund. He said that was the kind of Indianness that was needed today. Governor recalled that Dr. Rao was a good cook in the kitchen but he never mixed cooking with statistics and cooking numbers is not part of statistics. He said some level of professional integrity is called for in the field as statistics is often used as a decision making tool. He also sanctioned Rs 1 lakh from the Governor’s discretionary grants fund to the C.R. Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences (AIMSCS) to be utilised for research purpose.

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Dr Manjulatha, author of the translated work on biography of Dr. C.R. Rao, said that during one of her visits to Dr Rao’s residence a long time ago, she sought his permission to pen his biography and then Dr Rao himself presented a copy of his biography written by Nalini Krishnamurthy in English and wished that the same be translated into Telugu. She said Dr. C.R. Rao was a genius at the age of 30 itself and hoped that her book will be inspirational to students, who wish to pursue not only the field of statistics but any other studies.

Vimala Narasimhan, Dr Arunachalam, former Vice Chancellor of Dravida University, Prof. S.V. Sathyanarayana, Vice Chancellor, PSR Telugu University, Dr. U. Yugandhar, Director, C.R. Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences, Satyanarayana Reddy, Director of Telugu Academy, Harpreet Singh, Principal Secretary to Governor, attended the program.

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