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The Mahalanobis International Award for a Statistician from a Developing Country

for Lifetime Achievements in Statistics in a Developing Country or Region


The Mahalanobis International Award is sponsored by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation of the Government of India. It is awarded to a selected statistician from a developing country in recognition of her/his lifetime achievements in Statistics and the promotion of best statistical practices in a developing country or countries. The award is given biennially during the ISI World Statistics Congress.

This initiative by the Government of India is intended to serve a dual purpose: a) honour Professor P. C. Mahalanobis for his lifetime contributions and achievements in Statistics; and b) recognise and stimulate progress in Statistics in developing countries.

The achievements of the candidate can be in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Innovative and concrete contributions to some field of application such as agriculture, economic development, education, health, industry, etc.
  2. Statistical capacity building at a national or regional level;
  3. Improvements of national or regional statistical systems and/or infrastructure;
  4. Enrichment of statistical methodology.

Nominations based on other criteria that are consistent with the spirit of Mahalanobis’s lifetime work will also be considered.

The 2015 ISI Mahalanobis Award was given to Dr. Carlos M. Jarque from Mexico.

The Mahalanobis Award Committee noted that `Dr. Jarque is a rare statistician who has made signal contributions to methodology as well as practice of statistics.’

Dr Jarque received his PhD in Economics from the Australian National University and has published more than 100 articles on research topics as well as social development and planning. The Jacque-Bera procedure for testing normality of errors in regression models has become a standard procedure in econometrics

Few people can match Dr. Jarque’s contributions to the development of statistics in their native country and/or in the international arena. He led the organization and implementation of eight national Censuses and established quarterly National Accounts. As President of Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Informatics (INEGI), he initiated the PROCEDE program which titled (in property) more than half of Mexico and a third of Mexico’s housing units. This was an unprecedented project worldwide, giving property titles to the population and opportunity to link geographic with socio-economic statistical data. He spearheaded the modernization of Mexico’s statistical and geographical information systems and promoted the use of data for economic planning. As Minister of Social Development, he championed the use of statistical data to design, monitor and evaluate social programs.

Internationally, he served (briefly) as Director of the ISI and later as Chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission.  At the Inter-American Development Bank, he worked to ensure that sound statistics are at the core of policy-setting and decision-making.  He introduced a set of statistical indicators to monitor progress of the Bank´s strategic framework, and chaired the committee that coordinated Bank-wide efforts to support attainment of Millennium Development Goals, including support to countries for their statistical capabilities. 

Dr. Carlos Jarque is a true statistician of the world and has devoted his professional career to the promotion of best statistical practices, use of data, the development of Statistics, and statistical capacity building.

The award was presented on July 30, 2015 at the ISI World Statistics Congress in Rio de Janeiro and was followed by a presentation by Dr Jarque.

Previous winners of the award are:

  • 2013: Dr. Lamine Diop (Senegal)
  • 2011: Professor Victor Yohai (Argentina)
  • 2009: Professor Pedro Morettin (Brazil)
  • 2007: Dr. Isidoro P. David (Philippines)
  • 2005: Professor Benjamin Kiregyera (Uganda)
  • 2003: Professor C. R. Rao (India)


The call for nominations for the 2017 award can be viewed here. The nomination form should be completed by the primary nominator and supported by one to three other sponsors. The nomination package should be submitted as a single package and must include the completed form, nominee’s CV, and supporting letters from the nominator and other sponsors. The supporting letters must provide compelling justification and concrete evidence of the nominee’s contributions.

The CV, letters of support, and all communications must be in English. Documents that are not in English should be accompanied by an English translation.

The completed package is submitted to the ISI Permanent Office.

The Mahalanobis award consists of:

  • An economy class return ticket to the ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC);
  • Per diem payment for accommodation and other living expenses while participating at the WSC
  • A monetary award of US$10,000.
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