The Department of Statistics, Patna University , is the fourth oldest Department Of Statistics in India was Established in 1949 for teaching Statistis at the Master's level (M.A and M.Sc. level) and providing guidance to research scholars leading to the Ph.D Degree in Statistics. The teaching of the subject at the undergraduate level began in 1956 to cater the needs of all the colleges under Patna University. After opening of a separate Undergraduate Department of Statistics at B. N. College in 1980, the students of other colleges continue to attend classes at this Department.
Besides M.A./ M.Sc. course in Statistics, the Department has been conducting a One-Year PostGraduate Diploma Course in Computer Applications and One-Year Postgraduate Diploma in Acturial Science under self financing scheme.
The Department is located in the half portion of the building known as Mathematics / Statics Block in the Patna Science College campus. It has two fully air-conditioned computer laboratories and an air conditioned server room with state of-the-art computer systems with the internet facilities, ceiling fitted LCD projectors, etc. The Department owns a number of softwares and it has a very rich libarary having a good collection of books and journals of Statistics, Computer Science and Mathematics.
There is a Population Research Centre attached with this Department. The Head of the Department of Statistics is ex-officio Honorary Director of this Centre. It is funded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The main function of the centre is to conduct statistical investigations in the fields such as population, health and family welfare, etc.