Rahul Mukherjee

Rahul Mukherjee


Retired Professor, now National Science Chair
Academic Group: Operations Management


Phone No.: +91-33-24239712
Email ID.: rmuk


Personal Details:

Birth: 09 February, 1956 Citizenship: Indian Hobbies: Travel, with special interest in Europe, the far east and India

Contact Details:

Postal address: Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Joka, Diamond Harbour Road, Kolkata 700 104, India Phone Nos: Office: 033-2467-8300/8301 Residence: 033-2423-9712 Mobile: 92316-86058 Fax No: 033-2467-8307 E-mail: rmuk@iimcal.ac.in, rmuk0902@gmail.com


Academic Background:

Ph.D. [Science, in Statistics]: 1982: University of Calcutta; Ph.D. program started in May, 1979, due to delayed publication of M.Sc. results, and thesis submitted after 18 months in November, 1980;
M.Sc. [Statistics]: 1977: University of Calcutta; rank first in first class, gold medalist, with a record difference of marks with the second;
B.Sc. [Honors in Statistics]: 1975: University of Calcutta; rank first in first class, with record breaking performance;
Higher Secondary: 1972: West Bengal Board of Secondary Education; first division; rank 7th among 140,000 candidates.

Courses Taught:

Statistics for Management; Mathematical Analysis


1 Emeritus Scientist [lifelong], 2023-, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi. 2 National Science Chair, 2021-24 [the most well-known fellowship from the Government of India for superannuated resident Indian scientists]. 3 Recipient, P.V. Sukhatme National Award in Statistics, 2018 [lifetime achievement award; highest award in the field of statistics from Government of India for Indian nationals]. 4 Recipient, Mahalanobis International Award, 2017 [lifetime achievement award for a statistician from a developing country; instituted by the Government of India and implemented by the International Statistical Institute, The Netherlands, with an international jury]. 5 Platinum Jubilee Speaker, 2012, Indian Science Congress Association. 6 Recipient, J.C. Bose National Fellowship, 2010-15, 2015-20 [the most well-known scholarship from the Government of India for resident Indian scientists]. 7 Recipient, S.S. Bhatnagar Award in mathematical sciences, 2000 [the most well-known scientific award from the Government of India for resident Indian scientists]. 8 Recipient, National Award in Statistics in honor of Professor C.R. Rao, 2001[from the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, Government of India]. 9 Fellow, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, USA [elected in 1999]. 10 Fellow of all the three national level science academies in India: a: Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi [FNA, elected in 2003] b: Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore [FASc, elected in 2001] c: The National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad [FNASc, elected in 2003] 11 Recipient, Indian Science Congress Association Young Scientists' Award, 1985.

Consulting Interests:

Adviser, Molecular Simulations Inc., San Diego, USA. Invited speaker at the European meeting of their Formulations Group, Paris, France, 2000.

Current Projects:

Actively engaged in research in theoretical and applied statistics.


Work Experience:

  1. Professor, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, 1989-2021; in the Higher Academic Grade since its inception in 2009; superannuated in 2021.
  2. Member, National Statistical Commission, Government of India, 2013-16.
  3. Previously, Professor, Indian Statistical Institute; was awarded an out-of-turn promotion there to full professorship in 1989 at the age of thirty three.
    Also held long- or short-term visiting positions at many institutions including:
    1. Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA
    2. Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, USA
    3. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
    4. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
    5. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA
    6. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
    7. University of Georgia, Athens, USA
    8. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
    9. University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
    10. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, USA
    11. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
    12. University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
    13. University of Toronto, Canada
    14. University of Waterloo, Canada
    15. Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada
    16. University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
    17. Hiroshima University, Japan
    18. Chiba University, Japan
    19. Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
    20. Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea
    21. Peking University, China
    22. Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China
    23. Nankai University, Tianjin, China
    24. University of Hong Kong, China
    25. Hong Kong Baptist University, China
    26. Institute of Statistical Science, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
    27. National University of Singapore, Singapore
    28. University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    29. Kuwait University, Kuwait
    30. University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

  4. Editorial board member of international journals like [selective list]
    1. The Annals of Statistics, 1995-2009
    2. Biometrika, 2008-21
    3. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, 2000-04
    4. Statistica Sinica, 1993-2020
    5. Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, 2003-21
    6. Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, 1992-2008

    * Continuously for over a quarter century [1995 - 2021], on the editorial boards of one or more top journals in statistics [Annals of Statistics, Biometrika and Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B].
  5. Grant or research proposal reviewer:
    1. National Science Foundation, USA
    2. National Security Agency, USA
    3. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada
    4. Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, UK
    5. University Grants Committee, Hong Kong
    6. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India

  6. Committee membership:
    1. Indian Statistical Institute: Governing Council [six two-year terms 2004-10, 2014-16, 2020-24]; Policy, Planning and Evaluation Committee, 2010-14, 2020-22
    2. Presidency University, Calcutta: Mentor Group, Council and Governing Board, 2011-
    3. Ashoka University, Delhi/Haryana: Advisory Group, Statistics and Data Sciences, 2021-
    4. Committee on Nominations, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, USA, two terms 2005-06 and 2008-09
    5. Program Committee, Bernoulli Society, for the 56th Session of the International Statistical Institute, Lisbon, 2007
    6. Quinquennial Review Team, Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, 2006-07
    7. Program Committee, 54th Session of the International Statistical Institute, Berlin, 2003
    8. Program Advisory Committee in Mathematical Sciences, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, 2001-07
    9. Panel in Statistics, University Grants Commission, Government of India, 1997-98

  7. Member [2017-20], Board of Directors, Gas Authority of India Limited, a Maharatna or highest level public sector company under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India.


Journal Publications:

  • Author/co-author of over 250 papers, all refereed. These include 39 papers in top journals in statistics: 
  • Annals of Statistics: 10 papers 
    Biometrika: 23 papers 
  • Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B: 5 papers 
  • Journal of the American Statistical Association: 1 paper 
    This is by far the highest number of publications in top journals of this level, among living resident Indians in the field of statistics. 

    Ten selected papers: 

  • Design of order-of-addition experiments, 2019, with J. Peng and D.K.J. Lin. Biometrika 106, 683-694
  • Using standard tools from finite population sampling to improve causal inference for complex experiments, 2018, with T. Dasgupta and D.B. Rubin. Journal of the American Statistical Association 113, 868-881
  • A complementary set theory for quaternary code designs, 2013, with B. Tang. The Annals of Statistics 41, 2768-2785
  • Optimal fractions of two-level factorials under a baseline parametrization, 2012, with B. Tang. Biometrika 99, 71-84
  • Optimal factorial designs for cDNA microarray experiments, 2008, with T. Banerjee. The Annals of Applied Statistics 2, 366-385
  • On confidence intervals associated with the usual and adjusted likelihoods, 1999, with N. Reid. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B 61, 945-953
  • On the optimality of orthogonal array plus one run plans, 1999. The Annals of Statistics 27, 82-93
  • On the existence of saturated and nearly saturated asymmetrical orthogonal arrays, 1995, with C.F.J. Wu. The Annals of Statistics 23, 2102-2115
  • Bayesian and frequentist Bartlett corrections for likelihood ratio and conditional likelihood ratio tests, 1992, with J.K. Ghosh. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B 54, 867-875
  • Conditional likelihood and power: Higher order asymptotics, 1992. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, Series A 438, 433-446


  • All conference papers were subsequently published either in refereed journals or refereed book chapters.

Research Interests:

  • Statistics: asymptotic theory, design of experiments, survey sampling, and other areas.

Books/Book Chapters:

  • Randomized Response: Theory and Techniques, 1988, with A. Chaudhuri. Marcel Dekker, New York, xvi+162 pages
  • A Calculus for Factorial Arrangements, 1989, with S. Gupta. Springer, Berlin and New York, vi+126 pages
  • Fractional Factorial Plans, 1999, with A. Dey. John Wiley & Sons, New York, xii+212 pages
  • Probability Matching Priors: Higher Order Asymptotics, 2004, with G.S. Datta. Springer, Berlin and New York, x+127 pages
  • A Modern Theory of Factorial Designs, 2006, with C.F.J. Wu. Springer, Berlin and New York, x +221 pages