The ‘Stat Circle’ is a society formed by the students of the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo. The aims of the Stat Circle are to enhance the statistical knowledge of the students and the outside community and to communicate and exchange ideas with other societies, universities, the industry and school children.
The most prominent event of the Stat Circle, Stat Day 2017, was held on the 30th of March, 2017 at the Main auditorium of Faculty of Graduate Studies with the participation of many distinguished guests from the government sector, private sector and academia. In addition undergraduates from state universities and school students also gathered for this outstanding event.
Statistics plays a vital role in changing the future of the world for betterment. With the arrival of globalization the world has become more interconnected and thereby, more complex. Due to this explosive growth in the financial industry and the global economy, high quality statistics are pivotal in facilitating the policy making in both private and public sectors. Thus, contribution of statistics for this new and rapidly changing environment has become of even greater importance.
Therefore, Stat Circle presented “Statistics for a Better Tomorrow” as the theme of Stat Day – 2017 which was organized succefully for the 14th consecutive time, to highlight the importance of statistics as the path to a better tomorrow.
The Platinum Partner for the event was Millenium IT Software (PVT) Ltd., the Gold Partner was Moody’s Analytics and the Silver Partners were David Peries Motor Company Ltd, MAS Holdings, nCinga (PVT) Ltd. and Linear Squared (PVT) Ltd. Inter University Quiz Partner for the event was Spark Actuarial (PVT) Ltd. The event was covered by Colombo Beacon and FOS Media.
The spotlight of the event was the keynote speech delievered by Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka. With his vast experiences and knowledge, he was able to awe the audience with his speech. In his speech, he highlighted the prospects, plans and policies of the government of Sri Lanka and the role of Statistics and Statisticians.
Another highlight of the event was the guest speech delivered by the Dr. Amara Satharasinghe, Director Genaral of the Department of Census and Statistics. In his speech he emphasized the importance of Statistics for measuring sustainable development of a nation.
The Inter School Poster Competition which was conducted for the schools of western province added color to the event. This was organized for the first time by the Stat Circle in coinciding with the Stat Day – 2017. A team of 5 members were entered in the competition by each participated school and in advance to the competition Stat Circle organized two workshops for the participants to improve their knowledge on Statistics. After these workshops participants submitted their posters from which the top 5 posters were displayed at Stat Day – 2017. The championship of the competition was won by Ramanathan Hindu Ladies College – Colombo and 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places were won by Holy Family Convent – Bambalapitiya, Visakha Vidyalaya – Colombo, Kolonnawa Balika Vidyalaya, and Hindu Ladies College – Colombo respectively.
Marking the end of the morning session was another key episode of the Stat Day 2017, the panel discussion. The panelists were Dr. Asoka Ramanayake – Senior Lecturer of Department of Statistics, University of Colombo, Mr. Chamara Gunathilake – Senior Vice President, Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services Lanka (PVT) Ltd., Dr. Dileepa Ediriweera – Lecturer in Medical Informtaics, Faculty of Medicine University of Kelaniya, Mr. Ravi Bamunusinghe – Managing Director/Lead Researcher of Research Consultancy Bureau. The audience was intrigued by their ideas on the theme of the event “Statistics for a Better Tomorrow”.
The evening session of the event was allocated for the Prof. V.K. Samaranayake Memorial Inter University Quiz Competition. Quiz teams from several state universities took participation for this event. After the initial rounds of the quiz, there was a tie for the championship between University of Colombo and University of Kelaniya teams. From the tie break round, University of Colombo team emerged as the champions of the Prof. V.K. Samaranayake Memorial Quiz and University of Kelaniya emerged as the Runners-Up. End of the quiz competition marked the conclusion of another successful and a memorable Stat Day.