The Fifth Elephant 2013

An Event on Big Data and Cloud Computing

Varsha Joshi


A Billion Snapshots- Principles and Processes in the Census of India

Submitted May 18, 2013

The session will explain how the Census of India 2011 was designed, canvassed, processed, and analysed, to obtain a detailed picture of a huge population of great diversity and complexity.


The Census of India 2011 is unmatched across in world not only in the size of the population covered, but also the quantity of data across various demographic dimensions collected per person. The session explains the basic principles of Census taking in India, which ensure quality results; how those principles were applied in process and design decisions, and how these decisions were implemented. It ends with a brief discussion of released Census results to date and their analysis and utility.



Speaker bio

Varsha Joshi is an IAS officer from the Union Territories Cadre, 1995 batch. She is presently Director Census Delhi as well as Director in the office of the Registrar General of India. She has conducted the Census of India 2011 for the NCT of Delhi.



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