simultaneously with his Doctoral Programme and passed the ‘Diplome de Langue Francaise’ with ‘mention honorable’ in 1955. Prof. Medhi pursued his Doctoral programme under the guidance of Prof. R. Fortet. In 1956, the University of Paris conferred the degree of Dr-es-Sc (D.Sc) on him with mention ‘Tres-Honorable’. During his stay in France Prof. Medhi had the good fortune of meeting intellectual giants like Emile Borel, Maurice Frechet and Jacques Hadmard.
In 1956, Prof. Medhi came back to Assam and joined the Department of Statistics at the Gauhati University as a Lecturer. In the same year he was promoted to the post of a Reader and in 1963 he became a Professor and Head of the same department. He continued his service in the same post till his retirement in 1985. During 1979 to 1985 he was also the Director of the Population Research Centre, Gauhati University and was the Dean, Faculty of Science of Gauhati University from 1972 to 1975. During the period from 1956 to 1985, Prof. Medhi guided ten research scholars for their Ph.D degree in diverse fields like Time Series Analysis, Univariate and Multivariate distributions, Stochastic Processes, Econometrics, Demography, Operations Research, Optimization Theory and Mathematical Logic; wrote around fifty research papers most of which were widely acclaimed throughout the world; visited University of Montreal, Canada (1967-1969); McMaster University, Canada (1984,1993); University of Wisconsin, USA (1985) and University of Toronto, Canada (1982, 1987) in different capacities of Visiting Professor/Scientist/ Fellow, apart from writing several books some of which are now considered to