I am Monica Das, a teacher by profession, a thinker by nature, writer by reflexes, music practitioner by passion, a die-hard believer in the principle of harmony in society, an indulgent hopper in trying out things that are fascinating, a spontaneous responder to aesthetic experiences and a humble humanist by choice.
The path I traversed has been fairly wide, enough to enrich anyone, Born into an illustrious family by God’s grace. I draw my lineage from Vyasa Kavi Fakir Mohan Senapati. Spent delightful days of my childhood in the house which he built. Cradling within its walls where souls thrive on positive influences, where the air is charged with education, culture, and aesthetics helped me to get a jump start to my journey into the future. This is not to say that I managed to reach the skies. My life panned out only to be a modestly successful one. The significant fact is that I lived a life almost on my own terms without compromising on the balance in life. The odds in my life I handled myself and by and large stood my ground.
I received my education at premier institutions like the St. Joseph’s Convent, Barabati Girls School at the Bagha Jatin Memorial Hall. I did my intermediate in science from Lady Brabourne College, Calcutta University. Thereafter did my graduation in Economics Honours from Sambalpur University, Odisha. My post-graduation studies were in Allahabad University from where I completed my Masters in Economics and got the second position in the Univerisity. Allahabad University was considered the most coveted educational institution those days. This was followed by long years of teaching in a Delhi University college.
I finished my Ph.D., rather late in the day, in the middle of my career. The Ph.D. thesis was on Agricultural Economics. I started working under Prof. Baidyanath Mishra but finally ended up with Dr Tejammul Haque as my guide in Delhi. He was the chairperson of CACP, Ministry of Agriculture, Shastri Bhawan, Govt. of India, New Delhi. Apart from his guidance, my deep thanks to him for assisting me in getting secondary data which added immense value to my work.
Then came an offer to be a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. It almost landed on my lap, out of the blue or should we say by Providence. This opened up many windows for me. I traveled to many places around the globe for presenting papers at Universities happened. I have provided the details below. This was courtesy IAFFE ( International Association for Feminist Economics) of which I am a member.