Personal Biography

Dr. Monica Das
Doctorate in Economics
Educationist, Writer, Filmmaker and Social Activist/Feminist Economist
  • Assoc. Professor of Economics, Delhi University (Retd.)
  • Fellow at Developing Countries Research Centre (DCRC), Delhi University
  • Member International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE)
  • Managing Trustee Fakir Mohan Foundation (Website:
  • Visiting Scholar at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 2000-2001
  • Ex-member of Working Committee for Career Counseling, Ministry of Human Resource Development Govt. of India
  • Currently Member Evaluation/Preview Committee for Self Financed Commissioning Scheme, Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India)
  • Ex Member Film Preview Committee, Doordarshan, Govt. of India
  • Formerly Member, Classical Dances of India Grading Committee
  • Vocal Artist All India Radio (AIR) till 1989
  • Ex Vice President, Odissa Forum, New Delhi

Interests and Highlights

Gender Studies

  • Authored/Edited book titled ‘Her story so far’ – Tales of the girl child
    • Published by Penguin
    • Officially released on the Girl Child day (24th. September 2003)
    • Two hundred copies of the book were purchased by (CEFL), Govt. of India and have been sent to two hundred institutes in India
  • Authored/Edited book titled 'The Other Woman'
    • Published by Harper Collins, 2010
        Research Papers/ Conferences:
  • Presented research paper on ‘The Impact of underage marriages in India and its impact on HDI (Human Development Index)' at the International conference of IAFFE at Boston University, Massachussets, USA, in June 2009 
    • Chaired a session there
    • Received travel grant for the same from UGC( University Grants Commission)
  • Invited to Oxford, England by IAFFE (International Association for Feminist Economics) for presenting a paper on ‘The girl child – a study in perspective’ at the conference  held in August 2004
  • Was invited by the Hawke Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide to present my paper ‘Girl child in India’ in April 2004
  • Presented a paper on ‘The frail femme in fiction and reality’ at the conference held in the American University, Washington DC, June 2005
  • Was a visiting scholar at  the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in the year 2000 – 2001 at  the Center for Research on Women’s Studies and Gender Relations. The University grants Commission funded my travel for the purpose and the fellowship was from UBC Vancouver Canada
  • Presented a paper at the conference on “Lived Environment of Girls and women” held at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada in the year 2001
  • Delivered a lecture on "Girl child labour" with special reference to Orissa, at the Portland State University, Oregon, USA in Dec. 2000
  • Participated in a workshop on female pedagogy and a panel on academics working with NGOs at the center for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations, UBC, CANADA
  • Presented a paper at the RamKheng University, Bangkok for the  International conference  co-sponsored by IAFFE( International Association for Feminist Economics), in June 2007; Also chaired session here
  • Presented a paper ‘Gender Perspectives’at the National Conference on ‘Narratives of  Women and the Indian Nation’, held at the Sadbhawana Bhawan, Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi, Nov 2007
  • Presented paper at the IAFFE conference held at Hangzhou, China in 2011
  • Attended the workshop on Statistical Applications for Gender Studies at the Statistical Institute of Beijing, China, 2011

  • Directed a telefilm on the life and works of Fakir Mohan Senapati, the eminent literateur  of India
    • Telecast on the National Channel in January 2003 the first time; several repeat telecasts thereafter
    • Won the award as the best docu-drama of the year at the DD Annual Awards function held at Bombay in November 2003
  • In September 2005, DVDs of the above film titled ‘Anwesan’ were produced by the Doordarshan Archives. It was officially released by the Chief Minister of Orissa and the CEO of Prasar Bharti. I was felicitated by the chief minister on the same occasion
  • Was invited by OSA, to Dallas, Texas, USA to screen my film ‘Anwesan’ on 4th July 2004
  • Screened at the Habitat Center on 31st  August 2003.
  •  Was on the Prasar Bharti (Govt. of India’s) Film preview Committee.
  • Have  authored the write- up on Odissi dance which accompanies the CD brought out for Door- Darshan Archives. It is part of Door – Darshan’s special series commemorating 100 years of recorded music in India. It was released in the month of June 2003 at the Habitat Center, New Delhi.