LOS ANGELES, CA - Amongst a big turnout of scholars, academicians, friends and supporters , Dr. Monica Smith, distinguished scholar with many accolades to her credit, including her discovery of over 2000 years old sites in Odisha, was announced the Chair holder of the Navin & Pratima Doshi Chair in Archaeology...
The original intention was to have a Chair for studies of ancient India and there could not be a better place than having it in Indian archaeology. Megan Kissinger, the Executive Director of Development, introduced the Doshis to Dean Durani and a request was made to have the chair moved to Indian archaeology. Professor Monica Smith fit the bill to occupy the Chair Doshi said adding that the two chairs at UCLA has encouraged many more donors to establish more chairs in Southern California.
In her address Dr. Monica Smith with her power point presentation and in depth research done in India stressed on the importance of studying archaeology for human history. “it is not just digging, but to preserve and learn about our past and how advanced they were,” she said. Smith emphasized that the research work in India is done with the permission of the Archaeological Survey of India and the State Department of Archaeology, Odisha, and in collaboration with Prof. R.K. Mohanty, Deccan College, Pune. She further stated, “We are sincerely appreciative to the many individuals in India who have supported our work and to the many students of Indian universities who have joined us, including Deccan College; Jawaharlal Nehru University; Raipur University; Utkal University; Ravenshaw College; Visva-Bharati Santiniketan; University of Calcutta; and M J P Rohilkhand University, Bareilly”.
The research has been funded by many agencies, including the National Science Foundation (USA), The National Endowment for the Humanities/ American Institute of Indian Studies, National Geographic Society, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA Academic Senate, and the Ahmanson Foundation.