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A remarkable teacher: Remembering D-School's Elizabeth Krishna

Elizabeth Krishna worked at the Delhi School of Economics for about a decade and a half from the mid-1960s to late 1970s as a tutor, or teaching assistant

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T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan 

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Ask any educated person and he or she will remember one teacher with great fondness and gratitude. This article is about one such teacher.

A few weeks ago she passed away. Her name was Elizabeth Krishna and she had worked at the Delhi School of for about a decade and a half from the mid-1960s to late 1970s as a tutor, or teaching assistant. She had been recruited by K N Raj, a formidable economist of those years and a director of the Delhi School of . He was a strong believer in the tutorial system.

She was there when our batch passed through. Since she was a tutor, our contact with her was limited to one semester of four months and around six tutorials on . The same was true of everyone who went through those two post-graduate years during the ten years she was there. Two of her students, Pulok Chatterjee and Pramod Mishra, both from the same class, have gone on to become the principal secretary to two successive prime ministers of India. Amongst her more prominent students are Amit Mitra, ex-finance minister of West Bengal, Sudipto Mundle of the ADB, Ashok Lahiri, former CEA to name just a few.

Despite the briefness of the interactions with her she has left a lasting impression on them. Absolutely no one who she taught has forgotten her. Everyone acknowledges her contribution to their knowledge of . Without her we would have been completely lost.



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First Published: Sat, August 20 2022. 08:24 IST