"Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access"

Empowering underprivileged students through legal education.

About us

The IDIA project was initiated to reach out to these marginalized and under-represented groups, sensitize them to law as a viable career option and help interested students acquire admission to these law schools. It is hoped that such access to legal education would go some way towards empowering the marginalized and underprivileged students and the communities that they represent.

Why law?

Legal education is just not about memorizing hundreds of legal maxims and cases. Rather, a good legal education enables the cultivation of personal autonomy, intellectual independence and the development of critical life skills beyond the traditional goals of teaching/training/learning of specific skills.

Research

The IDIA Project seeks to empower marginalised communities by fostering access to the leading law schools. Along with sensitisation and intensive training programs, IDIA will also attempt to drive policy in the area of “inclusive” legal education and “diversity” within law schools and the legal profession.

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Help Our (Mooter) Scholar: Shivam

Our scholar, Shivam, will represent West Bengal National University of Juridical...

The Inspirational Story of Mahabur and a few Thank You’s

“A judge”, I ask. “Why?” With a soft smile, she says: “I like solving disputes and...

IDIA Joins with Global Firm O’Melveny & Myers to Launch  Singapore Internship for Team Leaders

April 9, 2014 — IDIA and international law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP (“O’Melveny”)...

Internship Program for Law Students at IDIA for May/June, 2014

The IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) project is a pan...

Jharkhand State Scholarship for IDIA Scholar Yogendra Yadav

Yogendra Yadav, an IDIA 2012 scholar, is a second year student at National University of...

Live the Celluloid Magic: IDIA Film Festival at NUJS

“It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch...

IDIA unveils the profiles of the Batch of 2014 Scholars

Seasons greetings from IDIA to all our well wishers and advisors! Just in case you are...

Reflections from IDIA Scholar at NUALS: Shinto Mathews Abraham

Shinto Mathews Abraham, is an IDIA 2013 Scholar currently studying at NUALS Kochi

Life as I would call it was always a beautiful mess. Ask a 12th grader on what he wants to do after he steps out of school, he would find it almost impossible to answer. I was never an exception to this rule. Read on..

IDIA and the Next Phase of Growth: Our Hunt for a Leader

IDIA is now looking for a visionary CEO to head up its operations and take it to the next phase of growth. IDIA is registered as a Charitable Trust, and aims to empower underprivileged communities through legal education.

IDIA 2013 Highlights

IDIA wishes you a Splendid 2014! “I will not bid you a happy new year, but will bid the...

IDIA calls for Dramatic Entries! Romanticise the Law!

Who amongst us has not savoured reel-life court room dramas, be it the passionate...

Let there be light: Tech Mahindra Scholarships for 4 visually impaired IDIA Scholars

Diwali- the festival of lights has brightened the lives of a couple of IDIA scholars in...

Introspection: Are you really a part of the IDIA family or do you treat it as just another volunteering organisation?

A year back, you asked anyone at NALSAR what IDIA meant and they would have said, it...

IDIA scholars setting high benchmarks in law colleges apart from NLU’s

IDIA volunteers and administrators often face a recurring question from its supporters –...

Rajasthan Chapter – IDIA Sensitization at Kendriya Vidyalaya

On 30th October, 2013, the Rajasthan Chapter of IDIA, consisting of Team Leader Ashwini...

Report for IDIA – Nagaland Sensitization, 2013

The sensitization at Nagaland took place after the formation of team for the working...

Loreto Day School, Kolkata – Sensitization

On the 24th of September 2013, a team from the West Bengal Chapter of IDIA conducted a...

IDIA Scholars – Madan P., Sayantan Adhya

IDIA wishes to introduce our Donors, Board of Advisors and all well wishers to our...

IDIA Research and Policy Wing – IDIATE

  The IDIA Research and Policy Wing has been rechristened as IDIATE to reflect its...

OF LAW, KIDS and CHAI – IDIA GOES TO NAGPUR

Expanding it horizons, IDIA conducted a sensitization programme at Nagpur that was...

Sayantan Adhya

The first thing you would notice about Sayantan when you meet him, is not his visual...

Shinto Mathews Abraham

Shinto Mathews Abraham, IDIA 2013 Scholar
NUALS, Kochi

Shinto Mathews Abraham was born to NRI parents settled in Sharjah, from where he completed his secondary schooling. He hails from Pathanamthitta district of Kerala and his parents migrated to the middle-east very early in life. A bare reading of this introduction may give one the picture of a Malayali NRI child having all luxuries of life and a high standard of living. But truth sometimes is stranger than fiction! Shinto’s father suddenly

Md. Sarwar Ali

Sarwar Ali�s father, who runs a fast food stall never expected that his younger son...

Botta Venkateshwar Rao

When Botta Venkateshwar Rao was attending a training session, no IDIA trainer wanted to...

Ramesh Kumar Solanki

Ramesh Kumar Solanki�s father is a leather worker in Siwana village in Barmer,...

Priyanka Hazarika

Priyanka Hazarika grew up in Guwahati, Assam and completed her class XII from Cotton...

Madan Prakash

Madan Prakash, IDIA 2013 Scholar
ILS, Pune

Since childhood, Madan walked six kilometres everyday to attend the nearest school in his village in Karnataka. When other children of his age would play after school, Madan had to rush home and help his father till the land and grow ragi. His daily routine consisted of milking the cows and helping with the household chores.
One would not have

Vinatoli Yeptho

Vinatoli Yeptho, IDIA 2013 Scholar
National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

Vinatoli’s father works as a peon in a government office in Dimapur. She came across IDIA when a sensitisation camp was held in her school and students were informed that we help train law aspirants without adequate means, to realise their dream of a quality legal education. Vinatoli, already one of the

Uradi Vishnu

Uradi Vishnu, IDIA 2013 Scholar
National Law University, Jodhpur

Uradi Vishnu’s father passed away a few years back and since then, his mother who is a daily laborer tilling land, is the sole breadwinner of the family. The fact that he is visually impaired, does not also help his dreams of attaining higher education. But this young boy from Kadicherla village in Andhra Pradesh seems undaunted by the challenges life throws at him time and again!

Pritam Das

Pritam Das, IDIA 2013 Scholar
DoL Hazra, CU, Kolkata

The first thing that would strike you if you met Pritam is his earnest face, which speaks of the dedication and drive he has in himself. Hailing from Basanti, a small village in the Sunderbans, West Bengal, he was born to a shopkeeper and a homemaker. He had never dreamed about becoming a lawyer,

Namrata Dubey

Namrata Dubey, IDIA 2013 Scholar
SCLC, CU, Kolkata

One of our brightest and most dedicated scholars, Namrata completed her higher secondary education from Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan and is now studying law at the South Calcutta Law College, Calcutta University. Her father is a shopkeeper whose monthly income amounts to a meager 6000 rupees. She loves reading and was one of the editors of her school magazine

Tuhina Parveen

Tuhina Parveen, IDIA 2013 Scholar
SCLC, CU, Kolkata

Tuhina Parveen is an extremely bright, capable student who has been preparing for CLAT under IDIA since last year. Her father who was an advocate, passed away when she was quite young and she and her two siblings, a younger sister and brother have been brought up by her mother single handedly since then, who is a housewife. To say the least, Tuhina’s life

Bankim Mandal

Bankim Mandal, IDIA 2013 Scholar
JCCC, CU, Kolkata

Bankim Mandal hails from a small village Satyanarayanpur, in the agriculture heartland of Bengal. His father is a farmer by profession and his mother is a homemaker. They have about 3-4 bighas of ancestral land, on which his father farms. Agriculture is the only source of income for the family. Bankim did his Madhyamik (Class 10) from a local school in his village.

IDIA Scholar Karthika Annamalai wins the CNN IBN Zindagi Live Award

Life has thrown many challenges at Karthika and tested her at the best of times as well...

IDIA Scholar Sanjana Roy performs well in HNLU: Meenakshi Kurpad shares her story

The first time I met Sanjana Roy-she was seated in the first row in a large examination...

My Right to be Heard: B M Aravind

Since my childhood, I dreamt of visiting Delhi at least once. I read a lot about Delhi...

A Run to Remember – IDIA NUJS at the Amity Kolkata Half Marathon

February 3, 2013 3rd February, 2013, 6:15 AM. It was a chilly Sunday morning in Kolkata,...

IDIA Sensitization at Somaiya University / educational complex

The Somaiya University / educational complex is located in Vidyavihar, Ghatkopar (East),...

IDIA sensitization at K J Somaiya Junior College of Arts and Commerce, Ghatkopar, Mumbai

The IDIA team consisting of Shreya Parikh, Smriti Bahety, Heena Rohra and Prajna...

Jitholi Report (9th November, 2012 & 23rd December, 2012)

9th November, 2012: A team comprising of Diptoshree Basu, Shivain Vaidialingam,...

Murshidabad Sensitisation

IDIA West Bengal Chapter commenced the academic year 2012-2013 by embarking on a weekend...

Donnie Ashok

Donnie Ashok, IDIA 2012 Scholar
GNLU, Gandhinagar

Donnie Ashok’s story is a truly inspiring one of someone who literally and metaphorically rose from the ashes to secure a seat at one of India’s prestigious National Law Universities (NLUs). Donnie’s father is a painter by profession with an annual income of less than Rs. 1.5 lakhs.
Owing to severe financial problems faced by

Sooraj S

Sooraj S, IDIA 2012 Scholar
NUALS, Kochi

Sooraj S. hails from a remote village of Kollam District in Kerala. His father runs a medical shop and his mother is a home maker. The family runs on a nominal annual income of about Rs. 44,000. He came to know about IDIA through Raghul Sudheesh who was one of the team leaders. Under his guidance..

Namrata Srivastava

Namrata Srivastava, IDIA 2012 Scholar
NLUO, Cuttack

Namrata Srivastava is from Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh and belongs to a family of four, living on a meager pension income of Rs. 18,000 per annum. Namrata was 16 when she lost her father to liver cancer. She did her schooling from Lucknow Public School and despite many hardships, secured 85% in her CBSE X exams and 79% in her CBSE XII exams.

Avadhuta Vamshi Krishna

Avadhuta Vamshi Krishna, IDIA 2012 Scholar
NLUO, Cuttack

Avadhuta Vamshi Krishna hails from the Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh. His father runs a small textile store in the village and earns an annual income of Rs. 40, 000 on which the entire family survives while his mother is a housewife. Vamshi has been studying in Hyderabad at the Devnar Foundations

Gudduru Sudheer Reddy

Gudduru Sudheer Reddy, IDIA 2012 Scholar
NLUO, Cuttack

Gudduru Sudheer Reddy hails from the Nalgonda district in Andhra Pradesh. His father, the sole bread-winner of the family, is a factory worker bringing home an annual income of Rs. 58, 000 while his mother is a housewife. Sudheer who was visually impaired since birth, left home when he was in kindergarten and has been studying at the Devnar Foundations school

Narala Chenna Reddy

Narala Chenna Reddy, IDIA 2012 Scholar
NLUO, Cuttack

Narala Chenna Reddy hails from a family of farmers, living in a village in the Ongole District of Andhra Pradesh. His combined family income is a meagre Rs. 4000 a month. He is also visually impaired. However, neither his family’s modest financial condition nor his visual impairment stopped Chenna from making the most of the chance he got to pursue his education,

Priscilla Lalnanpuii

Priscilla Lalnanpuii, IDIA 2012 Scholar
NLUO, Cuttack

Priscilla Lalnanpuii hails from Chhinga Veng, Aizawl in Mizoram. Her father runs a small business, bringing home a monthly income of Rs. 12,000 for a family of four, including Priscilla, her mother and her younger brother, who studies in Class IX at present. From her very childhood, Priscilla has always been a bright and sincere student.

Yogendra Yadav

Yogendra Yadav is an IDIA scholar at NUSRL, Ranchi. He comes from a Naxalite prone...

Lucy Hmingthanzuali

Lucy Hmingthanzuali, IDIA 2012 Scholar
NUJS, Kolkata

Lucy Hmingthanzuali is an 18 year old from Aizwal, Mizoram. Her mother, who is a Sub-Inspector in the Economics and Statistics Department, Government of Mizoram is the sole earning member of her family of four, after Lucy’s father passed away. Their combined family income is a modest Rs. 18,000, per month. She completed