Empowering underprivileged students through legal education.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Shinto Mathews Abraham, IDIA 2013 Scholar
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
Madan Prakash, IDIA 2013 Scholar
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
Donnie Ashok, IDIA 2012 Scholar
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, IDIA 2012 Scholar
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, IDIA 2012 Scholar
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, IDIA 2012 Scholar
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, IDIA 2012 Scholar
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, IDIA 2012 Scholar
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, IDIA 2012 Scholar
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.
Lucy Hmingthanzuali, IDIA 2012 Scholar
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
Yugal Jain, IDIA 2012 Scholar
Yugal Jain is a visually impaired student from Rajasthan. He comes from a family of six with his father, a general store owner being the sole breadwinner having an annual income of less than Rs. 1.2 Lakhs. He started suffering from deteriorating vision when he was in the fifth standard. Having lost his eyesight
Karthika Annamalai, IDIA 2012 Scholar
‘My past can’t tie me down’ was the title Karthika Annamalai gave to a write-up she gave us on herself. She studied at Shanti Bhavan, a non-profit organization for children from economically and socially deprived families. Before Karthika was found by Shanti Bhavan in 1997, she was being taken care of by a small convent that gave her food and shelter. Her mother, a widow