Posts by Diptasri Basu

IDIA Scholars – Madan P., Sayantan Adhya

By on Aug 27, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

IDIA Scholars – Madan P., Sayantan Adhya

IDIA wishes to introduce our Donors, Board of Advisors and all well wishers to our Scholars for 2013 who are now studying in law schools around the country. These Scholars have braved all odds to secure the coveted seats and made IDIA extremely proud! This week, we introduce to you Sayantan Adhya at RMLNLU, Lucknow and Madan P. at ILS Law College, 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 blamed this boy from Gudemaranahalli village in Solur District, had he decided to give up formal education early in life. But Madan knew that the only way he could alleviate his poverty was through education. After topping his batch in the village school, he came to Bangalore with his uncle to complete his secondary education. Madan says that coming to Bangalore changed his entire perspective. He encountered people speaking fluent English and quickly realised the importance of learning this global language. Madan strove to score an overwhelming 95% marks in his Standard X, which was the highest marks in his Panchayat and in his Taluk and 96.3% in his higher secondary examinations. Career choices are often motivated by personal life experiences. It was easy for this achiever, to choose medical or engineering as a preferred career option, like most other meritorious students in the country. Madan however, chose law. He recollects the day when his father, being an agricultural labourer in Karnataka, lost his only piece of land over a legal dispute. The poor family could not afford a lawyer and his father had lamented that, had they been able to afford a lawyer, things would have turned out differently for the family. This childhood memory haunted Madan throughout his growing years and he dreamt of making legal services accessible to farmers and labourers. Currently studying at ILS, Pune and having secured a seat at HNLU through CLAT 2013, Madan is one of the our most hardworking and deserving scholars.   The first thing you would notice about Sayantan when you meet him, is not his visual impairment but the omnipresent smile on his face. His trainers say that Sayantan was one guy they were hopeful about, from the time he was selected through an aptitude test, even before he attended a single training session! A resident of Ariadaha near Kolkata and the middle child of a small businessman and housewife, Sayantan faced problems with his vision since he was four. After a failed surgery, that was meant to restore vision in his left eye, the doctors detected that he suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. Soon after, this disease also took away the vision in his right eye. Sayantan’s father had a small business of producing screws which were used as intermediary materials in the jute industry and his mother works with differently-abled children to provide vocational training to them. Unfettered by his disability or the financial difficulties faced by the family, his parents always egged him to study and excel in academics. He started preparing for CLAT since September 2012 and his mentors and trainers were confident that this hardworking and motivated child would surely crack CLAT. However, just one month before CLAT, when he was at the peak of his preparations, he suffered from another misfortune as his father succumbed to a massive heart...

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IDIA Research and Policy Wing – IDIATE

By on Aug 27, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

  The IDIA Research and Policy Wing has been rechristened as IDIATE to reflect its growing status and importance.  IDIA is essentially a revolution…a revolution to empower underprivileged students, convert them to leading advocates and create a more inclusive India. This revolution needs a constant churning of creative ideas and thoughts. We need someone of exceptional merit and brilliance to lead our IDEATE wing. So if you are someone with innate leadership skills and blessed with terrific research and advocacy skills and an ability to think out of the box, then do apply soon to lead the IDEATE team. Some of the earlier tasks undertaken, among others, by the IDIATE team include: 1. The IDIA Diversity Survey at National Law Schools; 2. Proposals to the CLAT Committee on various components of the CLAT paper in order to make it more inclusive and less dependent on prior knowledge of law. 3. IDIA Disability initiatives including liaising with law schools to foster more disability friendliness, devising strategies to effectively train visually impaired students, research on the aids required by them to pursue higher education; 4. Research and advocacy on instituting more scholarships for underprivileged students; 5. Reservation related issues with regard to higher education; 6. Issues pertaining to various areas of law with regard to the functioning of a not-for-profit Trust in India; 7. Preparing compendiums on ‘Law as a career in India’, IDIA Newsletters etc How to Apply: Students interested in applying for this position must send in their CV along with a Statement of Purpose highlighting why they think themselves worthy of this position and their vision for how they would lead the team and take the unit forward. Please send your application to dbasu@idialaw.com Selection Procedure: Selection would be on the basis of an interview and an assessment of prior experience and the Statement of Purpose submitted. Terms and Conditions: Once selected, the Leader will be on probation for 3 months during which time, he/she shall be evaluated on the work undertaken and performed. The Leader shall be paid a stipend each month, commensurate with his/her completed assignments and tasks undertaken within the designated deadline.  Also we have a tie up with the Herbert Smith Foundation pursuant to which all team leaders can access the Herbert Smith Programs/courses in India and interact with their partners etc. Once selected, you can avail of this too. We expect the candidate to be well versed with legal research tools, basic areas of law and proficiency with basic IT such as MS Word and MS Excel.   Please apply only if you have the time to work on this. We expect at least 2 hours on regular working days and at least 10-15 hours a week. You should also be willing to undertake some work during vacations. And must be contactable by phone/email. It is imperative that the prospective Leader be proactive and propose new research ideas and goals so as to help IDIA fulfill its objectives of fostering diversity, inclusiveness and ultimately empowerment of the marginalized. So please apply only if you truly identify with our cause and have the time and inclination to really make a difference!...

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IDIA Scholar Karthika Annamalai wins the CNN IBN Zindagi Live Award

By on Apr 2, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

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 as the worst. While many would have succumbed under the pressure and chosen to surrender, she has not only refused to give in, but has also fought against all odds to be where she is now and team IDIA is proud to have her as a part of our extended family. In recognition of her spirited struggle against all the obstacles and setbacks that can instill courage and hope amongst many others, Karthika has recently been felicitated with the prestigious Zindagi LIVE Award organized by CNN-IBN. The glittering awards ceremony was held at Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi, with Sheila Dikshit, the Chief Minister of Delhi, being the Chief Guest and Gautam Gambhir and Aishwarya Rai Bachhan being the Guests of Honour. The IBN Zindagi LIVE Awards, an extension of an acclaimed talk-show of the same name aired on IBN7, adhere to a unique process of selection, where the IBN7 Editorial Board deliberates to finalise the winners, keeping in mind their heart-rending stories and inspirational endeavours. Karthika was one of the 8 women thus chosen to represent the triumphant spirit of India’s women. Speaking about the award, Ashutosh, Managing Editor of IBN7, said, “We are delighted to have instituted Zindagi LIVE Awards which complements the strength of the human spirit. This year we honoured eight fearless women, who challenged social stigmas and taboos and chose the zeal of life.” In the interview following up the award ceremony, Karthika was enthusiastic about the law school life that she is currently a part of and deeply appreciative of the role IDIA has played to show her the way. Already an enthusiastic participant in activities of providing legal aid to the needy as well rudimentary education to the children of the university staff members, Karthika is looking forward to different ways in which she can propel her legal education to make a difference in the lives of the people around her as deeply as...

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

By on Jan 19, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The IDIA team consisting of Shreya Parikh, Smriti Bahety, Heena Rohra and Prajna Mohapatra conducted the sensitization programme on law as a career option at the K.J. Somaiya Junior College of Arts and Commerce. Eleventh standard students from both the Arts and the Commerce streams attended the sensitization. The supervising administrative staff expressed the advantages of communicating in vernacular (i.e. Hindi or Marathi) to connect better with the demographic present in the classroom. Therefore, we improvised and used a fair bit of Hindi to optimise its interaction with the audience. There were approximately 100 students who attended the sensitization and about 20 of them showed interest in taking the IDIA aptitude test later this month. We are confident that many more will take the test when it is conducted. We set up a power point projector for the presentation and distributed the IDIA brochures among the students. We specifically discussed the role and importance of NLUs, the high fee structure prevailing in the NLUs, the requirement of law aspirants to undergo coaching to crack a standardized exam like the CLAT, etc. We also discussed the role of IDIA in helping students attain financial assistance/ fee waivers (in case of admission to the top 3 law schools) and training to crack the CLAT. We also presented a short skit enacting a court-room drama to demonstrate that argumentation is fun and law is not just about deciding what is wrong and what is right. We ended the sensitization programme with real life examples of IDIA scholars and invited questions from the audience. The students were shy and reluctant to speak up before the entire class to get their doubts addressed — however, many of them did personally come up to the IDIA team at the end of the presentation to understand more about how IDIA trains its students and the manner in which it handholds...

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