Posts by Shreyashi Ray

Loreto Day School, Kolkata – Sensitization

By on Oct 11, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Loreto Day School, Kolkata – Sensitization

On the 24th of September 2013, a team from the West Bengal Chapter of IDIA conducted a sensitization at Loreto Day School, Sealdah. The team consisted of Ashutosh P Shukla, Shreyashi Ray, Prafful Goyal, Sammanika Rawat, Shailja Agarwal, Divya Thapliyal and me. The school is an English medium girl’s school affiliated to the West Bengal board and there were some 50 odd girls there, mostly from the humanities or commerce streams.   Shreyashi gave them a basic idea about law as a career option which was followed by Shailja giving the girls a first year’s view on law school. They were also made aware of the variety of experiences, and the exposure they would get at a National Law University. They were even told about some of the visitors of the NUJS, renowned individuals such as Usha Uthup and APJ Abdul Kalam, names that most of the girls were familiar with. Ashutosh asked the girls for their opinion about law and lawyers. Some girls with lawyers in their families answered from their experience. Certain myths were debunked and the girls were introduced to idea that not all law students end up as lawyers, the variety of options available to a law student where jobs are concerned were put before them.  He then proceeded to introduce them to IDIA, what its objectives are and how it goes about achieving them. They were also informed about the success story of an IDIA scholar from the school, Sanjana Roy, who cracked CLAT 2012. Then the aptitude test was started, 10 minutes were given to all candidates to fill in their personal details on the first two pages. The duration of the test itself was 50 minutes for attempting 40 questions, one of which was a subjective legal reasoning question, the rest all being objective questions. With the exception of a few minor queries raised by the girls, pin drop silence was maintained, as all of them solved the paper with utmost concentration. As soon as their time ended we collected the papers and almost immediately started correcting them. The highest score out of 46 was 25.5 and on the basis of scores we shortlisted 11 girls for the interview. On closer inspection of their annual income, we had to eliminate 4 students who came from privileged backgrounds.   The interviews started along the conventional lines by asking the interviewee about her parents and siblings and plans for the future etc.  The first two candidates were not very clear about law as a career option and seemed rather confused. It seemed pointless to continue with the interviews before the girls were properly acquainted with law and a mini-orientation of sorts was started for their benefit.  All the shortlisted girls were then called together and given a more detailed description of what law means, how much do law school graduates earn, the difference between the NLU’s and other law colleges etc. They were also told about CLAT, what it is ,what preparing for it entails and how IDIA enters the picture by helping them not only in getting them into a law school but also ensuring that they do not face any additional difficulties once they do. They were informed about the tie-up with LST, the additional coaching, the mentorship program, scholarships and other relevant information. The girls were addressed individually and were asked about their ambitions. They were informed, once again, of the exposure that only an NLU can provide them with. Their questions were answered. They were then told to go back home, take their time, consult their family, elders etc. and...

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

By on Feb 14, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

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, and the usually quiet and sleepy NUJS campus was abuzz with the energy of excited students eager to leave for Red Road. The occasion- the AMITY Kolkata Half-Marathon, which was a great platform for us to promote the noble cause of IDIA. The idea that was born in one of our meetings held in December was met with an encouraging response from the student body at NUJS. About 90 students registered, of which 65 were part of the Dream Run (4 km) and 25 were running the entire distance of 21 kms. Dressed in white IDIA T-shirts which had the logo and aim of IDIA printed in bold red, we enthusiastically boarded the bus that was arranged especially for us. On reaching the registration desk at 6:50 AM, we collected our goody bags and waited for the race to start. The Kolkata weather for once, was perfect for running! It seemed as if even the weather Gods were assisting us in our cause. The moment the race started, we started running as a team. The huge group of students running in unison attracted the attention of many, and that helped greatly in spreading the IDIA message among curious co-participants, pedestrians and by-standers. They were really impressed when they came to know about the work that we do as part of the IDIA student movement. However, our greatest success was the extensive media coverage that was given to us by 24 Ghanta, one of the most prominent Bengali news channels. The channel has a huge audience not only in Bengal, but also in Bengali households all over the world, so it was a highlight for IDIA to be featured there. They were kind enough to telecast our run throughout the day, and featured our participation as one of the highlights of the marathon. They even explained on television the work that is done by IDIA keeping “Empowerment of the Underprivileged through Legal Education” as its ultimate goal. Although all of us are not professional athletes, the youthful spirit that is intrinsically associated with the IDIA student movement helped about 7 of us complete the marathon in good time. The exhilaration that we felt when we saw the finishing line was incomparable, but what was more important was that we could spread the IDIA message far and wide with our participation in the marathon. After the marathon, we gathered in front of the main stage where Chief Guest Rahul Bose shared his experience at the Kolkata half-marathon. Meeting one of the finest actors India has today was definitely a high point of the already great day! As they say, pictures say a thousand words. If pictures are anything to go by, it is evident that we all had an amazing time; it was a really memorable experience for all of us. At the end of the day, it didn’t matter who won and who didn’t; it didn’t matter that our legs ached or that we were exhausted. It was time we made this opportunity count and we did! The thrill, happiness and satisfaction of having gone some distance in helping someone somewhere in need was indeed unparalleled. Our fantastic experience at the marathon has encouraged us to such an extent that we plan to come up with more such innovative ideas and venture into even more unconventional avenues in future, so that the message of the IDIA student movement is spread far and wide! Picture Credits – Avinandan...

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