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INAT 2011

By on Jan 19, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The following are the students who have been selected through INAT 2011 Sl. No. Name State 1 Amogh R Karnataka 2 Tezaswini Ranjan Bihar 3 Neena J Kalyan Kerala 4 Madan P Karnataka 5 Greeshma Satyanarayna Karnataka 6 Swapna Satpathy Orissa 7 Kartikey Gupta Uttar Pradesh 8 Rupak Kumar Bihar 9 Ijya Tiwari Uttar Pradesh 10 Aditya Singh Uttar...

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Internships for IDIA (INAT) Team

By on Sep 28, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Internships for IDIA (INAT) Team

What is the IDIA? The IDIA(Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access) Movement started off under theleadership of Professor Shamnad Basheer of the West Bengal National Universityof Juridical Sciences (NUJS) as a movement to eliminate the inequities ofeducation. Some very disturbing statistics reflected a complete lack of diversity, with a majority of the students clearing the entrance tests forthese Universities hailing from the upper middle socio economic class bracket.The IDIA team set itself up, first in NUJS, and then in other National LawSchools throughout the country, as an attempt to question and change thesestatistics. The aim is to provide access to the resources required to crack theentrance exam to students from marginalized communities and regions, who wouldnot be able to get access to them otherwise. What does IDIA do? Local IDIAChapters have been set up in different parts of India. These local chaptershave conducted aptitude tests in the respective states, and have started anintensive training programme for those who did well, and those who areinterested in pursuing law as a career. A lot of students were found to beinitially very apprehensive about their career prospects, but enoughinformation was disseminated in this regard to convince most of them about theadvantages of this career choice. IDIA also selectsstudents for the training program through its exam called IDIA NationalAptitude Test which is held every year in several centres across the country. Last year INAT helped us select some of the most deservingIDIA scholars. 14 out of the 50 scholars trained by IDIA made it to variousNational Law Schools, including NLS, NALSAR, NUJS, NLIU, GNLU etc. through CLAT2011. What Will Interning With the IDIA Mean? Interning with theIDIA will mean being part of the teaching process for the IDIA scholars andinteracting with IDIA scholars and other volunteers. This is an immenseopportunity, more so for law students, because the IDIA Scholars are not onlyexceptionally bright, but also extremely keen to learn about the Law, andunderstand its various facets. While most students would cherish the process ofteaching in itself, the IDIA experience is that much more of a process ofself-discovery in that it deals with children who have managed to deviseincredibly ingenuous ways of learning for themselves. This internship presents the opportunity of being part ofsomething extraordinary, something that might change the face of legaleducation in the country, but will definitely change your paradigm of life. Requirements All interns willbe expected to help with a wide variety of work. For instance, we requirevolunteers to help us with registration for INAT which would be conducted on 6thNovember 2011 in 16 cities in the country. Volunteers would be required to beavailable on phone, take calls from students who have queries regarding law asa career, National Law Schools, scholarship provided by IDIA etc. They would beworking for a month as a part of the registration team for INAT, helpingstudents get registered for the exam. Volunteers do not need to be based at any particular locationin India – they would only be required to be available on phone and emaileveryday during this one month. No specialisedexperience or training is required and they can feel free to come up with new,innovative modes of reaching out to more students and schools across thecountry to spread the word about INAT and in turn help us select the brighteststudents as IDIA scholars. This would be a paid internship and all interns foundto have worked in a committed manner by the end of the stipulated time periodwill be granted certificates fortheir efforts signed by Professor Shamnad Basheer, on behalf of the IDIAInitiative. For furtherdetails, feel free to email Diptoshree Basu at dbasu3@gmail.com or call at 09831063675....

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Intern with IDIA, Sikkim Chapter

By on Sep 27, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Intern with IDIA, Sikkim Chapter

  WHAT IS IDIA?   The IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access) Movement started off under the leadership of Professor Shamnad Basheer of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) as a movement to eliminate the inequities of education. Some very disturbing statistics reflected a complete lack of diversity, with a majority of the students clearing the entrance tests for these Universities hailing from the upper middle socio economic class bracket. The IDIA team set itself up, first in NUJS, and then in other National Law Schools throughout the country, as an attempt to question and change these statistics. The aim is to provide access to the resources required to crack the entrance exam to students who would not be able to get access to them otherwise.   WHAT DOES IDIA DO? Local IDIA Chapters have been set up in different parts of India. These local chapters have conducted aptitude tests in various chapters, and have started an intensive training programme for those who did well, and those who are interested in pursuing law as a career. A lot of students were found to be initially very apprehensive about their career prospects, but enough information was disseminated in this regard to convince most of them about the advantages of this career choice. In addition, the IDIA has been pushing relentlessly for reforming the CLAT. These concerted efforts have resulted in the CLAT Committee agreeing to various affirmative measures—for instance, removing the section on static general knowledge, and legal knowledge completely from the paper. The rationale is to test the aptitude of the students, rather than the knowledge. WHAT WILL INTERNING WITH IDIA MEAN? Interning with the IDIA will mean being part of the teaching process for the IDIA scholars. The subjects to be taught include English, Logical Reasoning, Legal Reasoning, General Knowledge and Maths (grade ten level). This is an immense opportunity, more so for law students, because the IDIA Scholars are not only exceptionally bright, but also extremely keen to learn about the Law, and understand its various facets. While most students would cherish the process of teaching in itself, the IDIA experience is that much more of a process of self-discovery in that it deals with children who have managed to devise incredibly ingenuous ways of learning for themselves. This internship presents the opportunity of being part of something extraordinary, something that might change the face of legal education in the country, but will definitely change your paradigm of life. REQUIREMENTS All interns will be expected to help with a wide variety of work. For instance, they may be expected to conduct weekly classes, act as scribes for practice tests, help in analysis of test results etc. The internship programme will extend to at least four weeks. All students who have graduated from school, and are currently enrolled in a course in Law or are graduates from the same, are qualified to apply. Selections are subject to the discretion of the Internship Cell. No specialised experience or training is required and you can feel free to come up with new, innovative modes of teaching and working. All interns found to have worked in a committed manner by the end of the stipulated time period will be granted certificates for their efforts signed by Professor Shamnad Basheer, on behalf of the IDIA Initiative. For further details, feel free to email at : jwaladthapa@gmail.com, jsphrenthlei@yahoo.co.in or call at 9593981263,...

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Second IDIA ­National Aptitude Test (I-NAT) on 6th November, 2011

By on Sep 6, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 6 comments

Second IDIA ­National Aptitude Test (I-NAT) on 6th November, 2011

With the successful performance of the first ever National Aptitude Test by IDIA (I-NAT) through which IDIA was able to successfully place 14 students from low income background in various National Law Universities, IDIA is all set to conduct the second National Aptitude Test (I-NAT) on November 6, 2011 at 14 cities across the country, for under-privileged and financially weak students interested in appearing in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2012 and 2013.   Last April, IDIA had chosen 50 students, based on their performance in the first I-NAT, for free CLAT coaching and training by IMS, a pioneer coaching institute for CLAT. Out of these 50 students, 11 were able to make it to various NLUs with one student making it to NLSIU, Bangalore with an All India Rank of 45 in the General category. Karthika Annamalai, another IDIA scholar and a Quarry worker’s daughter has made it to NLIU, Bhopal.   Every year, Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA) as part of its vision of bringing diversity in law colleges, plans on choosing a few deserving, under privileged and financially weak students, interested in making a career in Law, for free training and coaching for CLAT.   The IDIA National Aptitude Test is expected to be more widespread and bigger this time, with around 19 centres across the country and estimated registrations of more than 1500 students. The cities where the test would be conducted are   New Delhi Kolkata Bhopal Lucknow Bangalore Patna Mumbai Chennai Hyderabad Ranchi Guwahati Gandhinagar Jodhpur Cochin   The test will be on 6th November 2011 from 10 am to 11 am ( 60 Minutes) and the questions will be related to basic General Knowledge, Logic and basic English.   All students whose combined income of parents is less than Rs. 40,000 a month are eligible to apply.   Interested students may apply for registration here:idianat2011@gmail.com or call any of the following IDIA volunteers:   Bharat Itagi : +919845442956   Anukanksha Kalkeri: +919845442924   Pranusha Kulkarni: +919164197317   All candidates will be required to send scanned copy of their parent’s income certificate to the above email ID for confirmation of their registration   The seats are very limited and is on a first come first serve basis. Everyone is requested to immediately make the registrations. All selected INAT Scholars will be given completely free coaching by IMS and there will not be any payment for the same.   Also, Please spread the word around and aware as many students you can who fit the category and eligibility for I...

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Sensitisation at G S Jangid Memorial School, Jodhpur

By on Aug 23, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sensitisation at G S Jangid Memorial School, Jodhpur

    IDIA Team consisting of Piyush Kumar, Gautam Nayak and Animesh K. conducted sensitisation in G S Jangid School, a residential school situated at the outskirts of Jodhpur. The principal of the school, Dr. Rekha Sankhla, was very enthusiastic about the sensitization and took an active part in it. She accompanied us to all the class rooms and introduced the team to the students. Although she had no idea about NLUs and CLAT, we could inspire her to believe in our cause after a brief introduction to law as a multifaceted career option in the present scenario.   The sensitization in G S Jangid School was on a small scale owing to the small strength of students in classes 11th and 12th. Nevertheless, it was highly interactive. The session started with a brief introduction about National Law Schools and moved on to the career options available to a law graduate from these institutes. The response was overwhelming as students kept on asking question ranging from the pattern of CLAT to the subjects taught in NLUs. The single most important concern by the students as well as the faculty members was with respect to placement. Most of them were skeptical about placement, drawing parallels with the ever mushrooming engineering colleges which promised 100% placements but never delivered on it. It is always tough to convince an unaware crowd, especially with prejudices. However, we tried our best to give them the real picture and emphasized on the fact that one could not be lackadaisical after getting into a law school and it required a hard work before one could grab lofty pay packages. We also informed them that unlike other traditional/vocational colleges, NLUs do not have long breaks in the midst of the academic sessions and attendance was important. We also briefed them about internships which form a major part of the learning exercise in a law school. After an extensive lecture on mooting, conferences and publications, the young faces showed some amount of agreement. The rest is upto them as to the choices they wish to make. An aptitude test will be conducted soon as a follow up. Report Prepared by Piyush...

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Registration of the IDIA Trust

By on Feb 14, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Registration of the IDIA Trust

Friday, the 4th of February 2011 was a momentous day for IDIA. For this was the day when the IDIA trust came into being, comprising of: Prof. M.P.Singh, Vice Chancellor, WBNUJS Justice Ruma Pal, ex Supreme CourtJjudge Shishira Rudrappa, Founder, Bar and Bench Shamnad Basheer, Ministry of HRD Professor of IP Law, WB NUJS The trust deed appoints Prof. Shamnad Basheer as the first managing trustee. The first meeting of the IDIA trust was held on the very same day at the National University of Juridical Science, Kolkata. The meeting was attended by all the trustees, namely, Prof. M.P.Singh, Prof. Shamnad Basheer, Mrs Ruma Pal and Shishira Rudrappa and also by the IDIA team leaders and volunteers present at NUJS. The meeting started with Prof. Basheer introducing the trustees to some of the IDIA team leaders and volunteers and thereafter each team leader was called upon to introduce his/her chapter and team before the trustees, in order to give them a fair idea about the work that has been undertaken by each of the chapters of IDIA. Before the commencement of the presentations, the IDIA brochure prepared by Vivek Verma and Diptoshree Basu was handed out to each trustee. The first presentation was by Diptoshree Basu who leads the Diversity at Home chapter and North East chapter of IDIA, followed by Arnab Roy who presented on the WB IDIA team. Thereafter Kumar Kislay introduced the IDIA Jitholi chapter to the trustees, Anusha Reddy on the Hyderabad chapter and Gazala on the Kashmir chapter. Priyanka Raj and Avisha Gupta presented on the training and question banks being created by IDIA for CLAT 2011. Prajna Mohapatra who heads the research and policy wing of IDIA elaborated on the various aspects on which IDIA has undertaken research and assisted the CLAT Committee 2011 to take decisions and make welcome modifications to CLAT 2011 paper. After the presentation, Prof. Basheer introduced the other functional chapters of IDIA (such as Karnataka, Rajasthan etc) whose team leaders were not able to attend the meeting . Thereafter, the trustees interacted with the student volunteers and asked questions pertaining to the day to day functioning of the project. Mrs Ruma Pal suggested that IDIA must provide interest free loans to the IDIA scholars instead of providing full scholarships to them, given the current status of funds for the project. She also asked the students whether they have any provision for selecting girls as a part of the diversity objective. Mr. Rudrappa stressed on the need to document all the processes at IDIA so that it is easier for future teams to co-ordinate with each other and conduct all the processes without depending on any particular individual. Prof Basheer assured them that documentationwas being undertaken by each chapter and uniform formats being used by them to make the process more homogenous. He also put forward the proposal of appointing a full time CEO from May 2011 who will oversee the functioning of the project on an all India basis. The IDIA team thanks Debanjan Mandal, Sourav Bhagat and <!–[if supportFields]> CONTACT _Con-3768E137997 <![endif]–>Paroma Ghosh<!–[if supportFields]><![endif]–> of Fox Mandal Associates, Kolkata for their help in drafting and registering the...

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