IDIA Scholars

Nazrul Molla

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Nazrul Molla

Nazrul Islam Molla is a 3rd-year student of Sikkim Government Law College, Gangtok. Nazrul’s excellent academic performance and friendly demeanour quickly earned him admiration from amongst his teachers and peers. He has consistently been amongst the top two ranks in his batch. A reward for his commitment and brilliance in his academic pursuits came in his 2nd year when the Chief Minister of Sikkim awarded Nazrul a laptop as a token of appreciation. In addition to his academic achievements, Nazrul is also active in sports on campus especially in football and cricket and captained the college football team. He is also a writer, often penning down short stories and poetry. Nazrul’s involvement with IDIA is not only as a scholar, but also as a member of IDIA’s volunteer team, as a Team Leader of the IDIA North East Sub-chapter (Sikkim). However, life has not been easy for this bright scholar from a village in the Sundarbans in West Bengal. His father is a vegetable farmer earning around Rs. 4,000/- each month, and Nazrul was about to cease his education and join his father in this vocation, before IDIA spotted him and recognized his potential. In his IDIA interview, Nazrul clearly expressed his ambition to study law and ensure that his community has access to legal remedies. His time as an IDIA scholar has only reassured us of his commitment to this ambition. His skill and tenacity will take him far in life, and we are happy to be a part of his remarkable...

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Sayantan Adhya

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Sayantan Adhya

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...

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Shinto Mathews Abraham

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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

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Md. Sarwar Ali

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Md. Sarwar Ali

Md. Sarwar Ali, IDIA 2013 Scholar
RMLNLU, Lucknow

Sarwar Ali’s father, who runs a fast food stall never, expected that his younger son would be able to complete his schooling, given the poverty and lack of resources that challenged their everyday life. Sarwar’s elder brother dropped out of school and now works in a Pizza Hut outlet and the family’s combined income

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Botta Venkateshwar Rao

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Botta Venkateshwar Rao

When Botta Venkateshwar Rao was attending a training session, no IDIA trainer wanted to go to the class unprepared. This visually impaired scholar with an innate grasp of legal reasoning, amazed them with extremely intelligent and thoughtful questions in every class they undertook. It wasn’t a surprise to them when Venkateshwar offered to pay for his own CLAT form in April 2013 with the prize money he won through a competition! Venkateshwar’s mother passed away when he was a toddler and while his step mother and uncle encouraged him to follow his dreams of studying law, his father wanted him to come back home after finishing school, to work with him in the fields. He has been visually impaired since birth but that has not stopped him from excelling in academics and representing his school in various competitions. In fact, his mentors and trainers point out that Venkateshwar always seems to excel in a situation where odds are all stacked up against him! His success in CLAT and securing a seat at RMLNLU, Lucknow, bears testimony to that. His intelligence and perseverance has captivated the minds and hearts of the IDIA family and we are proud of this boy gifted with a true “vision” to dream big and achieve...

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Ramesh Kumar Solanki

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Ramesh Kumar Solanki

Ramesh Kumar Solanki�s father is a leather worker in Siwana village in Barmer, Rajasthan. Their combined family income is a meagre INR 4,000 per month. An affinity towards law seems to run in Ramesh�s genes, given that his elder brother too is already studying law at NUJS with the help of scholarships and bank loans to bear the burden of the high costs of a legal education from a national law school. Ramesh completed his schooling from JNV Pachapadra with 78.8% score in CBSE exams. A young student with a keen desire for learning and razor-sharp intelligence, Ramesh�s will to pursue law rests on his ardent desire to make a difference through grass root-level law practice for the local community in his village. Ramesh is also one of the rare IDIA scholars to have tasted success more than once in the immensely competitive CLAT examination. Inspite of securing admission to RGNUL, Patiala in 2012, Ramesh could not take admission due to lack of funds and had to drop the idea of joining a national law school. Though disappointed at the loss of opportunity, he was not someone who could be discouraged to give up his fight. And fight he did! Since June 2012, Ramesh toiled each day to attempt CLAT and AILET again in 2013 and passed the AILET with flying colours, securing a rank of 32 and gaining admission at NLU-Delhi and also at NUJS through CLAT 2013. This twin success has not overwhelmed Ramesh, who thinks that these are merely stepping stones towards his goal of representing all those who lack the clout and power to take their battles to the...

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Priyanka Hazarika

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Priyanka Hazarika

Priyanka Hazarika grew up in Guwahati, Assam and completed her class XII from Cotton College scoring 82% in her board examination. She arrived in Kolkata during the end of March to prepare for the CLAT and the AILET examinations. Within days, she jumped headlong into an intense study curriculum by putting over 10 hours of study each day. In less than a month, Priyanka cleared the AILET, qualifying for National Law University Delhi and matched her achievement in CLAT by winning a seat at NUJS! That Priyanka is meritorious and hardworking, is something she proved to us already. Priyanka�s resolution to keep going against all odds while maintaining a cheerful exterior is reflective of her father�s love and teachings. Her father was a school teacher and taught Assamese. Last year, he passed away after a long struggle with illness leaving behind his spark in Priyanka. Since then, her family maintains itself by relying solely on the meagre monthly pension they receive. However, financial obstacles have never managed to daunt Priyanka in her staunch pursuit of becoming a civil servant and serving her country one...

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Madan Prakash

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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

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Vinatoli Yeptho

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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

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Uradi Vishnu

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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!

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