Posts Tagged "access to legal education"

IDIA – Look Back 2016

By on Dec 31, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

IDIA – Look Back 2016

2016 was our biggest year yet. We want to thank everyone who made it possible. Here’s a look back at the year!

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Not hereditary property; common property! – Justice Prabha Sridevan writes about IDIA

By on Nov 7, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Not hereditary property; common property! – Justice Prabha Sridevan writes about IDIA

IDIA recently had the honour of Justice Prabha Sridevan writing about IDIA in a very popular Tamil daily – Dinamani. She talks about IDIA, our scholars, and opportunity to pursue education for all.

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IDIA calls for Dramatic Entries! Romanticise the Law!

By on Jan 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

IDIA calls for Dramatic Entries! Romanticise the Law!

Who amongst us has not savoured reel-life court room dramas, be it the passionate advocacy of Denzel Washington in Philadelphia, or the immortal deliberations of the jury in 12 Angry Men, or even the histrionics of a young Sunny Deol in Damini, shouting “Tareekh pe tareekh”? True to the adage of a picture being worth a thousand words, these scenes have, for better or worse, left indelible impressions upon our minds. We at IDIA believe that if we are to succeed in our goal of conveying the overarching benefits of a legal education to the masses, we need to “romanticise” the law a bit more. And what better way to do this than through drama and the creative arts? Given the common lack of awareness and negative perception around law, this is one of the greatest challenges faced by the IDIA movement. We therefore call upon all of you to get your creative juices flowing and come up with a skit, musical, moot court, dance or other feature that will help romanticize the law for a lay audience and draw them towards it and its massive potential to transform. Any group of students can submit entries for this competition. The entries should be in the form of a script or other write up documenting your broad theme and how you propose to execute it (a short video of what you plan might also help communicate your idea better). The winning entry will be awarded a cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to the city of Bangalore to participate in the IDIA Camp scheduled on January 18 and January 19, 2014. They would also get the opportunity of performing the skit/musical/dance/moot court or other show that they devise before an audience that would include several renowned and celebrated names from the legal and corporate community. Now is your chance to showcase that inner talent and unleash the elements of comedy, tragedy, music, dance, melodrama, farce or a combination of any of or all of these. Scarcely will you find any occasion where your creation will be put to any nobler use! The length of the script/other document/video should be such as to confine the performance within 30 minutes, hence the entries need to be crisp, powerful and elegant in their simplicity. The entries need to be sent to shouvikkumarguha@gmail.com by January 7, 2014. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and IDEATE! We look forward to hosting you in Bangalore during the fun-filled and immensely satisfactory...

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Let there be light: Tech Mahindra Scholarships for 4 visually impaired IDIA Scholars

By on Dec 7, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Let there be light: Tech Mahindra Scholarships for 4 visually impaired IDIA Scholars

Diwali- the festival of lights has brightened the lives of a couple of IDIA scholars in the form of scholarships granted by the Tech Mahindra- Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (“XRCVC”). The four IDIA scholars namely Yugal Jain, Arepalli Nagababu, Guduru Sudheer Reddy and Narala Chenna Reddy were informed that they had been selected by the XRCVC to receive the Tech Mahindra XRCVC scholarship on the eve of Diwali. The scholarship amount would be utilized towards the payment of the scholar’s hostel fees. The XRCVC works towards creating an enabling environment to facilitate the development of an inclusive society both at the micro as well as the macro levels thereby providing equal opportunities for holistic growth for the visually challenged. What connects IDIA to XRCVC is the fact that both the organizations work on the principles of social inclusion and therefore the background profile and the academic records of the IDIA scholars suited perfectly for Tech Mahindra- XRCVC’s target candidates.   Director of XRCVC, Dr. Sam Taraporevala said, “In its quest to promote a more inclusive society where higher/professional education would play a pivotal role in empowering the visually challenged, the XRCVC had identified a major gap area, and namely that high quality professional education was expensive. Given the fact that many visually challenged students came from weaker socio-economic backgrounds they faced exclusion simply because they could not afford the cost of quality education. Our partnership with the Tech Mahindra Foundation helped us develop this niche scholarship which endeavors to help mitigate the financial distress of needy scholars. Supporting IDIA scholars fits into our overall plan as we would be able to ensure that the students are not only truly deserving but are being backed up by an organization that would nurture their talent.”   The students were shortlisted on the basis of their academic records and their statement of purpose which was followed by a telephonic interview.   Yugal Jain, currently in his second year, at NALSAR expressed “I have a lot of expenses towards this semester and I was applying to quite a few scholarship schemes. I was extremely happy to receive this scholarship from Tech Mahindra- XRCVC for the second time as it took some weight off my father’s shoulders.”   Both IDIA and XRCVC are on its way to achieve one of its prime goals- empowerment of the underprivileged sections of the society as it is very evident in the words of Arepali Nagababu. He says “the monetary factor had always made pursuing law at a National Law University seem like a distant dream. It is overwhelming that this dream is now possible. This kind of support makes me feel like I am at par with the other regular students in my class and now I want to work even harder.”   Guduru Sudheer Reddy says “It has been very difficult for me at various points of my life to convince people around me to give me a chance- so much so, that many a times I have felt like giving up on my dreams. The award of this scholarship has motivated me so much that now I am confident that nothing can stop me from reaching my dreams anymore!”   Narala Chenna Reddy, Sudheer’s class mate at National Law University, Odisha, says “I have always felt very lucky to be a part of this Law School, but a thought had consistently haunted me- its expense. The payment of my high tuition fee always concerns me. But Tech Mahindra-XRCVC has been very nice to me for granting me this much needed scholarship. Whenever I...

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IDIA scholars setting high benchmarks in law colleges apart from NLU’s

By on Nov 13, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

IDIA scholars setting high benchmarks in law colleges apart from NLU’s

IDIA volunteers and administrators often face a recurring question from its supporters – “Do you help students get through other law schools in India, apart from the NLU’s? What happens to a student who does not make it through the NLU’s?” Nazrul Molla is an IDIA scholar from a remote village in the Sunderbans area of West Bengal. Now studying at Gangtok Law College under Sikkim University, Nazrul is the 2nd rank holder of his batch. So far, he has been performing well in academics and making the most of his experience at his law college. A reward for his commitment towards academic pursuits came recently, when the Chief Minister of Sikkim Mr. Pawan Chamling, awarded Nazrul a laptop, as a token of appreciation for his sincerity and dedication. The Sikkim Government recently distributed some laptops to meritorious students at Government schools and colleges during the “Empowerment of Student in ICT & Community Mobilization on RTE Act” program organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of Sikkim. IDIA has helped many students in securing admission to not just the NLU’s but other reputed law colleges across the country. IDIA scholars studying in law schools other than the NLU’s are doing exceptionally well in their academics and a great example of it is Nazrul Molla. We strive to make quality legal education available to the less privileged sections of the society so that young people from these sections of society may take over as community leaders and empower their community as a whole. It is not always true that good legal education can only be obtained from NLU’s – there are other reputed law colleges which provide quality legal education and IDIA makes sure that its scholars are placed in these reputed law colleges where they have an opportunity to utilize all the resources and blossom to their full potential. Students like Nazrul have proved it time and again that a student who really wants to excel in academics and carve out a great career ahead will do so regardless of the college he is studying in. In the field of law, sky is the limit for a person who wants to achieve success simply because of the vast diversity of career choices it provides. IDIA wholeheartedly thanks the Sikkim Government for its initiative; advocate Protik Prokash Banerjee for supporting Nazrul and wishes all the best to Nazrul. We hope that he shall continue this success story and inspire many others in the state to take up the cudgel for their community through the tool of...

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