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Rajasthan Chapter – IDIA Sensitization at Kendriya Vidyalaya

By on Nov 9, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Rajasthan Chapter – IDIA Sensitization at Kendriya Vidyalaya

On 30th October, 2013, the Rajasthan Chapter of IDIA, consisting of Team Leader Ashwini Tallur, Team Members Shagun Jaggi, Priyanka Kansara and Pavithra Vasudev, and Volunteer Neha Maurya, held a sensitization programme at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 (Army), with the intention of introducing law as a career to the students of the eleventh grade, many of who are currently considering pursuing the traditional career paths of Medicine or Engineering. We could sense a sort of hesitation among students, with regards to law as a career. When we asked a few students about what they thought of lawyers, a few answered, “A person who makes money by fighting cases and lying.” We opened the presentation by asking what the students want to take up after their 12th grade. Many were still unsure about the future, being two whole years away from passing out. A few wanted to take up the Civil Service exams, others wanted to take up Banking. A few wanted to join the Armed Forces and a couple of them wanted to do Chartered Accountancy. We then showed them how they could stay in the field of their interest and still take up law. To the ones aspiring to be IAS officers, we showed how the field of law is a classic choice of majority of the students appearing for the exam (including three of us), and how it will in fact help them in its preparation. We also mentioned the role of lawyers as future politicians, journalists, international organizations like the UN, and of course, as a litigator. We explained how study of law provides empowerment along with a huge range of career opportunities. We spoke about the wonderful law school life, CLAT and what IDIA does. We built a rapport with the students by discussing films where law had an important role to play. For instance, as the students were from an Army background, we used the plot of Shourya (Hindi version of “A Few Good Men”) to draw them in and make them understand the advantages of law as a career. Some of the students seemed interested in giving law as a career a shot. These students were mainly from the Arts stream. The science stream students seemed extremely reluctant to give up their plans of pursuing engineering/medicine. This thinking, of course, will take more than one sensitization programme to change. The presentations were followed by an aptitude test that was taken by 101 students. The aptitude test comprised of 40 questions of 1 mark each and the duration of the test was 1 hr and 15 mins. Twelve students have made it to the interview round, which we will conduct in the next few days. The Principal as well as the teachers were very cooperative and supportive, making our work a whole lot easier. The students were equally cooperative and quite interactive. Many frequently asked questions and clarified doubts. At the end of the programme, we realized that it was one thing to just give away charity in the form of scholarships and grants. These sensitization programmes do is more than that. They disperse knowledge and information. Many out there don’t even know about law as a career. When you realize that you are spreading awareness and providing information that will help a child make an informed decision about his career, the feeling is surreal. We look forward to conducting more sensitization programmes with the same zeal and...

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Report for IDIA – Nagaland Sensitization, 2013

By on Oct 27, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Report for IDIA – Nagaland Sensitization, 2013

The sensitization at Nagaland took place after the formation of team for the working year 2013-2014. This year too, IDIA Nagaland decided to work in association with Dimapur Naga Student’s Union, Dimapur District Citizens Forum and City Law College. The time frame for the sensitization was scheduled to be from 15th September onwards after the telephonic conversations with the past year’s organizations. On 15th September, Team leader Nikita Engheepi along with team member Dishari Sarkar and IDIA volunteers, Akanksha Kaushik and Debasmita Bhakta left Kolkata by Kamrup Express and reached Dimapur Station at 10.30 pm on 16th September. Day 1 (17th September): The first school we visited was Livingstone Foundation Higher Senior Secondary School. Since IDIA has already been to this school during its sensitization last year, there was a good rapport with the principal. He agreed to let us speak to the students’ right there. Considering that it was the first school we visited together as a team, the response we got from both the science and arts sections was pretty good. When we communicated with the students in Nagamese, they got more enthusiastic and we understood that it was crucial to have local volunteers for creating a local base for every chapter. From Livingstone we went to St. Paul’s senior secondary school where we met the local volunteers Asino and Sonika, from City Law College.  The response that we had was very good and the Principal requested us to conduct a separate test for their school. Because of the huge turnout and the response that we got from both schools, the team could only cover 2 schools before the end of school hours but considering that both the schools were under our target list, it turned out to be fruitful. The team then proceeded to the office of Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU), which is the largest student body of Dimapur. It may be mentioned that IDIA had tied up with them last year as well for the sensitization.  Team leader Nikita and Team Member Dishari held a meeting with them and the former proposed the idea of entering into a permanent tie up so that the team that would come later would not face any problem. Matchio Lotha, President of DNSU welcomed the idea but highlighted the fact that their tenure would be coming to end soon. It was later agreed that more thoughts on how to create a permanent set up would be discussed soon.  The IDIA Nagaland team along with DNSU official then went for a Press Conference which was attended by local dailies, Nagaland Post and ­­­Nagaland Page. During press conference, we discussed about necessity of legal education, career options, concept of NLUs, aim & objectives of IDIA etc. then we showed IDIA video and Vinatoli’s video. Please find the link for the report: Nagaland Post However, the third paragraph of the report says “The selected candidate(s) whose parents’ income not exceeding Rs.20,000 per month would be given admission to the prestigious National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata.“We had informed about this error to the concerned authorities and next day the Nagaland Post clarified this. Please find the attachment for the same. Day 2 (18th September): We visited Dimapur Govt. Higher Secondary School. We spoke in three sections of that school. We spent more time there as this was a target school for us. After that we divided ourselves into 2 groups for the easier coverage of schools. One team consisted of Dishari, Debasmita and 2 local volunteers Sonika and Khezeto from the City Law College, Dimapur while the other team consisted...

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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 Scholar Sanjana Roy performs well in HNLU: Meenakshi Kurpad shares her story

By on Mar 12, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The first time I met Sanjana Roy-she was seated in the first row in a large examination hall in the academic Block at NUJS. I was invigilating the IDIA National Aptitude Test (INAT) which is conducted every year. I had just joined the West Bengal chapter of IDIA and wondered who out of the fifty students who wrote the test would be my mentee over the next year. Sanjana did really well in the test and I was assigned to be her mentor. On the day of our first meeting as mentor and mentee, I found her sitting by the pool of justice, gazing at the reflection of the beautiful building(our academic block) on the water. I knew then that this girl was determined and focused about her dreams. In the next few months, I guided her as I was guided as I found her to be, in many ways, like me. At times she would feel anxious, and I would tell her that it would be all fine. I couldn’t help but remember the way my own mother used to calm me down whenever I used to go through these bouts of anxiousness. Even though she was anxious, Sanjana was extremely determined, diligent and hardworking. I encouraged her to ask as many doubts as possible and she did. While making sure her preparation for CLAT was thorough, I also ensured that she did well in her Boards as well. Both examinations were important to her and finding a balance between the two was vital for her to succeed in both. The testing times were the months right before CLAT. I called her up every day from Bangalore, clarifying all her doubts and ensuring that her anxiousness did not win over her confidence. I mailed my old LST worksheets to Arnab (Basu), who promptly delivered them to Sanjana. I wanted her to have all possible materials. She was hard working and never lost focus while preparing. I spoke to her about the importance of strategy, a decisive factor in one’s success, especially in a competitive exam. Together, we formulated a workable strategy that enabled her to score more by focusing on her strong areas first, and then the weaker ones. When I called Sanjana and spoke to her on the night before CLAT, I recollected my own experience before the exam. What was important was not how much I had read or remembered, but how much support and belief people had in me. I wanted Sanjana to have the same, because that is the defining element which distinguishes success from failure. When she called me after the exam, I could tell that she had done well, as her voice contained a tone of exhilaration in it. When the results came out a few weeks later, I did a happy dance all around my room, much to my grandfather’s amusement. Sanjana was happy that she had made it to a good law school, and was scared and excited about embarking on a new journey. Before she was to leave for HNLU, I told her of my own initial experiences at NUJS, from traveling with my mother to Calcutta, experiencing a life away from home and how we are always given an opportunity to succeed in a field that interests us most. I think this helped her in adjusting to a new life in Raipur. She grew accustomed to her new life at Raipur, and began doing well right from the start. A lot of this can be attributed to the fact that she has always been diligent and hard-working, never...

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My Right to be Heard: B M Aravind

By on Mar 8, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

My Right to be Heard: B M Aravind

Since my childhood, I dreamt of visiting Delhi at least once. I read a lot about Delhi in the books. I also saw the Red Fort several times while watching the celebrations of the most remarkable national festivals of our country. I used to see pictures of the Indian Parliament and felt very happy just by listening about the Parliament where the representatives of the people sit and discuss about the future of India. I dreamt of visiting Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jantar Mantar, Qutub Minar etc. I use to feel very sad, whenever I heard my friends discussing about Delhi. I use to ask them to tell me more about our capital. I never hoped at all that I will visit Delhi in my entire life because no one in my family has crossed the borders of Andhra Pradesh. Fortunately, my dream came true. I got an opportunity to go and visit Delhi. My University nominated me for the National Convention for Youth with Disability. It was organized by NCPEDP (National Center for the Promotion of Employment for the Disabled People). The conference was mainly about the people with Disability and the ways to improve life of those people. I heard from the Vice Chancellor’s office that the University has nominated me to attend the conference from the visual impairment category. At first I felt so excited when I heard the news of representing my University at the national level conference. The office also made it very clear that I have to go and attend the conference on my own expenses and university will not pay for it. I immediately realized that I can’t afford to go to Delhi because of financial constraints. Thereafter, I informed the University that I will be not attending the Conference and stated the reasons. They accepted the same. As I am a student of IDIA, I use to sit and discuss all the issues such as my studies, friends, books, softwares like JAWS, classes etc, with my mentors. On that day also , I was sitting with my mentor Anusha and I was discussing my problems with her. At that time, I told her about the university nominating me for the conference. I also told her that I refused to go to Delhi because of the financial problems. After listening all these, she scolded me for informing it to her very late and she wrote a mail to shamnad sir immediately. Sir gave an instant response to the mail. Thereafter, sir asked me to go and attend the conference and ensured that IDIA will bear all the expenses for Delhi. He got the tickets booked for me as well as for my friend as soon as possible. Thereafter, IDIA director Diptoshree along with her friend Jwala, took me shopping, to purchase woolens for me to use them in Delhi. Being from South India, they told me that I needed them during the Delhi winter. They also purchased formals which were required for the Conference. I packed everything and boarded Rajdhani express to go to Delhi. I never believed that at one point I would be travelling in Rajdhani. Finally I reached Delhi and went to USI to attend the Conference. The people representing different disabilities such as hearing impairment, visually challenged, orthopedically disabled and psychologically disabled came from different universities all over the country to attend the conference. My senior Kanak, sat along with me till the 1st session. The 1st session was the most important sessions among all the sessions of the 2 day conference. Honorable minister of social justice and empowerment, Kumari...

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