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Jitholi Report (9th November, 2012 & 23rd December, 2012)

By on Dec 31, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Jitholi Report (9th November, 2012 & 23rd December, 2012)

9th November, 2012: A team comprising of Diptoshree Basu, Shivain Vaidialingam, Purushottam Anand and Shanta Chirravuri visited Jitholi along with Gayatri Bedi and Madhav Rao, representatives of General Electric (GE), on 9th November, 2012. As always, Prof. M.P. Singh accompanied us for the visit. The second and final aptitude test was conducted for the students of Kalpataru Vidyalaya. The number of students appearing for this test was significantly lower than the previous test with the number falling from 51 to 27. Also, one of the students appearing for this test had not appeared for the first aptitude test. As the students were already aware of the role IDIA plays in assisting with training for the admissions to National Law Schools, we started the session by interacting with the students to make them comfortable. The students were asked their reasons for wanting to become a lawyer. Recognising the lack of access to legal services for villagers, most of them wanted to come back to their village and provide legal assistance to anyone who needed it. After this round of interaction, we handed out the test to everyone.   The aptitude test comprised of 45 questions of 1 mark each and the duration of the test was 1 hr and 15 mins. The level of English in the test was relatively higher than the English that the students were exposed to, in the course of their regular curriculum. Because of this, extra time was given to the students to complete the test. Once the test was completed, the papers were corrected and marks for different sections were noted separately. The students were then shortlisted for an individual interaction with us. The highest score was 31 out of a total of 45. All students who secured 17 and above were called for the counselling. Out of those who secured 16, two of them were selected based on their performance in the legal aptitude section of the paper. Therefore, a total of eight students were shortlisted by the end of this process. We counselled each one of the eight students individually. All the students were informed about the role of IDIA and that they would be enrolled with LST at Meerut this year itself. The problem with most of the students seemed to be that even though they know basic English, they still lack in vocabulary and are not able to understand some words or phrases used in questions. Due to this difference in the level of English, the 12th grade and college going students were advised not to give the exam in 2013. They were instead told to focus on their boards and join/continue college next year while simultaneously preparing for the law entrance exams for 2014. Two of the students were apprehensive about being part of the programme because previously students were enrolled in IMS in Meerut which subsequently shut down and as a result their preparations were hampered. They expressed their concern over the fact that sensitisations had been conducted previously, however, no action had been taken subsequently, regarding enrolment or training. One of the students was also hesitant as his parents were against him appearing for the law entrance exam and wanted him to pursue engineering instead. After speaking with all of them and giving them sufficient time to think about their options, a follow up call was made. During the next visit to Jitholi, the team resolved to collect the income certificates of the selected candidates. In order to monitor their progress and guide them, the team decided to plan a visit to Jitholi at least twice a...

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Murshidabad Sensitisation

By on Jul 28, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Murshidabad Sensitisation

IDIA West Bengal Chapter commenced the academic year 2012-2013 by embarking on a weekend sensitisation trip to the district of Murshidabad. We had recently tied-up with Guidance Foundation, which has worked extensively in the field of children’s education in Murshidabad, and they were assisting us in this sensitisation. On Saturday, 7th of July, a team of 6- Arnab Basu, Ashutosh Shukla, Avinandan Kundu, Rishika Rangarajan, Sandra Susan Mathew and Sohini Chatterjee, left for Murshidabad. We boarded the Howrah-Malda Express at 3 pm and braced for a six hour long train journey to the erstwhile capital of the state of West Bengal. We reached our destination around 9:15 pm and were put up at the Guidance Foundation hostel. Tired from the journey,  we called it a day. The next morning, we were supposed to make our presentation to the students and sensitise them about law as a career and IDIA as an initiative which can help them. The presentation was to be held in the school hall. The sensitisation began at 11:30 am and we were pleased at the healthy turnout of around a hundred and fifty students. It began with an introductory speech by the CEO of Guidance Foundation, Mr. Haque, who introduced the six IDIA West Bengal Chapter team members to the students, teachers and parents. Following that, Arnab Basu, the Chapter Head of IDIA West Bengal, spoke to the children at length about law and IDIA. We also had a powerpoint presentation screened for the children, to make them aware about the innumerable opportunities that a career in law can throw open to them. After the speeches, we divided the crowd into three groups. One group consisted of teachers and parents. The other two groups consisted of students. Two volunteers were assigned to each group and we answered questions and cleared doubts which the students, teachers and parents had. We explained to them that another sensitisation team would be conducting an aptitude test the next week, in order to select the meritorious candidates who would finally be trained by IDIA West Bengal chapter. The students were buzzing with questions about the MCQ format, the CLAT question paper format and the various kinds of law they can pursue in future. The sensitisation ended with distribution of registration forms for the aptitude test to all interested candidates. This sensitisation trip was a very satisfying one. It was memorable to see the wonder etched on the faces of the children as they were told about one examination that had the potential to alter the entire course of their life. We are extremely thankful to Mr. Haque and Guidance Foundation for all the support and assistance they extended us. – Sohini Chatterjee, IDIA West...

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IDIA Question Making Competition (Legal Reasoning)

By on Aug 29, 2010 in Blog | 0 comments

IDIA Question Making Competition (Legal Reasoning)

What is IDIA? Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA), is a nationwide program that aims to draw in talented students from marginalized and under-represented parts of India to the best national law schools in the country. Thus, students are identified and trained to crack CLAT, the joint entrance exam organized by 11 law schools. The program is in its first year and we have already selected around 50 students for training. What is the question making competition As part of the training given to IDIA students, we are looking for a bundle of outstanding questions in legal reasoning to prepare the students. Thus, this is a competition to select the best set of questions. You must submit 10 questions at the very minimum. The more creative and tougher the questions, the better! What’s in this for you? Lots of prize money to be won! The best set of questions get a prize of Rs. 3000, the second best Rs. 2000 and Rs. 1000 for the third place.   What kind of questions are we looking for? We are looking to get from every participant (teams allowed) a set of ten questions (at the very minimum) in legal reasoning in any area of law that you like (a mixture of different laws is preferable). Remember that these are students who do not know anything about the law. We are testing for only aptitude for legal reasoning…and not for the knowledge of the law. So please do not assume any knowledge of the law…if you are using any legal concept or term, please explain its meaning in the problem itself. The student should be able to solve the problem by simply reading the legal principle or principles and then applying them to the fact situation. Legal aptitude is also the ability to sift through a morass of facts and to distinguish the relevant from the irrelevant. Therefore, ensure also that your problems have a bunch of relevant and irrelevant facts thrown in, the more the merrier; we’d like the students to be able to sift out necessary information. We’d also like to get some really tough questions, so turn up the difficulty level! You will find at the end of this document two sample questions for guidance as to language and level of toughness. Please feel free however to come with a format that suits you best; we’d like you to work around with the options so that we can have a truly tough set of questions. The questions should be in the form of MCQs. Please note that the all questions submitted are free for use by the IDIA team and/or their partners in any manner they deem fir for the purpose of furthering the goals of the IDIA project. Where and how do we submit? Please mail in your questions to sahanamanjesh@gmail.com. The questions must be sent in a word document along with details about the team. The entries must reach us before midnight of 20 September 2010. Questions must be accompanied with answers. Sample Questions Find below two sample questions for your guidance. You will notice that terms like “patent” have been explained in the question itself. The right option is the one in bold. Sample Question 1 Question: The law of country A stipulates that a patent shall not be granted for a method of medical treatment. Explanations: (i) Treatment includes any act of diagnosis, therapy or surgery on the human body. (ii) A patent is a legal monopoly granted to any inventor who discovers a new and useful technological invention. By virtue of this monopoly, the...

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IDIA Training Program at NUJS For Students From Pelling

By on Aug 7, 2010 in Blog | 0 comments

The training session conducted at NUJS from the 6th-9th of July, 2010 marked the commencement of the second round of training that would be given to students selected through the aptitude test that IDIA volunteers are conducting in different schools in rural and distant areas. The first such training session of the IDIA project started on the 6th of July, 2010 and completed on the 9th of July. Eight students who were selected by the aptitude test in their school in Pelling had come to NUJS campus for contact classes accompanied by one of their teachers. The training classes for them were also held at the IMS centre in Calcutta. The centre head of IMS Kolkata Mr Ajay Sharma congratulated the students on being selected in the aptitude test and wished them luck for their CLAT preparation. The training session at IMS was conducted by Mr Rajneesh Singh, the national product manager at IMS. The students were asked about their reasons behind choosing law as a career option. The students did not seem to be very confident about the answer. Some, for obvious reasons, equated study of law with deliverance of justice but there was also a student who candidly replied “Pots and pots of money.” Rajneesh Singh assured the students all help in the form of online supplements and answering queries speedily via email or social networking sites such as Orkut. IMS had earlier provided these students with all their study materials and he emphasised on the need of studying the materials thoroughly. Rajneesh helped the students getting acquainted with all the major law schools in the country and their respective entrance tests like CLAT, SET, etc. He also went into the detail of the past year question papers of CLAT. He also gave them a few tips about the strategy on how to attempt the question paper and also to what extent they should give importance to a particular subject. The faculty who imparted training to these students were a mix of NUJS students and professional trainers. While Rajneesh taught Mathematics, Ramanuj, Rukmini, Jenisha and Shamnad taught English, Legal Aptitude was taught by Bhavin Patel. Mathematics Rajneesh started the class with discussing about the methodologies of studying with respect to different subjects. He started off with Mathematics. He realized the students’ apprehensions about the subject itself and assured them repeatedly that it can be the most scoring section among all the other sections if attempted with a definite strategy. The basic concepts of mensuration, arithmetic and algebra were revised. It was repeatedly emphasized that stress should be given on answering the questions correctly rather than getting a substantial portion of the questions wrong. He also discussed about the patterns of problems that could be asked and also the subsections that require more importance. Initially students’ response was slow but they gradually picked up the pace. The lesson mostly involved discussion of the short cut methods that will help in saving time during the entrance test. As short cut methods were shown, responses started improving. Once the concepts were explained and revised, the students were given questions to solve. The main focus was on formulas, short-cuts and striking out options. He later taught them topics like time and work, time distance and speed, average. The students were asked to follow the Basic Reference Material from IMS while practicing. English The first topic to be taken up in English was Reading Comprehension. It was realized during the lesson that the students are considerably weak in vocabulary. The exercise was started by some high frequency words which they were unable...

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