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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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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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OF LAW, KIDS and CHAI – IDIA GOES TO NAGPUR

By on Jul 29, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

OF LAW, KIDS and CHAI – IDIA GOES TO NAGPUR

Expanding it horizons, IDIA conducted a sensitization programme at Nagpur that was carried out by the Hyderabad chapter, being the closest available chapter. The team consisted of  Dipankar Krishna Das, Siddharth Jha and myself. The team was accompanied by Diptasri Basu, Executive Director, IDIA. On ground, we received support from Mr. Ashok Mrig, one of IDIA’s most passionate supporters, who was also our host at Nagpur. We were put up at a comfortable guest house that came with a cook who enquired after every hour if we wanted tea. J His piping hot tea provided a welcome respite after all the travelling and it went well with the rainy weather too! The sensitization was conducted at Yukti Coaching Centre, which is a training centre for engineering and medical exams. Our objective was to introduce the wonders of law as a career to those who are currently contemplating pursuing the traditional career paths chosen by a majority of teenagers in India. So yes, we were met by the initial apprehension that ardent worshippers of IIT-JEE greet non-science options with. Their opinion of lawyers? ‘A black coat wearing person who makes money by lying.’ But with Dipto on our side, ready with all the facts and statistics, proving that law was as good, or even better an option for some was not difficult. The sensitization talk involved explaining how study of law provides empowerment, the wide variety of job opportunities available to law students, law school life, CLAT and what IDIA does. Efforts were made to make the session interactive by connecting law to their favourite films and how elements of law are woven intricately into film plots too, which often go unnoticed by the layman. Since the target audience comprised mostly of science and commerce background students, the IDIA team introduced them to the specialisations that law offers which would be of interest to the science students eg. space law, patent law, biotechnology law etc. Similarly, those that wished to pursue commerce and business studies were introduced to corporate law and mergers and acquisitions at a very basic level so that they understood the variety of options offered after a law degree and the flexibility of being able to choose one close to their heart! During this time the initial apprehension gave way to mild curiosity and then to actual keenness. This was followed by an aptitude test that was taken by 38 students. The top seven scorers were selected. An interview was conducted for these seven students. Although some of them seemed interested in giving law a shot but it seems that the social indoctrination of pursuing nothing but engineering/medical will take more than one sensitization to be dismantled. They were interested in studying for CLAT as a second option and were not ready to give up engineering preperations. Although one girl, not amongst the top seven, approached us and told us that she was keen on pursuing law and sought guidance. So it was decided that IDIA will train her on a trial basis for six months during which she will have to take periodic tests to map her improvement and monitor her progress. In case she shows a significant improvement, she would be inducteded as a scholar. Also, dear IDIA volunteers trust me when I say this, sensitization trips are something that you should not miss when you get a chance! Not only do you get involved with work directly and meet scholars and understand their circumstances which humble you and inspire you, it is also a lot of fun. Once we were done with all the work,...

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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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