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IDIA Mumbai Starts the Sensitisation Season with a Novel Approach to Sensitisations

By on Sep 1, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

IDIA Mumbai Starts the Sensitisation Season with a Novel Approach to Sensitisations

Keeping up with its efforts to sensitise students about law as a career, the IDIA Mumbai chapter started its sensitisations for the present academic year with two back-to-back sensitisations. The first sensitisation was conducted at the Hume High School, Mumbai on 24th August 2016, and the second at the Chandrabhan Sharma College, Powai on 27th August 2016.

Starting a new culture, the IDIA team was accompanied by professionals from the legal field, who could share their experiences of law school, and law as a career with the school students. Ms. Khushnaaz, Mr. Sanjeev and Ms. Asmita Roy from the legal team of Mahindra & Mahindra, and Ms. Aditi Rani from Advaya Legal joined the student volunteers from IDIA Mumbai chapter for the sensitisations.

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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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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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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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