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The Road Less Traveled – IDIA Mumbai’s “Kranti” Visit

By on Oct 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Road Less Traveled – IDIA Mumbai’s “Kranti” Visit

On 11th October 2015, the IDIA Mumbai chapter took the first step on the road less traveled when it visited Kranti, an NGO that empowers girls from Mumbai’s red-light areas, for a sensitization and legal awareness session. Much like IDIA, Kranti believes that when girls from such backgrounds have access to the same education, training, and opportunities as people from privileged backgrounds, they can become exceptional leaders.

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IDIA successfully conducts ‘A Walk to Awake’, Mumbai

By on Mar 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

IDIA successfully conducts ‘A Walk to Awake’, Mumbai

28 February, 2015, Mumbai — IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) kicked off operations in Mumbai this Saturday by successfully organising ‘A Walk to Awake’, which commencedwith a walk from Azad Maidan at 10:30am. The streets of Mumbai reverberated with the chants of IDIA volunteers and well-wishers who had come together for the eventand colorful posters and vibrant banners livened an unusually pleasant but otherwise dull Saturday morning. During the walk, IDIA well-wishers and student volunteers from GLC, Mumbai, led by Mr. Arnab Roy (Director In-Charge of the IDIA Mumbai Chapter) and Ms. Sachi Jain (Team Leader of the IDIA Mumbai Chapter), interacted with the people of Mumbai to spread awareness of law as a career. Mr. Rahul Sarella, Partner, AmarchandMangaldas& Suresh Shroff& Co., Mumbai, also conducted a brief sensitisationsession in Kannada for students from Kannada Bhavan Society High School,a Kannada-medium School, enlightening them about the legal profession and how IDIA enables children from underprivileged communities to become leading lawyers and community leaders. Minutes before the walk was slated to conclude, the famous Dabbawalas of Mumbai expressed a keen interest in understanding the IDIA movement. Mr. Rahul Sarella along with Ms. AmbareenMujawar (Chief Advisor, IDIA Mumbai Chapter) and Ms. EktaVerma (Deputy Team Leader, IDIA Mumbai Chapter) spoke to them about how the IDIA movement aims to empower underprivileged and marginalised communities in India by transform students from such communities into world-class lawyers and community leaders. Mr. Rahul Sarella also highlighted how IDIA not only enables access to legal education, but also empowers underprivileged children to achieve their full potential by sponsoring education at the leading law schoolsas well as providing mentorship and guidance through their law school tenures. The Dabbawalas promised their full support to spread the IDIA movement across the length and breadth of Mumbai through their networks. The walk culminated at Churchgate station at 11:30 am with the performance of a short yet powerful street play titled ‘Aashayein’. Comprising a cast of IDIA volunteers Sana Siddiqui, SanchitaHule, SohamBannerjee, TanviJawale, Sourabh Jain and ItishaKhandelwal, the playdepicted the perceptional prejudice people foster about the profession of law and how the IDIA movement envisions facilitating greater access to legal education and contributing to the empowerment of marginalized communities through the field of legal education.   After the play, it was time for the third part of the event—the SensitisationProgramme and Aptitude Test at the Government Law College, Mumbai. It was heartening to see the large number of enthusiastic students who had turned up along with their parents for at GLC, Mumbai. IDIA Volunteers held an interactive sensitisation session to create awareness about law as a career option and provide an insight into life at leading law schools and cracking the various entrance examinations to gain admission to the same. An Aptitude Test was successfully conducted for interested candidates to identify and select those with potential from underprivileged communities. This marks the beginning of IDIA’s Mumbai Chapter and its enthusiastic plans to spread its wings in the city of dreams by promoting legal education among the masses. For more information about IDIA and its activities, please visit www.idialaw.com or email IDIA at info@idialaw.com.  ...

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IDIA unveils the profiles of the Batch of 2014 Scholars

By on Mar 1, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

IDIA unveils the profiles of the Batch of 2014 Scholars

Seasons greetings from IDIA to all our well wishers and advisors! Just in case you are wondering what season we are referring to –  In another 2 months, our batch of 2014 scholars are going to write the two most important law entrance examinations in India i.e. CLAT and AILET, 2014. Examinations that they have been toiling for, since the last one year, in some cases, even two, and examinations that they look forward to as a life changing step for themselves and their communities! Each of these disempowered students have braved numerous odds and burnt the midnight oil to prepare for them – there is little doubt in our minds therefore that THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SEASON FOR US AT IDIA! It is important because we have to now provide the final impetus to them so that they are able to excel and come out with flying colours in the examinations. But what they make of their lives and how they empower their community through education, will depend on whether they are able to write the examinations in the first place! With each application form being priced at INR 4000 on an average, it is impossible for them to even dream about affording it. Several of them are struggling to find generous souls who would cover the cost of their CLAT forms so that they can take the final and most crucial step towards their goal of becoming lawyers and community advocates. On that note, I proudly present to you, the IDIA Batch of 2014 Scholars, who are some of the brightest and most talented students that truly deserve the education that you and I have so immensely benefited from. With the hope that you will find it in your heart to contribute, support and join us in helping these meritorious students realise their dreams of becoming future lawyers.   Christina Maria Charles Christina is currently a 12th grade student at Christel House India, Bangalore. She belongs to a family of five, her father works as a dhobi, her mother is a house keeper while her brother carries out odd jobs and her younger sister is still in school. At school, Christina has always exhibited academic excellence and has won several medals. She was ranked 7th in a State Level Mathematics Talent Examination and 3rd in a District level Science Talent Competition. In addition to academics, she enjoys reading and participating in elocution, debates and plays. Christina is deeply passionate about music and plays the piano, guitar and apart from being a good singer. She was first inspired by the profession when Retd. Justice Santosh Hegde visited her school and spoke to the students about the law and judiciary. She has adopted law as her career path because she believes that law and policy decisions contribute to bring a positive change in the lives of communities.   Pritam Das The first thing that would strike you if you met Pritam is his earnest face, which speaks of the dedication and drive he has in himself. Hailing from Basanti, a small village in the Sunderbans, West Bengal, he was born to a shopkeeper and a homemaker. He had never dreamed about becoming a lawyer, and neither had he ever given any thought to law as a career. However, the day the IDIA team went to select students from his school, his life took a whole different path. Working hard for almost two years, he secured a seat for himself in the Department of Law, Hazra Campus, of Calcutta University. He is enjoying college and has pledged to give it...

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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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IDIA Research and Policy Wing – IDIATE

By on Aug 27, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

  The IDIA Research and Policy Wing has been rechristened as IDIATE to reflect its growing status and importance.  IDIA is essentially a revolution…a revolution to empower underprivileged students, convert them to leading advocates and create a more inclusive India. This revolution needs a constant churning of creative ideas and thoughts. We need someone of exceptional merit and brilliance to lead our IDEATE wing. So if you are someone with innate leadership skills and blessed with terrific research and advocacy skills and an ability to think out of the box, then do apply soon to lead the IDEATE team. Some of the earlier tasks undertaken, among others, by the IDIATE team include: 1. The IDIA Diversity Survey at National Law Schools; 2. Proposals to the CLAT Committee on various components of the CLAT paper in order to make it more inclusive and less dependent on prior knowledge of law. 3. IDIA Disability initiatives including liaising with law schools to foster more disability friendliness, devising strategies to effectively train visually impaired students, research on the aids required by them to pursue higher education; 4. Research and advocacy on instituting more scholarships for underprivileged students; 5. Reservation related issues with regard to higher education; 6. Issues pertaining to various areas of law with regard to the functioning of a not-for-profit Trust in India; 7. Preparing compendiums on ‘Law as a career in India’, IDIA Newsletters etc How to Apply: Students interested in applying for this position must send in their CV along with a Statement of Purpose highlighting why they think themselves worthy of this position and their vision for how they would lead the team and take the unit forward. Please send your application to dbasu@idialaw.com Selection Procedure: Selection would be on the basis of an interview and an assessment of prior experience and the Statement of Purpose submitted. Terms and Conditions: Once selected, the Leader will be on probation for 3 months during which time, he/she shall be evaluated on the work undertaken and performed. The Leader shall be paid a stipend each month, commensurate with his/her completed assignments and tasks undertaken within the designated deadline.  Also we have a tie up with the Herbert Smith Foundation pursuant to which all team leaders can access the Herbert Smith Programs/courses in India and interact with their partners etc. Once selected, you can avail of this too. We expect the candidate to be well versed with legal research tools, basic areas of law and proficiency with basic IT such as MS Word and MS Excel.   Please apply only if you have the time to work on this. We expect at least 2 hours on regular working days and at least 10-15 hours a week. You should also be willing to undertake some work during vacations. And must be contactable by phone/email. It is imperative that the prospective Leader be proactive and propose new research ideas and goals so as to help IDIA fulfill its objectives of fostering diversity, inclusiveness and ultimately empowerment of the marginalized. So please apply only if you truly identify with our cause and have the time and inclination to really make a difference!...

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