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IDIA Sensitisation Program at Sree Narayana HSS, Cochin

By on Aug 1, 2010 in Blog | 0 comments

IDIA Sensitisation Program at Sree Narayana HSS, Cochin

IDIA Cochin Chapter initiated its activities in Ernakulam on 31-7-2010. The much awaited sensitization session of IDIA took place at Sree Narayana Higher Secondary School, Ayyappankavu between 1.30 PM and 2.15 PM. The team which conducted the session consisted of Aiswarya, Rinie, Parvathi, Boaz, Reshma and Anupama. The fourty five minute long session was held for two classes, one consisting of students belonging to humanities stream and the other of commerce stream. We started off by asking how many of them were interested in taking up law as their career. To our disappointment, only 3 to 4 hands went up and as usual, they too were ignorant about law schools and the varied career prospects of law. Hence we had to start from the scratch. We began by enlightening them about the various prospects of law. Then we explained about law schools, law colleges and other law institutes and their differences. We also elucidated the difficulties for gaining an entry into National Law Schools. Then we dwelt upon the purpose of IDIA and how IDIA could make legal education accessible to meritorious candidates. Soon the session became more interactive and informal as the students put forward many doubts. At the end of the session, we put forth the same question that we had asked them in the beginning i.e. how many were actually interested in taking up law. To our surprise and joy, there was a considerable increase in the number of hands that had gone up. Moreover, 10 out of 40 commerce students and 30 out of the 50 humanities students were keen on taking the aptitude test. Report prepared by Anupama S. and Murali...

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IDIA Sensitisation Session at St. Thomas HSS, Thiruvanthapuram

By on Jul 15, 2010 in Blog | 0 comments

IDIA Sensitisation Session at St. Thomas HSS, Thiruvanthapuram

A sensitisation session was conducted by members of the IDIA Thiruvanthapuram chapter headed by their regional coordinator Ms.Vineetha Vinayan at St. Thomas Higher Secondary School for the students Std.11 & 12 of the commerce batch. The session started at 1.00 PM, a welcome to the IDIA team was given by Mrs. Geetha.K, School Administrator. An insight about IDIA project was given by Pinkey Sara Georgey. The interactive session was handled by Maneka Nair and Manoranjan. Most of the students were eager to know if they could take the course with any other degree and also to how to crack CLAT. The students had a view that the only option that you have after taking law was litigation. The questions mostly asked were about the 5 year and 3 year course. They wanted to know if they could opt law with any other degree and about the number of law colleges in Kerala. Some students queried if the entrance was common for all law institutions in India, how many entrance exams were there, the minimum qualification required to attend the entrance, etc. After the session some students who did not raise questions during this group session approached our volunteers individually and enquired about the courses. We thank the school authorities who were immensely supportive towards our intiative. The session ended by...

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IDIA Logo Designing Competition (Deadline extended to August 10)

By on Jul 8, 2010 in Blog | 1 comment

IDIA Logo Designing Competition (Deadline extended to August 10)

It is a huge idea And we need someone to capture it all in a neat logo. The IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) is a project which has taken off. We are receiving immense help and support from various National Law Schools, lawyers, law firms, media and other stakeholders. Now we are looking for a logo for IDIA; something which tells the 10,000 words of our concept note in a few strokes of pen. IDIA’s Logo Designing Competition invites entries from all the creative individuals out there. Entries by law students and lawyers are especially welcome. There are no eligibility conditions and anyone can send his/her entry. The winner whose logo gets selected will be given Rupees 5000/- as a prize. The copyrights of the logo will be transferred to IDIA. The last date for submission is August 10, 2010. We’ll accept logos in any kind of format provided the logo is clear and legible. You can email your entries to Prof. Shamnad Basheer at shamnad@gmail.com Or post it to this address: Shamnad Basheer, Ministry of HRD Professor in IP Law West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WB NUJS) NUJS Bhavan, 12 LB BLOCK, Salt Lake City, Sector III Kolkata ‐ 700098, India. Please do send in the following details along with your entry: Name: Address: Email ID: Name of the school /college/ place of work: (Picture from...

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How to start an IDIA chapter at your law college

By on Jul 5, 2010 in Blog | 0 comments

How to start an IDIA chapter at your law college

IDIA teams are free from bureaucratic controls and institutional requirements. It is a volunteer based movement which any socially motivated law student can initiate at his/her law college. Here is a brief primer: 1. Read the concept note on IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) to get to know about IDIA in complete detail. 2. In your college inform as many people as you can. Tell your friends about it and get in touch with the Legal Aid Society and other related groups. Send the concept note to the group/batch email accounts. Get the support of the faculty too. Please note that IDIA has no hierarchical organisation though team leaders are responsible for the allotted tasks. After gathering considerable support of the students and faculty, talk to your Vice Chancellor/Director about IDIA and brainstorm how your law college can start similar initiatives in and around the area. You can put a letter by the Vice Chancellor/Director on notice boards asking students to join the IDIA team. 3. Identify senior secondary schools (schools till class 12) situated in rural/economically backward areas in and around your college. See if you know some student/teacher from that school so that convincing the authorities becomes easier. You can also talk to the Principal of the school directly. 4. After discussing it with the school principal decide on some specific day when the IDIA team will visit the school for the talk/seminar and the aptitude test. Prepare well in advance. Talking about local legal personalities, stars go well with the students and so does the mention of placement figures etc. 5. Talk and test– Ideally you will need to reserve two classes (of 45 minutes each, approximately) for the two tasks. During the pre-decided day the first class is utilised for a small talk on CLAT, National Law Schools and Law as a career option. In the second class the aptitude test (which is available to the IDIA teams) is administered to the students. 6. Select– The students who score the highest in the aptitude test are selected after consultation with their teachers. The students selected should have a good chance of cracking CLAT on being provided with coaching. The aptitude test’s marks are to be tabulated in an excel file. Those students who are economically well off are not given free CLAT coaching but can surely keep in touch for guidance/mentoring etc. Economically poor students qualify for free CLAT coaching. Their full details should be kept for record. 7. Share- Students are encouraged to share their experiences on the school visits etc. Our blog should provide you a ready reference on that. 8. Reach out– Visit as many schools as possible. Join the Facebook page, the blog, the group mails etc. For any clarification you can contact Prof. Shamnad Basheer of NUJS at shamnad[at]gmail[dot]com or Deepak Raju, a 5th year student at NUJS who is coordinating with the IDIA regional teams at deepakelanthoor[at]gmail[dot]com, 9. Funding and support– Try to get as many funds as possible. Travel, accommodation, printing costs etc. require money and socially committed lawyers, law firms, NGOs, philanthropists etc. should be willing to help you. You can send the IDIA funding note to prospective donors. IDIA has a tie-up with IMS for free CLAT coaching. If your area does not have an IMS center you will also need to involve a CLAT coaching institution to train the selected students. There is a lot more that IDIA teams are doing. You will get to know about that with time when you become the part of the Google groups which have...

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IDIA Hyderabad Reaches Out to Visually Handicapped Students in Ranigunj

By on Jul 4, 2010 in Blog | 0 comments

IDIA Hyderabad Reaches Out to Visually Handicapped Students in Ranigunj

IDIA Hyderabad conducted an aptitude test in an intermediate college run by Devnar Foundation in Ranigunj, Hyderabad. This college is especially for the visually challenged students. A few of us went and spoke to the students of the school on 24th of June. We spoke to them about law as a career option and how it is a great tool for the empowerment of the society. In the past, the students of this college have excelled in various fields. One of their students is studying at the prestigious Masssachussetts Institute of Technology on merit. When we spoke to one of the teachers, we were told that some students scored as high as 95% in languages and 92% in commerce. We believed that this was a good college to work with as these students are bright and getting into a National Law University would be a viable option for them. A total of 40 students registered for the test. Vidyu, Aishwarya, Vaishnavi, Vimal and I (Anusha Reddy) brought along 40 scribes to read out the questions to them individually. Cheers to the volunteers, as we arranged for the volunteers on a day’s notice! We decided to give them 1 hour and 45 minutes (instead of the stipulated 1 hour and 30 minutes) as the government regulations give extra time of thirty minutes to people with disabilities. Most of the students who took the test were fluent in English. A few of them faced hindrances but nevertheless managed. We conducted the test for the eleventh class students as well. The feedback that we got from the scribes was that most of the visually challenged students faced difficulty in the long passage questions and also in the sequencing questions as it was difficult for them to remember the correct order as the students could not draw out the series of options on paper. A very good thing is that most of the students were very good with the General Awareness questions. Some of them did not even need options for the question on the Chief Justice of India! Everything went off smoothly. We are still in the process of correcting the papers, the results of which we will share with the IDIA Google groups...

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