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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 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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