Posts Tagged "Scholars"

IDIA is in the news for all the right reasons | Media Updates

By on Feb 6, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

IDIA is in the news for all the right reasons | Media Updates

From scholars making waves to the important year-round IDIA events. From sensitisations in Naxalite prone areas of Chattisgarh to a story of philantrophic ventures by members of the legal community. IDIA has been in the news for all the right reasons. Find out what they are.

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IDIA – Look Back 2016

By on Dec 31, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

IDIA – Look Back 2016

2016 was our biggest year yet. We want to thank everyone who made it possible. Here’s a look back at the year!

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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 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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