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OF LAW, KIDS and CHAI – IDIA GOES TO NAGPUR

By on Jul 29, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

OF LAW, KIDS and CHAI – IDIA GOES TO NAGPUR

Expanding it horizons, IDIA conducted a sensitization programme at Nagpur that was carried out by the Hyderabad chapter, being the closest available chapter. The team consisted of  Dipankar Krishna Das, Siddharth Jha and myself. The team was accompanied by Diptasri Basu, Executive Director, IDIA. On ground, we received support from Mr. Ashok Mrig, one of IDIA’s most passionate supporters, who was also our host at Nagpur. We were put up at a comfortable guest house that came with a cook who enquired after every hour if we wanted tea. J His piping hot tea provided a welcome respite after all the travelling and it went well with the rainy weather too! The sensitization was conducted at Yukti Coaching Centre, which is a training centre for engineering and medical exams. Our objective was to introduce the wonders of law as a career to those who are currently contemplating pursuing the traditional career paths chosen by a majority of teenagers in India. So yes, we were met by the initial apprehension that ardent worshippers of IIT-JEE greet non-science options with. Their opinion of lawyers? ‘A black coat wearing person who makes money by lying.’ But with Dipto on our side, ready with all the facts and statistics, proving that law was as good, or even better an option for some was not difficult. The sensitization talk involved explaining how study of law provides empowerment, the wide variety of job opportunities available to law students, law school life, CLAT and what IDIA does. Efforts were made to make the session interactive by connecting law to their favourite films and how elements of law are woven intricately into film plots too, which often go unnoticed by the layman. Since the target audience comprised mostly of science and commerce background students, the IDIA team introduced them to the specialisations that law offers which would be of interest to the science students eg. space law, patent law, biotechnology law etc. Similarly, those that wished to pursue commerce and business studies were introduced to corporate law and mergers and acquisitions at a very basic level so that they understood the variety of options offered after a law degree and the flexibility of being able to choose one close to their heart! During this time the initial apprehension gave way to mild curiosity and then to actual keenness. This was followed by an aptitude test that was taken by 38 students. The top seven scorers were selected. An interview was conducted for these seven students. Although some of them seemed interested in giving law a shot but it seems that the social indoctrination of pursuing nothing but engineering/medical will take more than one sensitization to be dismantled. They were interested in studying for CLAT as a second option and were not ready to give up engineering preperations. Although one girl, not amongst the top seven, approached us and told us that she was keen on pursuing law and sought guidance. So it was decided that IDIA will train her on a trial basis for six months during which she will have to take periodic tests to map her improvement and monitor her progress. In case she shows a significant improvement, she would be inducteded as a scholar. Also, dear IDIA volunteers trust me when I say this, sensitization trips are something that you should not miss when you get a chance! Not only do you get involved with work directly and meet scholars and understand their circumstances which humble you and inspire you, it is also a lot of fun. Once we were done with all the work,...

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A Run to Remember – IDIA NUJS at the Amity Kolkata Half Marathon

By on Feb 14, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

A Run to Remember – IDIA NUJS at the Amity Kolkata Half Marathon

February 3, 2013 3rd February, 2013, 6:15 AM. It was a chilly Sunday morning in Kolkata, and the usually quiet and sleepy NUJS campus was abuzz with the energy of excited students eager to leave for Red Road. The occasion- the AMITY Kolkata Half-Marathon, which was a great platform for us to promote the noble cause of IDIA. The idea that was born in one of our meetings held in December was met with an encouraging response from the student body at NUJS. About 90 students registered, of which 65 were part of the Dream Run (4 km) and 25 were running the entire distance of 21 kms. Dressed in white IDIA T-shirts which had the logo and aim of IDIA printed in bold red, we enthusiastically boarded the bus that was arranged especially for us. On reaching the registration desk at 6:50 AM, we collected our goody bags and waited for the race to start. The Kolkata weather for once, was perfect for running! It seemed as if even the weather Gods were assisting us in our cause. The moment the race started, we started running as a team. The huge group of students running in unison attracted the attention of many, and that helped greatly in spreading the IDIA message among curious co-participants, pedestrians and by-standers. They were really impressed when they came to know about the work that we do as part of the IDIA student movement. However, our greatest success was the extensive media coverage that was given to us by 24 Ghanta, one of the most prominent Bengali news channels. The channel has a huge audience not only in Bengal, but also in Bengali households all over the world, so it was a highlight for IDIA to be featured there. They were kind enough to telecast our run throughout the day, and featured our participation as one of the highlights of the marathon. They even explained on television the work that is done by IDIA keeping “Empowerment of the Underprivileged through Legal Education” as its ultimate goal. Although all of us are not professional athletes, the youthful spirit that is intrinsically associated with the IDIA student movement helped about 7 of us complete the marathon in good time. The exhilaration that we felt when we saw the finishing line was incomparable, but what was more important was that we could spread the IDIA message far and wide with our participation in the marathon. After the marathon, we gathered in front of the main stage where Chief Guest Rahul Bose shared his experience at the Kolkata half-marathon. Meeting one of the finest actors India has today was definitely a high point of the already great day! As they say, pictures say a thousand words. If pictures are anything to go by, it is evident that we all had an amazing time; it was a really memorable experience for all of us. At the end of the day, it didn’t matter who won and who didn’t; it didn’t matter that our legs ached or that we were exhausted. It was time we made this opportunity count and we did! The thrill, happiness and satisfaction of having gone some distance in helping someone somewhere in need was indeed unparalleled. Our fantastic experience at the marathon has encouraged us to such an extent that we plan to come up with more such innovative ideas and venture into even more unconventional avenues in future, so that the message of the IDIA student movement is spread far and wide! Picture Credits – Avinandan...

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IDIA Sensitization at Somaiya University / educational complex

By on Feb 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The Somaiya University / educational complex is located in Vidyavihar, Ghatkopar (East), Mumbai. This University has different colleges in varied streams of science, humanities and commerce. For the purpose of IDIA, we have selected the following 3 colleges which comprise of students from Class XI and XII.   1.     S.K. Somaiya Junior College; 2.     K.J. Somaiya Junior College of Arts and Commerce; 3.     K.J. Somaiya Junior College of Commerce and Science.   The first sensitization was conducted in the K.J. Somaiya Junior College of Arts and Commerce. This has already been captured in the blog post of January 19, 2013 by Diptoshree Basu.   On January 28, 2013, we conducted two sets of activities in the other two colleges (1) Short talks with students from S.K. Somaiya Junior College; (2) an aptitude test and sensitization for students from K.J. Somaiya Junior College of Commerce and Science.   1. S.K. Somaiya college:   Here, contrary to schedule, we were unable to hold a power-point presentation for students as the college was unable to arrange for it. So, we took the opportunity to go to individual Class XII classrooms and give a 2 minute talk on legal education and legal profession to the students. A good bunch of interested students who were thinking about law, or were keen to think in that direction approached us and enthusiastically signed up for the aptitude test. Pursuant to confirmation from the college, we will soon follow up on the test.   2. K.J. Somaiya College for Science and Commerce:   Here, the Principal had requested us to first hold the aptitude test and then conduct a presentation. He felt that instead of collecting all students (immaterial of their interest in law) for a presentation, we should try and pick out the interested ones.   So, we followed a strategy of a 2 minute talk + aptitude test + presentation.   2 minute talk: At the outset, we went to individual classes and had an informal and short chat with the students on the possibility of a legal education, its pros in terms of empowerment, learning rights and duties and the world of opportunities before a law graduate. We then explained that we wish to hold an aptitude test for them which will help them gauge where they stand at a national level in a probable law entrance exam. Through this, we try to do two things: get them excited about something new like law; second, try to present the aptitude test as a challenge. A good number of students signed up for the test.   Aptitude test: We conducted aptitude tests for about 70 students from Class XI.   Presentation: We followed the aptitude test with a power point presentation. The presentation covered the importance of legal education for one’s career and life. On the career point we stressed on the wealth of opportunities available to a law graduate especially from one of the NLUs. We focused on national and international opportunities for work, higher studies and the promising financial remuneration after a legal education. We also spoke about the diverse paths of politics, bureaucracy, journalism, business management which a lawyer may take.   We equally emphasized on the role of legal education in changing the way a person thinks –it forces the person to constantly weigh the relevance or irrelevance of an issue in making a decision. It makes a person understand which point actually substantiates an argument and which doesn’t, thus enabling a person to make more convincing arguments and looking at things more objectively. Thus, it shapes the personality of a law graduate to...

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IDIA sensitization at K J Somaiya Junior College of Arts and Commerce, Ghatkopar, Mumbai

By on Jan 19, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The IDIA team consisting of Shreya Parikh, Smriti Bahety, Heena Rohra and Prajna Mohapatra conducted the sensitization programme on law as a career option at the K.J. Somaiya Junior College of Arts and Commerce. Eleventh standard students from both the Arts and the Commerce streams attended the sensitization. The supervising administrative staff expressed the advantages of communicating in vernacular (i.e. Hindi or Marathi) to connect better with the demographic present in the classroom. Therefore, we improvised and used a fair bit of Hindi to optimise its interaction with the audience. There were approximately 100 students who attended the sensitization and about 20 of them showed interest in taking the IDIA aptitude test later this month. We are confident that many more will take the test when it is conducted. We set up a power point projector for the presentation and distributed the IDIA brochures among the students. We specifically discussed the role and importance of NLUs, the high fee structure prevailing in the NLUs, the requirement of law aspirants to undergo coaching to crack a standardized exam like the CLAT, etc. We also discussed the role of IDIA in helping students attain financial assistance/ fee waivers (in case of admission to the top 3 law schools) and training to crack the CLAT. We also presented a short skit enacting a court-room drama to demonstrate that argumentation is fun and law is not just about deciding what is wrong and what is right. We ended the sensitization programme with real life examples of IDIA scholars and invited questions from the audience. The students were shy and reluctant to speak up before the entire class to get their doubts addressed — however, many of them did personally come up to the IDIA team at the end of the presentation to understand more about how IDIA trains its students and the manner in which it handholds...

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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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