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Introspection: Are you really a part of the IDIA family or do you treat it as just another volunteering organisation?

By on Nov 21, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Introspection: Are you really a part of the IDIA family or do you treat it as just another volunteering organisation?

A year back, you asked anyone at NALSAR what IDIA meant and they would have said, it meant family. I would have too. Today you ask the same question and some volunteers would say that it is an organisation that they are volunteering for. Somehow, IDIA lost that personal touch among many new volunteers. For me, managing this team became managing a bunch of volunteers, not a family. And as I made my way through those dusty roads to the Palam Vihar Centre of Literacy India, I asked myself the same question: What is IDIA to me today? With my shoes having taken a light brown color, I was ready to throw tantrums there. But then as the pick-up van from LiteracyIndia arrived and took me to their centre, I realised why I was there. I was there on IDIA work. And I truly had a re-discovery of my own IDIA journey. I realised that being a Team Leader, I had nearly forgotten the essence of IDIA. That it was I, who had lost touch! I was there to check out the facilities of LiteracyIndia, with whom we are planning to collaborate for English training. They teach kids from KG till 10th and then sponsor their education through “+2”. And those conversations behind closed doors in the office is not important. Those discussions and talks about teaching, material, method is not important here. What was important were those kids. What was important was the glimmer of hope that I saw on the face of the students I talked to. As I walked through those corridors leading to the classrooms and heard the laughter of the kids being taught, that laughter was important. It reminded me of the visits that I had made to Sai Junior College for the visually impaired or recently to Nagpur and the joy I had felt there. A joy that I drew from the hope and excitement of these kids. And truthfully that is what IDIA is. Yes, IDIA is an organisation that helps underprivileged kids access legal education. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. IDIA, for me and countless other people, is much more. IDIA is that glimmer of hope that you see on the face of your scholars when you go down to teach. IDIA is the smile that engulfs those visually impaired kids at Sai Junior when they meet us. It is the hope that each of us entertain, and continue to nurture everyday. A hope that we are building a better future. That we are filling in on the interstices that the larger institutions have so unabashedly ignored. The hope, that tomorrow we will have a more diverse educated society, built with compassion and mutual love and respect; where law schools are a more friendly environment. I completed my visit and was dropped off at an auto stop by the school bus that was taking students home. And as I took an auto rickshaw with a Bengali migrant driver, I posed myself the same question again. And this time I realised what it meant to me. IDIA is...

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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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INAT 2011

By on Jan 19, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The following are the students who have been selected through INAT 2011 Sl. No. Name State 1 Amogh R Karnataka 2 Tezaswini Ranjan Bihar 3 Neena J Kalyan Kerala 4 Madan P Karnataka 5 Greeshma Satyanarayna Karnataka 6 Swapna Satpathy Orissa 7 Kartikey Gupta Uttar Pradesh 8 Rupak Kumar Bihar 9 Ijya Tiwari Uttar Pradesh 10 Aditya Singh Uttar...

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INAT-Shortlisted Candidates for Scholarship

By on Dec 30, 2011 in Blog | 1 comment

Please note that this is only a shortlist of candidates and the final selections will be made based on telephonic interviews and verification of documents. We request all the candidates whose names feature in this list to email us immediately at idianat2011@gmail.com with their name, date of birth, full address, telephone number, reserved category status (SC/ST/disability), income level (combined income from all sources) and board marks (X and XII ). If you do not email us soon, we will strike your name off from this list. Sl. No Name INAT Score 1 Amogh R 289 2 Nikunj Agarwal 242 3 Debdeep Banerjee 235 4 Tezaswini Ranjan 202 5 Neena J Kalyan 196 6 Madan P 207 7 Greeshma Satyanarayana 201 8 Pratyush Pandey 198 9 Swapna Satpathy 193 10 Prashant Singh 187 11 Nilav Banerjee 179 12 Nabashis Mallick 177 13 Kartikey Gupta 176 14 Rupak Kumar 172 15 Shivam Roni 172 16 Aditya Singh 170 17 Pancham Srivastava 170 18 Sutapa Das Sarkar 168 19 Ijya Tiwari 168 20 Aman Dua 168 You can download the list from link below: Short Listed...

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Internships for IDIA (INAT) Team

By on Sep 28, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Internships for IDIA (INAT) Team

What is the IDIA? The IDIA(Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access) Movement started off under theleadership of Professor Shamnad Basheer of the West Bengal National Universityof Juridical Sciences (NUJS) as a movement to eliminate the inequities ofeducation. Some very disturbing statistics reflected a complete lack of diversity, with a majority of the students clearing the entrance tests forthese Universities hailing from the upper middle socio economic class bracket.The IDIA team set itself up, first in NUJS, and then in other National LawSchools throughout the country, as an attempt to question and change thesestatistics. The aim is to provide access to the resources required to crack theentrance exam to students from marginalized communities and regions, who wouldnot be able to get access to them otherwise. What does IDIA do? Local IDIAChapters have been set up in different parts of India. These local chaptershave conducted aptitude tests in the respective states, and have started anintensive training programme for those who did well, and those who areinterested in pursuing law as a career. A lot of students were found to beinitially very apprehensive about their career prospects, but enoughinformation was disseminated in this regard to convince most of them about theadvantages of this career choice. IDIA also selectsstudents for the training program through its exam called IDIA NationalAptitude Test which is held every year in several centres across the country. Last year INAT helped us select some of the most deservingIDIA scholars. 14 out of the 50 scholars trained by IDIA made it to variousNational Law Schools, including NLS, NALSAR, NUJS, NLIU, GNLU etc. through CLAT2011. What Will Interning With the IDIA Mean? Interning with theIDIA will mean being part of the teaching process for the IDIA scholars andinteracting with IDIA scholars and other volunteers. This is an immenseopportunity, more so for law students, because the IDIA Scholars are not onlyexceptionally bright, but also extremely keen to learn about the Law, andunderstand its various facets. While most students would cherish the process ofteaching in itself, the IDIA experience is that much more of a process ofself-discovery in that it deals with children who have managed to deviseincredibly ingenuous ways of learning for themselves. This internship presents the opportunity of being part ofsomething extraordinary, something that might change the face of legaleducation in the country, but will definitely change your paradigm of life. Requirements All interns willbe expected to help with a wide variety of work. For instance, we requirevolunteers to help us with registration for INAT which would be conducted on 6thNovember 2011 in 16 cities in the country. Volunteers would be required to beavailable on phone, take calls from students who have queries regarding law asa career, National Law Schools, scholarship provided by IDIA etc. They would beworking for a month as a part of the registration team for INAT, helpingstudents get registered for the exam. Volunteers do not need to be based at any particular locationin India – they would only be required to be available on phone and emaileveryday during this one month. No specialisedexperience or training is required and they can feel free to come up with new,innovative modes of reaching out to more students and schools across thecountry to spread the word about INAT and in turn help us select the brighteststudents as IDIA scholars. This would be a paid internship and all interns foundto have worked in a committed manner by the end of the stipulated time periodwill be granted certificates fortheir efforts signed by Professor Shamnad Basheer, on behalf of the IDIAInitiative. For furtherdetails, feel free to email Diptoshree Basu at dbasu3@gmail.com or call at 09831063675....

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