IDIA Scholars Shining at a Traditional Law University



Approximately five years ago, a team of NUJS students led by Prof. Shamnad Basheer visited a government senior secondary school in the town of Pelling in the North-Eastern state of Sikkim. It was a humble beginning for IDIA and back in the day, we had a vision of making IDIA a pan India movement to increase diversity at elitist National Law University’s. Now, almost half a decade later, we can confidently say that IDIA has become a movement it was envisaged to be.  50 IDIA scholars have managed to gain entry into the various NLUs. We have had more than 1000 volunteers who have sensitized close to 20000 people across the length and breath of this country.  IDIA is gaining momentum and is making substantial progress in leveling the playing field for the disenfranchised.

Over the last few years, we’ve had a number of students with terrific aptitude for the study of law and a huge fire in their bellies. Unfortunately owing to the fact that CLAT can often turn out to be a toss of the coin, they failed to make it despite their best efforts. We decided to place them at the traditional universities and augment their learning as far as possible.

We realized that we need to increase our coverage to the non-National Law University students to make a bigger impact. As of today, we are supporting 9 students at different traditional law universities.  Rinju Kumari, currently in her 2nd year at South Calcutta Law College, is one such scholar. Eager to learn, Rinju belongs to a Tea Tribe of Assam  and hails from the Beheating Tea Estate, Dibrugarh, Assam. Her father is a teacher in the local primary school. Interested in singing, dancing and cooking, Rinju has proven herself to be as dedicated a law student as one gets. In her second semester examination, Rinju scored a whopping 78.40% and became the topper in her batch. Rinju’s education is being sponsored by NUJS alumni Dina. K. who is currently working at JSA, Mumbai. We are confident that with right nurturing, Rinju will become an exceptional lawyer and community leader. When I asked her what she will do after becoming a lawyer, this is what she had to say: “My tribe is one of the most backward in Assam in all the spheres, economic, social, political. Most of the people are illiterate and under the clutches of poverty and they are unaware about their rights, opportunities and responsibilities. So my aim in life is to enlighten the people about their rights and opportunities and also help in their upliftment and help them compete with the present world.”

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