Shamnad Basheer, Professor at National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) has launched an access and diversity movement to reach out to the disadvantaged sections in rural and small town India an
vats! you are doing a great job...
vats! you are doing a good job..
yeah! this is a huge sigh of relief that there are some good news in this country, other than corruption and nearly collapsing law and order situation.it`s extremely encouraging on the part of Basheer Sir and fellow volunteers. Make it a mass movement. There will be hurdles but don`t give up. ALL THE BEST!!!!!!
this is great initiative by you sir. i am also a law student paying a huge amount per year and i belong to a middle class family.this sort of extraction of money is making law an elitist stream of study. this was same in earlier days and to change the situation the government came up with more law schools which will bring more lawyers and an increasing contribution to the legal world.high fees is seer failure of government. and this initiative is really going to work wonders.but, the main problem i guess will be that the students of rural india getting acquainted with english which is core element of law. they will face problem even in the questions that are set by the IDEA group. i am a part of this initiative in the bhubaneswar branch in orissa. we conducted the examination on 15th december,2010 in KISS (Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences), a school where students are not much equipped in english. the question set for them (the modified question paper)was really difficult to solve. those students were not able to understand the questions. sir, we want to make good lawyers come out from these groups , for which they are to be counted on their real talent with proper understanding.english has to be taken care to make this initiative bring real and gud lawyers.
Improving access is one thing Sir and changing the mindset of students is another. The law school i come from - HNLU - carried out this experiment during the intial years (2003-04) - although very few people know about it as it was not publicised. Lots of students belonging to the historically disadvantaged groups were admitted. In my own class (2nd Batch)there were about 20 students (out of 55). Their fee was waived and they were even provided free laptops. But, it did not work out - partly due to the fault of the group of students themselves and partly due to the lack of tolerance and understanding amongst their fellow mates. Most of them, as law graduates, are struggling and do not have well to do jobs. In my view, Sir, this will work only if the student mass, which is overwhelmingly elite in national law schools, understand and appreciate this problem and benefits that increasing access can bring in law schools. In my view, most of the populace in law schools is severly intolerant and cocooned to comprehend even what this initiative is all about. They will view it as a waste of time. The future, if I may say so Sir, look bleak.
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