Help promising students from humble backgrounds become lawyers: Contribute to IDIA

Bar & Bench April 19 2019
IDIA

The IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) Charitable Trust is in need of funds to help its trainees access quality legal education.

Every year, IDIA selects and trains promising young students to crack top law entrance examinations such as CLAT and AILET. These students are from marginalized and underprivileged backgrounds. To be selected as an IDIA trainee, they have gone through a rigorous selection process involving an aptitude test, an interview, and a thorough background check. They have been selected from hundreds of prospective candidates.

These students have been studying extremely hard for the past one to two years for highly competitive law entrance examinations, with the support and help of IDIA volunteers from top law colleges across India. As part of the training, these students have passed various mock tests by IDIA.

Their biggest hurdle is the high application fees of the law entrance examinations, which is at least Rs 8,000 for every aspirant. There about 50 trainees writing these exams this year from all parts of our country.

On being admitted to the top law colleges of the country, they will be given financial support and mentorship by IDIA to blossom into top leading lawyers and community leaders. This opportunity will change the lives of these students, their families, and would also positively impact their communities.

With your help, these promising and hardworking students, have a chance to change lives!

Come forward and help!

Donations can be made via this Ketto link- https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/lawyers or via direct Bank Transfer to the bank details given below:

  • Account Number: 6999413500083804
  • Account Name: IDIA Charitable Trust
  • Account Type: Current
  • IFSC: YESB0CMSNOC

Some IDIA Trainees’ Stories

Arjun Ghosh was born and brought up in a village in West Bengal. His father is a daily labourer and his mother is a homemaker. Arjun was not born blind. When he was 4 years old, he had some irritation in one of his eyes, and consulted an ophthalmologist who misdiagnosed and wrongly treated his eyes. He ended up losing his eyesight. Arjun neither had adequate legal nor financial aid to fight for justice, but has been determined to become a lawyer and fight for people who cannot do so themselves. Presently, he is studying at the Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boys' Academy. He also happens to be a history buff, and spends most of his time in the library. 

Falesha is from Anantnag, Kashmir. A studious young woman, she has an excellent academic record, with 88.4% in the 10th standard and 74.8% in her 12th standard board exams. After completing her higher secondary school education from the Govt. Girls School in Anantnag, Falesha took the year off to move to Delhi and prepare for CLAT 2019. Unfazed by the change of environment, Falesha studies for 10 hours a day, with the guidance of the IDIA Delhi Chapter, and rarely needs an extra push from her mentors.

Nine IDIA scholars crack CLAT, AILET to make it to NLUs

About the IDIA Charitable Trust

IDIA is a nationwide project which aims to empower underprivileged and marginalized communities in India by transforming students from such communities into world-class lawyers and community leaders through legal education and consequently build a more inclusive India.

IDIA was founded by legal academic, Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer. It employs a unique method of functioning i.e through its student volunteers in various law colleges all over India, who form the very backbone of this movement. The IDIA movement has now spread to over 18 different states and union territories.

Read more at www.idialaw.com

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