Nine IDIA Scholars make it to National Law Universities; help them achieve their dreamJune 18 2019
Even as the first allotment list for CLAT 2019 has been released, it has come to light that nine scholars from Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) have made it to various national law universities.
Three IDIA scholars have made it to NLU, Odisha; two scholars each have made it to NUJS Kolkata and GNLU Gandhinagar; and one student each has made it to NLIU Bhopal and NUSRL Ranchi.
The following are the IDIA scholars and their journeys:
At the age of four, Arjun experienced some irritation in one of his eyes. The local doctor was hardly suited to the task and ended up misdiagnosing him. As a result, he ended up losing sight in both of his eyes. Undeterred, Arjun continued to fight against adversity, and convert each of them to his advantage. This inspired Arjun to study law and become a lawyer to fight for justice for people who cannot afford to do so themselves.
Arjun has made it to GNLU, Gandhinagar.
Vaibhavi hails from Zirad, a village in coastal Maharashtra. Her father works two jobs to provide for his family - he is a farmer and also runs a small shop. She has now made it to GNLU.
After qualifying as a lawyer, Vaibhavi wishes to unleash a platform where the poor and needy are provided free access to justice
Sushanth’s father, a medical assistant under a private doctor, provides for the family of 4 through his salary of INR 8750 per month. Sushant was born with a defect in his eyes that rendered him blind at a very early age.
Sushant has made it to the NUJS Kolkata list.
Sheetal Kumari is a hardworking and passionate student from a small village called Patra Toli in the Ranchi Distict of Jharkhand. Her father works as a security guard at NUSRL Ranchi, where Sheetal has gained admission after cracking this year's CLAT. She says,
"I want to become a lawyer to fight for the rights of tribals and other oppressed communities and help them attain equal status in society.”
Biswajit belongs to a tiny village - Bhaktipur in the South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal. He is visually impaired due to a congenital birth defect.
Biswajit says, “law is a topic of myth and mystery” in his village which has seldom seen a lawyer. The villagers are constantly oppressed and taken advantage of due to their lack of knowledge of the law and their rights. Biswajit is determined to set things right. He has made it to NLU Odisha.
Akhil’s life has been one of grave hardship, having lost his father at a very tender age. His mother toils long hours in the field as an agricultural labourer to support Akhil and his younger brother.
Reality dawned when Akhil realized he could not afford the fees of the coaching centres or the national law colleges. He came to know about IDIA through a student at NALSAR and approached us. IDIA then approached its training partner, Career Launcher, which gladly agreed to offer free coaching. He has now made it to NLU Odisha.
Anant had cracked CLAT on a previous occasion and secured a seat in GNLU, but could not take admission due to financial constraints. He was constantly troubled by the thought that he would never be able to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer and a good bread winner for his family. Anant performed exceedingly well in all the aptitude tests to be selected as an IDIA trainee.
He has now made it to NUJS Kolkata.
Ashok Sagar hails from ‘Sargaro ka bas’, a tiny village in Rajasthan. His father, a farmer, supports a family of six with a paltry income of around INR 3,300 per month.
He has now made it to NLU Odisha.
Piyush Soni hails from Ganj Basoda, a small town in Madhya Pradesh. His father runs a small store and has to support a family of four with a monthly income that hardly comes to INR 10,000.
He has made it to NLIU Bhopal.
Last year, nine IDIA scholars gained admission to NLUs as well.
Unfortunately, law schools cost a lot these days. And not many law schools help our scholars. Indeed, only a handful of law schools offer our scholars scholarships and fee waivers and the rest have refused despite several pleas in the past. As such, we need to rely on the large-heartedness of potential donors who can support the education of these children. And help them fulfil their dream of becoming leading lawyers and community advocates.
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