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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Towards Great Mentoring Programs At Our Law Schools

The IDIA (Increasing Diversity By Increasing Access To Legal Education) Project aims at encouraging students from rural areas, poor economic backgrounds, vernacular medium schools and other disadvantaged sections to take CLAT and get admission into the top National Law Schools (NLSs).

It is hoped that the students will substantially benefit from the quality education and immense career options that legal education in NLSs will afford them. However, there are challenges too. One of the biggest ones is social which throws sensitive and very important questions:

Will these students be able to mingle and interact freely with the high class, english medium educated students?

How do we ensure that the so called ‘elitist’ population at NLSs accept students from the disadvantaged sections?

In what ways do we tackle such socially awkward situations?

How can great mentoring programs be launched and what consitutes great mentoring programs?

Please do put in your views and ideas on these queries so that we can put some of them to practice and ensure that adequate and workable diversity models and mentoring programs are in place at our law colleges.


Rajneesh Singh said...


this is a great initiative by prof Basheer and you all. I salute.

I will be there always to help these students

Tanuj Kalia said...

Thanks a lot for your support Sir.

Deepak Raju said...

Hi Tanuj,

We could try and locate students from similar backgrounds in the senior batches who are doing well or reasonably well. They could be the mentors/ links. I for one, could volunteer as I come from a rural region and am willing to take this up. I am sure many more will be interested.

Good initiative at blogging.

Rohit singh said...

gr8 initiative,pls continue it,i do personally know lots of good student who got selected,but boycotted by their family becoz of economic and cultural problem u pointed.i also belong frm small town,their is gr8 misconception about legal field and most of brilliant dreams gave up due to social pressure,their ppl only consider med\eng as d only career oppurtunity.

their views about legal proffession r not uptodate,they have several misconcept about law,i think only awareness about career oppurtunity will help this ppl to get out frm this misconcept.