Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Local IDIA Chapters have been set up in different parts of India. These local chapters have conducted aptitude tests in various chapters, and have started an intensive training programme for those who did well, and those who are interested in pursuing law as a career. A lot of students were found to be initially very apprehensive about their career prospects, but enough information was disseminated in this regard to convince most of them about the advantages of this career choice.
In addition, the IDIA has been pushing relentlessly for reforming the CLAT. These concerted efforts have resulted in the CLAT Committee agreeing to various affirmative measures—for instance, removing the section on static general knowledge, and legal knowledge completely from the paper. The rationale is to test the aptitude of the students, rather than the knowledge.
WHAT WILL INTERNING WITH IDIA MEAN?
Interning with the IDIA will mean being part of the teaching process for the IDIA scholars. The subjects to be taught include English, Logical Reasoning, Legal Reasoning, General Knowledge and Maths (grade ten level). This is an immense opportunity, more so for law students, because the IDIA Scholars are not only exceptionally bright, but also extremely keen to learn about the Law, and understand its various facets.
While most students would cherish the process of teaching in itself, the IDIA experience is that much more of a process of self-discovery in that it deals with children who have managed to devise incredibly ingenuous ways of learning for themselves. This internship presents the opportunity of being part of something extraordinary, something that might change the face of legal education in the country, but will definitely change your paradigm of life.
All interns will be expected to help with a wide variety of work. For instance, they may be expected to conduct weekly classes, act as scribes for practice tests, help in analysis of test results etc. The internship programme will extend to at least four weeks. All students who have graduated from school, and are currently enrolled in a course in Law or are graduates from the same, are qualified to apply. Selections are subject to the discretion of the Internship Cell. No specialised experience or training is required and you can feel free to come up with new, innovative modes of teaching and working.
All interns found to have worked in a committed manner by the end of the stipulated time period will be granted certificates for their efforts signed by Professor Shamnad Basheer, on behalf of the IDIA Initiative.
For further details, feel free to email at : firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or call at 9593981263, 9007643825,
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
An aptitude test will be conducted soon as a follow up.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Brush up your knowledge about the legal goings-on in case you don’t know who they are, these are all those real proud heroes of their lives, who have showcased extraordinary grit and courage to nip adversity at its bud and take life as it came to them! Meet the IDIA Scholars, who cracked the CLAT 2011, and are now in the premier National Law Universities in India. All of them hail from lesser than modest backgrounds, having been subjected to the harshest hardships in life. Armed with nerve-cracking guts in their blood, steering through life’s challenges, they now stand with their heads held high, among those multitudinous well-fed, well-to-do kids, who have made it to the NLUs.
IDIA is what has brought in all the difference and spark to their lives. We started out as a pan-India student movement in making quality legal education accessible to the poorest of the poor in the country, and now in the second year of our existence, are very much alive and kicking! We have met with tremendous success in our very first year, and thanks to the coverage given by various news papers, be it The Hindu, Indian Express, or the Times of India, we have received widespread applause and publicity. Our good work continues to be appreciated by all the quarters in the legal fraternity till date.
We have had an excellent set of people working with us and the success rate speaks for itself, of their wide capabilities and competencies.
The present Directors of State Chapters for the tenure 2011-12 are:
1. Aathira Menon – Karnataka Chapter - firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Darshana Mitra – West Bengal Chapter - email@example.com
3. Apoorv Shah – Gujarat Chapter - firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Prateek Mohapatra – Uttar Pradesh Chapter - email@example.com
5. Gowri Harikumar – Kerala Chapter -firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Rachit Ranjan – Bihar Chapter -email@example.com
7. Srishti Aishwarya – Jharkhand Chapter - firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Abhishek Kumar - Rajasthan Chapter - email@example.com
9. Jwala Thapa & Joseph Renthlei -North East Chapter - firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Amartya Bag, Sayobani Basu & Vivek Jain - Orrisa Chapter - email@example.com
Not only the State Heads, we also have a wonderful team looking after the National Verticals. Here are their honorary mentions:
1. Research and Policy – Prajna Mohapatra (NUJS)
2. IDIA Disability – Anusha Reddy and Vaishnavi (NUJS)
3. IDIA Training – Sumitra Suresh (NALSAR) and Srishti Goyal (NUJS)
4. Core Advisory and Implementation – Raghul Sudheesh and Arnab Roy
5. Funding – Jhalak Kakkar (NUJS)
6. Admissions and Scholarship – Megha Kaladharan (NLSIU)
Call for Student Directors – State Chapters and All-India Verticals
At the behest of this second year of our existence, we are all set to spring in some fresh blood into our workforce! Now, when this is the lightening speed with which we are moving ahead, why not join us and be a part of history in the making? Why not spearhead the change you so-dearly want to see in the world? We ideally expect our IDIA Directors to possess the following qualities:
1. Should be proactive and willing to take initiative
2. Should be bold enough to take decisions under pressure of time and/or other factors
3. Should possess strong inter-personal skills and should be able to lead teams
4. Should be able to think out of the box and should be innovative
5. Most importantly, should be committed to the IDIA cause and should be able to spend a significant amount of time on IDIA consistently throughout the year.
If you think you have the above mentioned qualities, then IDIA is made for you!
We invite applications for the post of State Heads to kick-start new chapters and for following posts in the All-India Verticals:
1. Publicity and Media
Send in your CV and expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org to be a part of our team. Those of you who are interested in being a part of Publicity and Media - All India Vertical; please mail your CV's to email@example.com
We are also looking for people to join the specific teams which already have team leaders listed; so if you are interested in joining those specific teams please email the team leaders directly in their id's listed against their names.
You are most welcome to give in your inputs as to how best you can serve our purpose and how best can IDIA be improvised. If you wish to be a part of our Google group, drop in your mails to Shambo Nandy at firstname.lastname@example.org, and stay updated with our new programs and ideas.
Anything more you want to know about us, visit our website.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Every item I cherish communicates much about me. As I reflect on the past 14 years of my life, I realize they are tied to one of my two lives – that of a village girl who grew up in a world of sadness and desperation, devoid of hope, and the other of an educated and confident woman, who was given an amazing opportunity to aspire. Both of these lives compose who I am, and equip me with the knowledge to one day change the country I live in.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
We need people not only to deliver high quality questions and put together good quality tests, but to do so consistently month after month.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Prof. M.P.Singh, Vice Chancellor, WBNUJS
Justice Ruma Pal, ex Supreme CourtJjudge
Shishira Rudrappa, Founder, Bar and Bench
Shamnad Basheer, Ministry of HRD Professor of IP Law, WB NUJS
The trust deed appoints Prof. Shamnad Basheer as the first managing trustee.
The first meeting of the IDIA trust was held on the very same day at the National University of Juridical Science, Kolkata. The meeting was attended by all the trustees, namely, Prof. M.P.Singh, Prof. Shamnad Basheer, Mrs Ruma Pal and Shishira Rudrappa and also by the IDIA team leaders and volunteers present at NUJS. The meeting started with Prof. Basheer introducing the trustees to some of the IDIA team leaders and volunteers and thereafter each team leader was called upon to introduce his/her chapter and team before the trustees, in order to give them a fair idea about the work that has been undertaken by each of the chapters of IDIA.
Before the commencement of the presentations, the IDIA brochure prepared by Vivek Verma and Diptoshree Basu was handed out to each trustee.
The first presentation was by Diptoshree Basu who leads the Diversity at Home chapter and North East chapter of IDIA, followed by Arnab Roy who presented on the WB IDIA team. Thereafter Kumar Kislay introduced the IDIA Jitholi chapter to the trustees, Anusha Reddy on the Hyderabad chapter and Gazala on the Kashmir chapter. Priyanka Raj and Avisha Gupta presented on the training and question banks being created by IDIA for CLAT 2011. Prajna Mohapatra who heads the research and policy wing of IDIA elaborated on the various aspects on which IDIA has undertaken research and assisted the CLAT Committee 2011 to take decisions and make welcome modifications to CLAT 2011 paper.
After the presentation, Prof. Basheer introduced the other functional chapters of IDIA (such as Karnataka, Rajasthan etc) whose team leaders were not able to attend the meeting . Thereafter, the trustees interacted with the student volunteers and asked questions pertaining to the day to day functioning of the project. Mrs Ruma Pal suggested that IDIA must provide interest free loans to the IDIA scholars instead of providing full scholarships to them, given the current status of funds for the project. She also asked the students whether they have any provision for selecting girls as a part of the diversity objective. Mr. Rudrappa stressed on the need to document all the processes at IDIA so that it is easier for future teams to co-ordinate with each other and conduct all the processes without depending on any particular individual. Prof Basheer assured them that documentationwas being undertaken by each chapter and uniform formats being used by them to make the process more homogenous.
He also put forward the proposal of appointing a full time CEO from May 2011 who will oversee the functioning of the project on an all India basis.
The IDIA team thanks Debanjan Mandal, Sourav Bhagat and Paroma Ghosh of Fox Mandal Associates, Kolkata for their help in drafting and registering the trust.