The Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) to legal education initiative continued its success this year as well, with five of their scholars making it to the leading law schools in India.
Supporting IDIA’s efforts, the NLS administration has waived the tuition fees for two of our scholars who made it to NLS this year (Yamuna Menon and Anil Bhadu).
Acknowledging their efforts, Prof. Shamnad Basheer wrote on his blog: “Both these Vice Chancellors (Prof. Rao of NLS and Prof. Singh of NLU Delhi) are true leaders in the legal education firmament, in terms of their commitment to social justice, an ideal routinely taught at law schools. Unfortunately, many of the other Vice Chancellors have not been as responsive to these ideals, but hopefully, we will convert them in the years to come.
We also have to take a moment to thank Prof Ishwar Bhat (VC of NUJS) immensely for continuing the NUJS tradition of supporting IDIA scholars through fee waivers. This year as well, he’s willingly agreed to provide a fee waiver for Lakesh Meena, our differently abled scholar from a village in Rajasthan who made it to NUJS.”
Despite these fee waivers, IDIA still needs to work up a decent sum to cover their stipendiary expenses: books, clothes, travels, food, internships etc. This works out to around Rs 1 lakh a year. They have invited any support that can support these brilliant students.
As for the remaining three scholars, they need approximately Rs 3 lakhs a year to put them through their respective law schools. They’re writing to the respective vice chancellors of the law schools (HNLU Raipur and NLU Jodhpur) where they’ve been admitted to offer them a fee waiver, but they’re not sure if this will come through in this year. They have invited any support in this regard as well. If anyone knows these vice chancellors, they request them to help them by writing to them.
“After all, IDIA is helping them by fostering more diversity within their classrooms, and the least they can do is to waive fees for students at the bottom of the financial pyramid,” Prof. Basheer wrote.
All details to contribute to the education of these underprivileged scholars are available on their website.
Following is the profile of the achievers, as retrieved from the IDIA website: