National Law University, Odisha
Rajib Das hails from Talkui, a small village located in the West Midnapur district of West Bengal. He is the youngest member of his family, which comprises his father, mother, and elder sister. His father owns and runs a small fruit shop, and his mother is a homemaker. His family faced many financial difficulties despite his parents working hard to give their children a good life
Rajib is completely blind from a young age. When he was just 6 years old, he started having regular headaches and watery eyes. He consulted an eye specialist, and an immediate operation was suggested. Unfortunately, the operation was unsuccessful, and Rajiv lost vision in both his eyes. He has faced numerous challenges due to a lack of affordable and accessible resources. For example, often study materials are not accessible for those with print disabilities.
Rajib found his path when he started pursuing his schooling at Ramkrishna Mission Blind Boys Academy, Narendrapur. He has excelled in academics since his childhood. He scored 92% in the 10th standard and 93% in the 12th standard. Rajib is also an accomplished swimmer and has received many accolades in many swimming competitions throughout the state. He plays cricket and football as well.
Rajib was inspired by Arjun Ghosh and Biswajit Shil, his school seniors who became IDIA Scholars and got admission at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. Their journeys and success stories persuaded him to take up the field of law as a career.
He gives the credit for his success to the entire team of IDIA that supported him at every step of his training. He mentions that our guidance and mentoring were instrumental in his successful journey to cracking CLAT. IDIA provided accessible preparatory materials to him. IDIA also arranged a scribe for him around one and a half months before CLAT. This helped him immensely as he got to practice mock exams with the scribe.
Rajib also mentioned that the financial assistance provided by IDIA throughout the application and admission process has also been immensely beneficial for him. He was also enrolled with Career Launcher, one of our training partners, and their lectures and mock tests helped him. Rajib aims to become a successful lawyer and alleviate the socio-economic issues faced by his community and support his family.