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It was around September 2015 that I saw a notice on my hostel’s notice board. It said IDIA was looking for team leaders and members. I wondered what ‘IDIA’ was and what it did. After researching about the organisation, I decided I would apply to become a member. I had no idea how it was going to be or what we were going to do, but I knew deep down that I wanted to be a part of an organisation that was not only creating awareness among people about law as a profession but also empowering underprivileged children through legal education. I was not thinking about doing it because it would add to my CV but because I knew this could be my contribution towards a better society.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of our team leader, Vipan Kumar, also an IDIA Scholar, we were able to kick start the IDIA Chapter in Punjab. Along with a few other people, I was selected to be part of the IDIA Chapter at my university—RGNUL, Patiala. We started to meet on a regular basis to take this forward. Despite facing many hurdles, we have successfully conducted a few sensitization sessions. We conducted an aptitude test, where we selected one person whom we are training for CLAT 2015.

From being refused permission to interact with students at schools to planning sensitization programmes at many villages, from listening to parents’ fears and hopes for their children to selecting the most deserving kids, it has not only been hectic to manage all this alongside regular classes but also challenging.

Although we are starting with training just one Scholar this time, we will surely select and train more students in the future. I hope we do it well and our efforts bring fruitful results.

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Written by Shivani Rawat, RGNUL, Patiala

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