The IDIA movement began when a few students of NUJS, along with Prof. Shamnad Basheer, conducted a sensitization programme at a school located at the picturesque hill town of Pelling, Western Sikkim, back in 2010. Since then, the IDIA movement has spread across the entire country. It is only fitting that this special association with Sikkim is maintained, with an IDIA volunteer team working out of and focusing exclusively on Sikkim.
A team comprising of Nazrul Molla, Manoj Subba, Kuenzang Pelden, Tenzin Lhadon and Hemlal Manger, all student volunteers from the Sikkim Government Law College, conducted sensitization programmes on the 6th November 2015, across two schools in Sikkim.
The team first visited the Biraspatii Parsai Senior Secondary School located in Ranipul. The team had an engaging discussion with the Vice-Principal of the institution about the concept and vision of the IDIA project. Thereafter, the IDIA team was allowed to interact with the students, who with rapt attention heard the team members, and filled with both interest as and curiosity, appeared for the IDIA Aptitude Test, the medium through which IDIA identifies future scholars.
Thereafter, the team headed to the next school on the itinerary: the Singtam Senior Secondary School. The Principal of the institution was pleased to receive the IDIA team. The students of this school displayed interest and appeared for the Aptitude Test as well.
All in all, 110-120 students were sensitized about law and a career in the legal profession across both the schools. However, only two schools could be sensitized in the day due to the prevailing constraint that the schools were located quite far away from the city of Gangtok where the IDIA volunteer team operates out of. The team was quite satisfied with its work for the day, and looks forward to organizing many more such fruitful sensitizations in the future as well.
Written by Nazrul Islam Molla and Subornadeep Bhattacharjee, IDIA North-East chapter