Pooja Shukla

Pooja, hails from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Her father is an employee of a social organisation as an accounts manager and works part time there. His income fluctuated between INR 6000-8000 per month when Pooja joined IDIA as a Scholar. With this income, he took care of the family including his two daughters; one of whom was still in the first standard. Pooja’s mother is a homemaker, so the family solely depends on her father’s income.

Passionate and determined about her studies from the beginning, she did her schooling from Adani Vidya Mandir which is a CBSE affiliated school that provides education at no cost. It is especially meant for the students in need from economically weaker classes. She scored a 10 CGPA in the tenth standard and stood first in her school, followed by 94.20% in her twelfth standard, again holding the first position in her school.

Along with her studies, she also participated in extracurricular activities, like managing events and taking up responsibilities of being the school head girl. She was also a part of the Model United Nations’ society. Dance holds a special place in her heart and she has participated in many dance events.

Pooja came to know about IDIA from her school. Due to the similar motive of nurturing the students in need; both the institutions had gotten in touch and that was the turning point for her. Some mentors from the Ahmedabad (Nirma) Chapter of IDIA selected her after she cleared the INAT as well as the other criteria required to be an IDIA Trainee. She was sent to one of the coaching centres in Ahmedabad for CLAT for the crash course. She could not crack it in her first attempt in 2019. Not giving up and determined to succeed, she worked hard and burnt the midnight oil to fulfill her dreams.

All her efforts paid off when she performed well in CLAT 2020 and secured a seat at GNLU, Gandhinagar in the very first list. Pooja aspires to contribute to society, and become a matter of pride for her family and an inspiration to her younger sibling and friends from her school.

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