Shubham Tirkey hails from Katanga, a village situated 30 kilometers away from Jashpur district, the northern tip of Chhattisgarh. It is a remote area with lack of educational facilities. Undeterred, Shubham stayed away from his family for six years in a government hostel in Jashpur for his schooling. Shubham is the youngest among 4 siblings and the only income was their retired father’s meagre pension. Shubham is a hard-working student, who likes playing football in his free time.
Determined to study further and pursue a legal education, he ignored his family’s suggestion of taking up farming. He was also undeterred by those who advised him that law is only for kids from privileged families with legal backgrounds. On further research, he came to know about CLAT, but he neither had the financial means nor his family’s support to attend coaching classes. As luck would have it, his father was informed about the free CLAT coaching classes provided by an IDIA scholar and an IDIA volunteer in Jashpur. This IDIA initiative was in collaboration with the district administration of Jashpur, that provided free food and accommodation to IDIA volunteers. Shubham convinced his father to let him join the classes. Shubham overcame many difficulties such as lack of geographical access, language barrier, financial adversities etc. to crack CLAT and secure a seat at HNLU. After finishing his legal education, Shubham wants to become a judge and make a difference to the society. He volunteered with WHO, for sensitising and creating awareness about STDs. He says: “In law school, I want to work towards holistic development of my personality and will seek to grow from my experiences by learning from them.”