What is IDIA?
The IDIA(Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access) Movement started off under theleadership of Professor Shamnad Basheer of the West Bengal National Universityof Juridical Sciences (NUJS) as a movement to eliminate the inequities ofeducation. Some very disturbing statistics reflected a complete lack of diversity, with a majority of the students clearing the entrance tests forthese Universities hailing from the upper middle socio economic class bracket.The IDIA team set itself up, first in NUJS, and then in other National LawSchools throughout the country, as an attempt to question and change thesestatistics. The aim is to provide access to the resources required to crack theentrance exam to students from marginalized communities and regions, who wouldnot be able to get access to them otherwise.
What does IDIA do?
Local IDIAChapters have been set up in different parts of India. These local chaptershave conducted aptitude tests in the respective states, and have started anintensive training programme for those who did well, and those who areinterested in pursuing law as a career. A lot of students were found to beinitially very apprehensive about their career prospects, but enoughinformation was disseminated in this regard to convince most of them about theadvantages of this career choice.
IDIA also selectsstudents for the training program through its exam called IDIA NationalAptitude Test which is held every year in several centres across the country.
Last year INAT helped us select some of the most deservingIDIA scholars. 14 out of the 50 scholars trained by IDIA made it to variousNational Law Schools, including NLS, NALSAR, NUJS, NLIU, GNLU etc. through CLAT2011.
What Will Interning With the IDIA Mean?
Interning with theIDIA will mean being part of the teaching process for the IDIA scholars andinteracting with IDIA scholars and other volunteers. This is an immenseopportunity, more so for law students, because the IDIA Scholars are not onlyexceptionally bright, but also extremely keen to learn about the Law, andunderstand its various facets. While most students would cherish the process ofteaching in itself, the IDIA experience is that much more of a process ofself-discovery in that it deals with children who have managed to deviseincredibly ingenuous ways of learning for themselves.
This internship presents the opportunity of being part ofsomething extraordinary, something that might change the face of legaleducation in the country, but will definitely change your paradigm of life.
All interns willbe expected to help with a wide variety of work. For instance, we requirevolunteers to help us with registration for INAT which would be conducted on 6thNovember 2011 in 16 cities in the country. Volunteers would be required to beavailable on phone, take calls from students who have queries regarding law asa career, National Law Schools, scholarship provided by IDIA etc. They would beworking for a month as a part of the registration team for INAT, helpingstudents get registered for the exam.
Volunteers do not need to be based at any particular locationin India – they would only be required to be available on phone and emaileveryday during this one month.
No specialisedexperience or training is required and they can feel free to come up with new,innovative modes of reaching out to more students and schools across thecountry to spread the word about INAT and in turn help us select the brighteststudents as IDIA scholars.
This would be a paid internship and all interns foundto have worked in a committed manner by the end of the stipulated time periodwill be granted certificates fortheir efforts signed by Professor Shamnad Basheer, on behalf of the IDIAInitiative.
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