National Law University Odisha Students Sensitize College Students on Legal Education in Rural Cuttack
Report by Odisha Diary Bureau, Cuttack: A group of ten students of National Law University Odisha (NLUO) represented IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access) to sensitize and counsel college students in the rural areas of Cuttack last week. The sensitization and awareness workshop was held at “Domapara Anchalika Mahavidyalaya”, Damapada, Cuttack. The NLUO students staged a drama to attract attention of the students and create curiosity and interest on how law affects our daily life. The objective of IDIA has been to attract meritorious students from under-privileged sections of society.
The team began by explaining about the necessity and role of law which was depicted through a short drama put up by the students themselves. The program consisted of a short play, highlighting the flaws of today’s legal system, as well as bringing to light the importance of social responsibility and morals in bridging the legal lacunae that exist today. The play depicted crimes such as corruption, bribery and murder in order to show how these issues affect the people and society today. The play also served the dual purpose of creating broad awareness of the need of law and also bringing about an interest in a legal education amongst the underprivileged sections of society.
After the play, the team had an interactive session with the students of the college and asked them questions related to the play. They inquired and realized that various students interpreted the play in different ways and had distinct perspectives drawing from their own perspectives. Thereafter, the students were informed about IDIA and the broad objectives of IDIA. They were also told about the INAT, the entrance test of IDIA and were provided with sample questions for the same. The mode of communication during the workshop was mixed, that is Odia, Hindi and English. The team received a highly positive response from the students. They were all zealous and enthusiastic and gladly participated in the session. Also, the team interacted with the Principal of the college Mr. Chittaranjan Rana and other faculty members and explained to them the further procedure that is usually followed by IDIA. He was overwhelmed by the student response same.
The sensitization was successful in both spreading awareness as well as generating a keen interest in legal education in the state. It is hoped that such access to legal education would go some way towards empowering the marginalized and underprivileged students and the communities that they represent. The team is scheduled to take the INAT for these students in the next week. The team was ably assisted by Prof Kamala Kanta Dash who teaches Public Policy and Management at NLUO. Prof Dash who has experience and expertise in journalism, literature, public policy and many other diversified fields, enthusiastically participated in the process and tremendously helped make the event a successful one, by sharing his insights, experiences and knowledge with a curious crowd. The team as a whole created a buzz among the student community of the college regarding IDIA, NLUO and possibilities in legal education.
The team comprised of Rahul Agrawal, Sourav Mishra, Tamoghna Saha, Avadhuta Vamshi Krishna, Shubham Sonkar, Anshuman Rath and Shreni Taran Jain, Istuti Kapoor, Aaryana Anand, Tanjila Afsan and Pranakrushna Beura.
IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access) is a non-profit organization that sensitizes and empowers economically under-privileged children and helps them acquire quality legal education. It started off under the guidance and leadership of Prof. Shamnad Basheer, an eminent legal scholar. The main aim of the organization is to eradicate the economic inequalities persisting in legal education and break the shackles of economic barriers existing in educational fields.
In Odisha the IDIA team works to assist the economically incapable yet extremely talented children in walking the extra mile and making it to a National Law University. It also supports them in tuition fees and helps them survive the five years of a law school in all ways possible. The very first step involved here is sensitizing them and making them aware about the benefits of law as a career and also about all the facilities that IDIA provides.