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Dear IDIA Supporters,

I hope all of you are doing well. As the sweltering sun summers on, straining the sturdiest of us, here is a piece of news that is sure to rejuvenate.

As with earlier years, our IDIA trainees whip up an impressive CLAT strike rate! Out of the 50 students that we trained this year, 10 students have made it to the top National Law Universities.

These scholars represent a wonderful diversity of talent, hailing from Pattan in Kashmir to Surpura Khurd, a village in Rajasthan to Kusalapuram, a small village down south in Andhra Pradesh. The sons and daughters of farmers and auto-rickshaw drivers! Those that braved the oddest of odds to get to where they are today. Their stories will inspire like no other!

So get ready for these change makers! For they have weathered the worst of storms… thanks to a burning fire in their belly. A fire that will see them brave even the most hostile of elitist laws schools. To rise to the top and take their place as the legal leaders and luminaries of tomorrow. Rendering our world more inclusive, diverse and ultimately better. You can read their stories here .

Indeed, we cannot ask for anything better than to bask in their glory. Unfortunately, they cannot realise their dreams unless we whip up the moolah. Legal education does not come cheap these days; and the best of law schools cost around 3 lakhs a year (15 lakhs for a 5 year education). Very few law schools (notably NLS, Bangalore, NLU Delhi, NUJS and Nirma) provide us fee concessions and waivers.

We have to therefore arrange a sizeable amount of money to ensure that our scholars are admitted to these law schools well in time. Any help, big or small, is greatly appreciated.

But most important of all, please don’t forget to circulate this widely so we reach out to as many good-hearted souls as possible.

Once again, thank you very much for your constant support, encouragement and counsel, owing to which we’ve been able to have come this far.

In the hope that you will continue saving a piece of your heart for us and our underprivileged scholars, we remain:

Most sincerely yours,
Shamnad Basheer (on behalf of the entire IDIA team)
Founder and Managing Trustee
IDIA
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