The Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) legal education NGO helped 60 scholars prepare for law entrance exams this year and eight of those made it to NUJS Kolkata, Nalsar Hyderabad, GNLU Gandhinagar, NLU Orissa and Nuals Kochi, in the first allotment list of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2016.

These eight scholars are now looking for donors to fund their legal education. Their profiles, as provided by IDIA:

i) Rahul Suthar from Jodhpur exemplifies an indefatigable spirit. He fought through poverty (his father, a factory worker, earns a paltry Rs 85,000 per annum) and visual impairment to notch up admission at NUJS - one of the top three law schools in the country.

ii) Despite his visual impairment, Pavan Kallem went on to amass an impressive score in CLAT and has been allotted the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. Pavan hails from Hyderabad, Telangana, and his family barely scrapes together around a lakh a year to meet their expenses.

iii) Rishabh, hailing from Delhi, is the son of a tent decorator with an annual incom of about Rs 70,000. Apart from studying, he enjoys drawing and sketching. Rishabh’s CLAT performance secured him a seat at the GNLU.

iv) Dharu Ram, a resident of the Sointra village in Jodhpur district in Rajasthan, comes from a family of seven, which survives on about Rs 60,000 a year that his father, a small farmer and the only earning member of the family, makes. Dharu wishes to pursue litigation to bring justice to those who cannot afford it. Dharu’s CLAT performance secured him a seat at the GNLU.

v) Aritra Mondal, hailing from Kolkata, West Bengal, lost his father, the only earning member of his family, a few years back when he was in Class XI, and had to temporarily suspend his studies in order to support his mother and younger sister. He was motivated to take up law by the need to support his family, as well as by his passion for justice. Aritra’s CLAT performance secured him a seat at the GNLU.

vi) Javadhi Eshwar Rao, hailing from Hyderabad, Telangana, is a student with visual impairment. His father has been suffering from paralysis for the last six years, rendering him incapable of employment, and his mother, the lone earning member of the family, works at a supermarket in Hyderabad. Having trained with the IDIA Hyderabad chapter for the last two years, Eshwar excelled at CLAT 2016, securing admission into the GNLU.

vii) Ragvendra Singh Khichi, hailing from Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is the son of a taxi driver. His entire sustains itself on about Rs 60,000 per year. At age 17, he had to take on the responsibility of running the household when his father was bedridden. His strength and initiative became apparent at that time, as he earned money through conducting tuition classes, alongside continuing his own schooling. He scored an impressive 144.25 in CLAT 2016, which is the highest score ever achieved by an IDIA trainee in the General category! This secured him a seat at the NLU Orissa.

viii) Sarath KP hails from the village of Panangad in the Ernakulam district of Kerala. He was drawn to the study of law by his passion for debating, as well as his interest in subjects like Political Science and History. His father, who works at a toddy shop and is the sole earning member of the family, initially enrolled him at a private coaching institute, but soon found it impossible to afford the cost of the same. Sarath was then referred to the IDIA Kerala chapter by the Director of the coaching institute, and he has been training with IDIA Kerala ever since. Sarath’s performance in CLAT 2016 secured him a seat at the Nuals.

IDIA has succeeded in getting a similar number of scholars through the first list every year. Re/a/d Legally India's detailed story on IDIA’s functioning, challenges and funding needs.