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IDIA CLAT diversity project’s aptitude test to be five times larger on 6 November

The IDIA diversity initiative’ second national aptitude test (I-NAT) has scaled up to 19 test centres, aiming to reach more than 400 schools across the country to select students from non-traditional backgrounds to take the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) and enter top national law schools.

A total of 19 centres across 14 cities, compared to 12 test centres last year, will offer the I-NAT with those selected then receiving free CLAT 2012 and 2013 preparation through IMS coaching centres.

Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA) founder Shamnad Basheer said: “Last year, we had under 100 students only. This year, we’re have more awareness campaigns around this and teams in each state that are visiting school by school to educate and encourage more students to sit for INAT. So we’re expecting at least 500 students to take it this time.”

“As INAT brand gets more prominent and CLAT is popularised much more through these mass school visits, we’re hopeful that the pool of eligible students from which we pick will increase and will enable IDIA to go much, much further in its mission,” he added.

IDIA North-East team leader Diptoshree Basu said that INAT posters had been sent to at least 50 schools in each state, hoping to target 400 mostly government and Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in the country. They would also disseminate pamphlets on law as a career and national law schools, to “inform students about the changing face of a legal career in India”, he said. There were also 15 registration and enquiry telephone numbers for students to call, instead of four last time.

In last April IDIA chose 50 students for free CLAT coaching and training, of whom 14 ultimately joined national law schools, including five visually impaired students; one student ended up at NLSIU Bangalore with an all India rank of 45, another IDIA scholar who is a stone quarry worker's daughter made it to NLIU Bhopal.

Efforts would be made to help successful IDIA candidates procure scholarships and loans to cover college fees and IDIA can guarantee full fee-waivers at NLSIU and NUJS Kolkata.

For more information please call one of the following numbers to chat with IDIA coordinators:

  • Bharat – 09845442956
  • Pranusha – 09164197317
  • Anukanksha – 09845442924


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