After the successful culmination of the project Eklavya in 2019, CAN Foundation announced its Flagship Project Dhananjay on the Republic Day.

ABOUT THE PROJECT: Project Dhananjay is essentially about providing an “incubatory period” to budding, meritorious law graduates (from Economically Weaker Families), who have the potential to raise the standards of Bar in multiple ways. Under this project, a monthly stipend will be provided to the Scholars who are selected by a High-Powered Expert Panel after a month long 2 tier selection process. The Monthly Stipend, is aimed as a “sustenance allowance” for the initial 1 year (or 2 years) of their practice in Courts of law.

Dhananjay’s initial incubatory support to budding law graduates is aimed at dispelling their apprehension and anxieties of uncertain and risky path of litigation. The Project aims at bridging the divide between that class of law graduates, who have background, with their entire pedigree waiting for them to step in the legal profession, vis-a-vis such NLU graduates, who are complete novices in the legal profession without any frontal or rear support lacking the financial wherewithal to even think of stepping into litigation. Dhananjay envisions projecting these candidates as the future of Indian Courts, attempting at the same time to develop the potential and capacity (in them) to be either a roaring Senior Advocate (of wherever he settles in life) like the legendary Nani Palkiwala or a Jurist of the makes of Late Justice Shri H.R. Khanna.

OTHER DETAILS: Under Project Dhananjay, 10 Meritorious STUDENTS from NLUs from Economically Weaker Families are to be initiated into Litigation with Monthly Stipend for their 1st Year. Application form for participating in the project can be downloaded from Last date for sending application is 5th February 2020.

Mode of application: Application form to be sent with all the annexures in a scanned PDF form to official email of CAN Foundation mentioned on its official website.

Interview and Selection Panel: The panel consists of  Former Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Deepak Misra, Prof. Dr. V Vijayakumar(President,CLAT Consortium of NLU’s), Mr. Gopal Sankaranarayanan(Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India) and Mr. Sumeet Malik( Editor, SCC Online & EBC Group).

Screening Committee (Tier-1): Graced by Mr. Amalpushp Shroti( AOR, Supreme Court of India & Advocate. Madhya Pradesh High Court), Mr. Arjun Harkauli( AOR, Supreme Court of India & Advocate, Delhi High Court), Mr. T Singh Deo( Advocate, Delhi High Court), Mr. Rishad Ahemd Chowdhury( AOR, Supreme Court of India & Advocate, Delhi High Court) and Mr. Mrighank Prabhakar(AOR, Supreme Court of India & Advocate, Delhi High Court).

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