IDIA Scholar Mukesh Tomar will be the first person in his family to pursue higher education. He is the only person in his village who is studying law.
Mukesh, currently studying at National Law Institute University, Bhopal, worked with Abhedya Education and Welfare Society, an organization that works in the tribal villages. They distributed essential items to different villages during the lockdown. They also took an initiative to resolve the drinking water shortage in Mukesh’s village. People in his village have to travel almost a kilometer to get drinking water. When Mukesh returned home during the lockdown, he started working with others to repair the old Bawdi (step well). It also provided work to people who were left unemployed due to the lockdown.
Mukesh Tomar hails from Kekadiya, a small village in Madhya Pradesh. His father is a daily wage labourer and his mother is a homemaker. Despite the adverse financial situation at home, Mukesh has always been a bright student. Mukesh also secured a scholarship from the Madhya Pradesh Government for having performed well in board examinations. He is interested in social work and engages himself in numerous legal aid and related activities on campus. For instance, he has been a part of the IDIA Madhya Pradesh Chapter as well as the Legal Aid Clinic of his University. In his free time, he loves to play Kho Kho and badminton. He has also run in marathons.
IDIA is a pan-India movement to train underprivileged students and help transform them into leading lawyers and community advocates. IDIA is premised on the notion that access to premier legal education empowers marginalized communities and helps them help themselves. IDIA selects and trains students from underprivileged backgrounds (IDIA Trainees) to crack top law entrance examinations in India. Once they are admitted to top law colleges, it provides a scholarship to these students (IDIA Scholars) that comprises financial support, training and mentorship among other things.
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