Dhananjay‘22 | CAN Foundation announces financial support for NLU graduates for pursuing a career in Litigation

The Confederation of Alumni for National Law Universities (CAN) Foundation calls for applications under one of its flagship projects, Project Dhananjay, for its third edition, Dhananjay 2022. The Project aims at facilitating law graduates who are meritorious yet in need of economic assistance, and who wish to serve as the harbingers of justice and enter the field of litigation driven by passion to serve the society as lawyers on the field.

About the Project: Dhananjay is essentially about providing an “incubatory period” to ambitious and meritorious Law Graduates from Economically Weaker Families, who have the potential to elevate the standards of the Bar. Under this project, a Monthly Stipend is provided to scholars who are selected after a month-long Selection Process. The Monthly Stipend is aimed to act as a “sustenance allowance” for the initial year(s) of their practice in Courts of Law.

Dhananjay’s initial incubatory support to budding law graduates is aimed at dispelling the apprehension and anxiety of the uncertain and risky path of litigation and encouraging fresh graduates to join litigation right at the threshold of their professional lives. This is done with the hope that such newly planted graduates will try their best to attain excellence at the Bar and contribute to nation-building. Such a hope was radiated by Late Prof. Madhava Menon as well when he had set up the first NLU in the country. In an attempt to help realise his vision, the CAN Foundation has undertaken this initiative. Given the bleak economic conditions that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced upon us, such initiatives have become more essential than ever before.

The CAN Foundation always hopes to repose the utmost faith in the noble virtues of charity and loyalty placed in us by our Patrons. Under the aegis of an inspiring and distinguished Board of Patrons, the Foundation has made remarkable strides since its inception. The Foundation is immensely grateful to its Patrons, Donors and Well-Wishers for their continued support and blessings without which it would not be possible for it to engage in such philanthropic activities.

Other Details: In the preceding year, 5 talented graduates from 4 NLUs of the country, who were in need of financial assistance, were accorded a monthly scholarship stipend under Dhananjay 2021 ranging from 15K to 20K per month for a year.

Under its third edition, Dhananjay 2022, 4-5 Meritorious Students of NLUs from Economically Weaker Backgrounds are set to be provided with a Monthly Stipend for a year of their practice. The Application Form for participating in the Project can be downloaded from www.canfoundation.in.

The last date for sending the duly filled applications is 31st May 2022,  5 PM IST.

Eligible Candidates: The Applicant must have graduated with a B.A. LL.B. degree (or any other similar 5-year integrated law undergraduate program) from any National Law University in the academic year 2020-21 or any year thereafter. Candidates graduating in June 2022 or thereafter in the year 2022, are also eligible to apply under this Project.

Mode of Application: The Application Form is to be sent with all the annexures in a scanned PDF format to the official email account of the CAN Foundation in the manner as mentioned on its official website.

Scrutiny Committee: The Scrutiny Committee for the selection process will comprise Mr. Amalpushp Shroti (AOR, Supreme Court of India & Advocate, MP High Court), Mr. T. Singhdev (Advocate, Delhi High Court), Mr. Mrigank Prabhakar (AOR, Supreme Court of India & Advocate, Delhi High Court), Ms. Archana Pathak Dave (AOR, Supreme Court of India & Advocate, Delhi High Court) and Mr. Tariq Khan (Registrar, International Arbitration & Mediation Centre, Hyderabad).

High-Powered Selection Committee: Following the recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee, a High-Powered Selection Committee will choose the scholars to be accepted under Dhananjay 2022.

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