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.

About IDIA:

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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AchievementsLaw School News

It is a matter of great pride that Mr. Saptarko Biswas, Alumnus – Batch 2013-18, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA received the DAAD Full Scholarship to pursue LLM in European and International Law at Saarland University, Germany from October 2018. As part of the scholarship, he will also be attending a two-month German language course at Goethe Institut, Göttingen, Germany (August – September, 2018).

After the first round of online application, he was shortlisted for an interview by three panelists – one Law Professor from an Indian University, one Law Professor from a German University, and one member of the DAAD. After an elaborate interview, he was finally selected for the scholarship.

Mr. Saptarko was a mooter, singer and member- Training and Placement Cell during his studentship at Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA.

AchievementsLaw School News

Dr. Neeti Shikha, Associate Professor, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA has received full scholarship to attend the Course on Private International Law at The Hague Academy and has been invited to attend the said course as ‘Hague Scholar’. The course will take place at Hague from July 30 – August 17, 2018. The scholarship earned by Dr. Neeti Shikha  is very competitive and she is the only Indian to have been granted with full scholarship for the said course.

High Courts

Himachal Pradesh High Court– While deciding a writ petition wherein the petitioner was denied scholarship for higher education under the scheme launched by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India under Ministry of Science and Technology, called “INSPIRE” valued at Rs. 80,000/- per year, the bench comprising of Rajiv Sharma and Sureshwar Thakur JJ, allowed the petition and directed respondent no. 1 to release the scholarship to the petitioner within a period of six weeks from today with interest @ 9% per annum. The Court further observed that the approach of the respondents in the instant case was unreasonable and arbitrary and the purpose of the scheme is to help the students to pursue natural or basic sciences at B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), Int. M.Sc. or MS programmes, being specialized courses.

In the instant case the petitioner passed her 10+2 and scored 81.4% marks. The petitioner was informed that she was eligible for scholarship for higher education under the scheme “INSPIRE” and was asked to complete all the formalities and submit the documents by 31.7.2012. The case of the petitioner was not processed even after submission of the documents on the required date. The contention forwarded by respondent 2 was that the present case was not covered under the Ministry of Human Resource Development guidelines (Annexure R-2/1).

The court after perusal of facts stated that the respondents have failed to take into account the difference between “INSPIRE” scholarship and “Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students” by MHRD as both operate in different fields and the case of the petitioner is covered under “INSPIRE”. Pooja Sharma v. Union of India, 2015 SCC OnLine HP 1352, decided on 19.3.2015

High Courts

Allahabad High Court: While quashing an order dated 21.02.2014, passed by  authorities concerned of State Government under the scheme launched by  Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India known as ‘Post-matric scholarship’ for  meritorious students belonging to minority community who are financially weak, which dealt with transfer of scholarship amount and tuition fee directly in the bank accounts of students, instead of the bank accounts of particular institutes as provided in the scheme previously, the Court held that since the scheme is funded by the Central Government and grants are sanctioned by the Parliament by means of Finance Act, therefore, changes in the scheme can only be made by the Central Government or by an authorized institution, State Government has no power under the scheme to make any alteration.

The Petitioners who were represented by Raghvendra Singh contended that according to the directive issued by the Central Government maintenance allowance has to be transferred in the accounts of students while tuition fee will be transferred in the accounts of the institute and therefore, its not open to the State Government to order transfer of tuition fee directly in the accounts of the students on the other hand respondents alleged that some institutes were involved in fake registration of students with intention to usurp the scholarship meant for genuine person in the name of non-existing students, so for better implementation of scheme its required that amount is transferred to the account of the student.

The Court allowed the petition and observed that in the impugned order there is no mechanism provided for recovering the tuition fees from students in the event students do not pay or leave institutes after taking admission blocking seats would work adversely towards the institutes. The Court further held that State Government’s objective to check the fake enrollment or fake institutes can be achieved by closely and constantly monitoring the scheme. Madarsa Siksha Manager Association U.P.  v. Ministry of Minority Affairs, 2014 SCC OnLine All 10340, Decided on 17.10.2014

To read the full order, Refer SCCOnLine