Against all odds

High PotentialTangminlal Haokip (right) and Karthika Annamalai

High PotentialTangminlal Haokip (right) and Karthika Annamalai  


Among those who made the cut to the 11 prestigious law schools were two bright students, one from Hosur and the other from Manipur.

Tangminlal Haokip (20), who belongs to an underprivileged family in Gamnom, Manipur, made it to the most-preferred National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. The high score of Karthika Annamalai, whose mother is a quarry worker in Hosur, secured her a seat at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.

Despite not having access to expensive coaching modules and tuitions that have come to be associated with the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), they were able to achieve the feat in their second attempt.

Both say they owe their success to the Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) Bangalore chapter, an initiative of students of the NLSIU.

Tangminlal, fondly called Lalcha by the IDIA team, has been studying at the Hope Lion’s Home, a home for Manipuri children here while Karthika has done her initial years of schooling at Shanti Bhavan, an NGO.

Both children nurse strong political ambitions.

They were among the nine underprivileged children who were chosen through an all-India aptitude test to identify promising scholars. They were provided free accommodation on the NLSIU campus and the university too provided logistical support.

“We prepared study modules with extensive questionnaires to help them. We strengthened their weaknesses and polished their strengths to ensure their best effort at CLAT,” says Aathira Menon, Bangalore chapter head, IDIA.

Some coaching institutes too helped them by providing their study material.

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