Fees & Living Expenses:
The total sum of course fees, college community charge and college deposit come to 23680 pounds, equivalent to 24,47,562 Indian Rupees. I have to submit a financial declaration for the same by July 31, 2021.
If the fee amount is raised, I am hoping to work part-time to secure my living expenses and other costs, but I really need your support for the tuition fees.
This is what is reflected in the updated goal amount:
Tuition Fee – 24,47,562 INR
International Health Surcharge: £475 for one year
Emergency expenses incl. rent insurance: £1000
Visa Costs: £348
Airfare (round trip): £700
Total = £26,203, or 27,08,339 INR
My parents have worked really hard to fund my school fees. They worked as a security guard/ domestic labor to support my education so far. But for my higher education, it is beyond their means and that is why I am seeking your kind support.
Since 2011, I have been engaged in student activism, advocacy, and community building against caste and underprivileged communities.
In my first year of college, I took a personal loan of 1.5 lakh rupees to pay the fees. Later, I was awarded a full scholarship by the Government of India (Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment). Thanks to the Government of India scholarship and the support of our Vice-Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh, I was able to complete my BA LLB (Hons.) degree.
It was in college that I set out a life and a career plan dedicated to the service of the marginalised. I worked with prominent human rights and non-profit organizations, such as the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA), NALSA, Indus Action, Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to the law (IDIA), and Aaghaz Study Circle. I also worked as a researcher with the Death Penalty Research Project, based out of NLU Delhi (also known as Project 39A). My work and my legal education gave me a vocabulary to articulate the demand for social and economic justice.
I also founded two organisations- the Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle (APPSC) at NLU Delhi, which I set up with the purpose of making the NLU academic curriculum more accessible to first-generation students from marginalised communities, and the Dishayein Project, a project to spread legal awareness among students studying in government schools.
Work Done so far!
I have always been interested in social service therefore after my graduation I chose a path towards public service through litigation.
- I have actively been taking pro bono cases, counseling, and defending persons falsely implicated in criminal offenses (Theft, Grievous Hurt, Murder, and Matrimonial Disputes).
- I am currently representing EWS law aspirants in a case against the Faculty of Law, Delhi University at Delhi High Court. The Delhi University has not, as yet, implemented the EWS reservation, thus violating the fundamental rights of hundreds of students who have been denied admission.
- I have represented school students to help them obtain their documents from the CBSE Board.
- I also work with DSLSA as a Para Legal Volunteer and conduct legal aid and awareness sessions. I have been involved in various projects of DSLSA oriented towards enhancing legal awareness of the inmates at the Tihar Jail.
- I have been representing the underprivileged on various levels and have advocated for justice and tried to shield them from the abuses of law.
I have never let my economic conditions become a hurdle in my quest for quality education. I am committed to studying more and exploring my areas of interest (human rights and criminal law) internationally so that I can inform my legal practice and work towards Constitutional Maker’s dreams for the future of India. To pursue the same, I applied for the LLM programs at several UK Universities and received admission offer letters for the LLM course from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and from the Cardiff University in Wales.
Research Interests & Life Goals!
I have been working in the field of social justice, human and constitutional rights for almost a decade now, as a volunteer during my school and college days, and now as a passionate advocate representing critical rights issues in our courts of law. I am willing to do the same for the rest of my life- to work to empower marginalised peoples and communities and to ensure that our constitutional ideal of access to justice for all is actualised and given meaning.
I have exhausted all possible funding options. The Covid-19 pandemic has shut many scholarships/funding/sponsorships opportunities, and thus I write to request you to help me fund my education, either by means of a study grant or a scholarship. Studying in the United Kingdom is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, with tremendous potential to inform my practice of human rights law and inspire members of my community to pursue higher education.
I am attaching my offer letters for your perusal. I would be ever so grateful if you could give your due consideration to my request and help me serve my country in the best possible way I know- through advocacy for justice.
Any contribution will help, and I sincerely thank you if you can spread this campaign, move it through your networks or help in any other way. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as I would like to be as transparent as possible with this campaign and its funding request!