“When you learn, teach. When you get, give”

-Maya Angelou

Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA) is a nationwide charitable trust founded by Late Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer in 2010. The main goal of the movement is to empower underprivileged students and help them transform into leading lawyers and community advocates by giving them access to quality legal education. IDIA sensitizes underprivileged students from across the country to choose law as a career option, trains them and provides scholarships to the students on gaining admission to law schools.


On the 8th of August, 2019, our legal fraternity lost a doyen following his sad demise but his indomitable legacy lives on. Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and did his post- graduate studies from the University of Oxford.

He was a renowned academician, known especially for his contributions in the field of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). He was the founder of the leading IPR blog in India, SpicyIP. He was also awarded the Infosys Prize 2014 in Humanities.

Prof. Basheer founded IDIA in 2010 when he was teaching in the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. Finding most of his students to be from more privileged backgrounds, he realised the importance of diversity in legal education. He and a few volunteers went to a school in the small town of Pelling in Sikkim to spread awareness about law as a career and created the IDIA National Aptitude Test (INAT) on the spot! This was the start of the IDIA Charitable Trust.

To pay homage to Prof. (Dr.) Basheer and to remember his noble vision, IDIA Punjab Chapter organizes Fundraiser Art Competition to contribute to the training of the underprivileged children and taking them a step closer to manifesting their dreams.


The competition is open to all Indian students pursuing any undergraduate/postgraduate degree. The competition is not restricted only to law students.


  1. Prof.(Dr.) Shamnad Basheer – Portrait
  2. Elitism in Education – Road to Inclusivity
  3. The Black Lives Matter movement
  4. LGBTQIA rights
  5. Youth and Mental Health
  6. Law and Social Change in India
  7. International Literacy Day (8th September): How far have we come
  8. Indian Constitution: The  Legacy of B.R. Ambedkar
  9. Frontliners in the War against COVID-19


  1. Last date for registration is September 19th.
  2. The last date for submission is September 29th.


Registration fee for the Art Competition is Rs. 100.


Individual attachments: Name; contact details; current academic status (Year, University etc.); undertaking as to guarantee of originality.

The file name must consist only the name of the artist.

Any form of artwork can be created by the participants including posters, sketches, paintings, etc.

To submit the artwork via email, send a scanned soft copy/a good quality photograph of the artwork in JPG format.

Digital Art Entries may also be submitted in any suitable format.

In the body of the email, the participants must specify their chosen theme. They may also write a small description of their artwork not exceeding 100 words (optional).

Plagiarized work shall be rejected.

The Email ID where the submission is supposed to be sent is: rgnulteam@idialaw.org


Every participant shall receive an e-certificate of participation and top 3 entries will receive e- certificates of merit. Selected entries may be considered for publication on the IDIA website. In addition, the top 2 contributors shall also be entilted to the following awards:

The  1st prize is a Rs. 1000 cash prize. The 2nd prize is a Rs. 500/- cash prize.


Please register via the following google form for the Art Competition. https://forms.gle/ukcCo94wLx2KLgFA7

Payment to be made at +918800450916 via Google Pay or Paytm UPI.

A screenshot of the same along with the transaction ID must be submitted in the registration form.


Tanya Mayal (Team Leader) mayaltanya@gmail.com +918196019150

Arnav  Tandon (Deputy  Team Leader,  Social  Media and Fundraiser Team) arnavtandon@gmail.com +918800450916

For more info. https://www.idialaw.org/

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