When we speak of providing equal opportunity for all, our thoughts and efforts are often restricted to providing primary education, regular employment opportunities and basic living requirements. But one man is taking his dream of providing equal opportunity to the needy to a whole new level. Meet Shamnad Basheer, a 39-year-old lawyer and professor with a difference.
He started an organization called IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) in 2010 to reach out to marginalized and under-represented groups, sensitize them to law as a viable career option, and help interested students gain admission to law schools. The team’s work starts with sensitizing these students (and their parents) about the prospects of a legal career. This is followed by an aptitude test to select students for the study of law.