The academic environment in NLSIU distinguishes it from its peers. The role of the Academic Support Program (ASP) is to make this environment as conducive as possible, by coordinating with faculty, the library, University administration and the student body.
Many students who enter NLSIU find academics to be a daunting task. This is often due to the differing educational backgrounds of the students hailing from all over the country. If left unresolved, these differences can potentially lead to different comprehension abilities, and unequal academic opportunities and aspirations for students.
ASP was set up to address this concern by having senior students provide extra-tutorial assistance to students. This ensures proper guidance for new students, facilitates greater inter-batch interaction and provides another avenue of learning, apart from the fast-paced classroom environment. The ASP aims to facilitate the initial transition to University studies and provide continued academic support, throughout the five-year BA LLB Programme.
At the commencement of every academic year, the committee conducts various orientations to introduce first year students to the basics of legal writing, research, referencing and utilizing the library resources of the University. ‘Project Guides’ are assigned to each individual student. Special attention is paid to students coming from non-English mediums of instruction.
Through the year, ASP appoints ‘Facilitators’ for each course taught in the University to acquaint incoming batches with the contours and requirements of these courses, along with the cooperation of the faculty. Various ‘Buddies’ and ‘Specialised Guides’ are also appointed for select courses. ASP maintains an online student database collating the notes, reading material and past-year papers for all the mandatory courses taught in the University. In addition to this, the committee also conducts special lectures on legal fundamentals and career workshops. In its endeavours, the ASP is assisted by a permanent volunteer pool comprising the Academic Support Initiative (ASI); and activity-specific volunteers from among the student body. Throughout the year, ASP is assisted by more than 100 student volunteers in our various initiatives. This mentor driven guidance, reflects the collaborative spirit of the NLSIU student body and forms an important part in the education of every incoming batch.
Plans for AY 2020-21
This year, ASP is making a digital shift by conducting most of our sessions and mentorship activities remotely. One challenge of virtual classes is that it restricts the scope of inter-batch interaction and the availability of the faculty for doubt-solving and discussion. To address this, we have started a new initiative in the form of virtual peer-discussion sessions. In light of the recent increase in batch size, we have streamlined our activities and have increased our outreach to the student body to expand our volunteer pool.
The ASP committee’s membership is currently limited to two students each from the II, III and IV-year BA.LLB batches and one student from the V-year batch. One membership position is reserved for the MPP II-year batch. The Committee is reconstituted at the end of every year. Membership criteria is based on academic performance and past volunteer experience in ASP activities.
The committee also conducts interviews at the commencement of the academic year to select junior co-opts from the I year BA LLB and MPP batches. ASI members are selected across batches through interviews conducted by the committee.
Committee Members for 2020-21:
- Vasu Aggarwal, Convenor (III Year, B.A. LL.B (Hons.)
- Devansh Kaushik, Joint-Convenor (III Year, B.A. LL.B (Hons.)
- Ananya HS (IV Year, B.A. LL.B (Hons.)
- Chitra Rajpal (II Year, MPP)
- Prajjwal Rathore (II Year, B.A. LL.B (Hons.)
- Saumya Singh (II Year, B.A. LL.B (Hons.)