The academic environment at NLSIU distinguishes it from its peers. However, many students who enter the college find academics to be a daunting task. This is often due to the differing educational opportunities available to the students hailing from different backgrounds from all over the country. If left unresolved, these differences can lead to unequal academic opportunities at NLS for students to achieve their aspirations.
The Academic Support Programme was set up to address this concern. The committee’s role is to reduce this inequality of opportunity as much as possible, and hence make the academic milieu at the college as conducive as possible for students hailing from different backgrounds to achieve their academic goals. The ASP does so through implementing various programmes in coordination with various stakeholders, including the faculty, the NLSIU library, the University administration and the student body.
Most of the ASP’s programmes focus on volunteers from the senior batches providing extra tutorial assistance to students from the junior batches. This ensures proper guidance especially for the incoming first year batch, facilitates greater inter-batch interaction, and provides another avenue of learning apart from the fast-paced classroom environment. Recently, the ASP has also deliberated on the implementation of some intra-batch academic assistance programmes, with the ASP Peer Discussion Sessions programme being systematised and implemented in the Academic Year 2021-22. Through its various programmes, the ASP aims both to facilitate the initial transition of students to University studies, and provide continuous academic support to students enrolled in various programmes run by the university, especially at the undergraduate level.
At the commencement of every academic year, the committee conducts various orientations to introduce first year students to the basics of academics at NLS, including legal writing, research, and referencing, using the various features of the MS-Word software, and utilizing the library resources of the University. ‘Project Guides’ are assigned to each individual first year B.A. LL.B. student to guide them in preparing the research papers that form a core component of almost every undergraduate course taught at NLS. Special attention is paid to students who face difficulties in coping with the course requirements because of not being well versed with the English language, through the committee’s RWS (Reading, Writing, and Speaking) programme.
Through the year, the ASP appoints ‘Course Facilitators’ for each mandatory course taught in the University at the undergraduate level. This mechanism aims to acquaint incoming batches with the contours and requirements of these courses, and is implemented in consultation with the respective faculty. Various ‘Course Buddies’ are also appointed for select first year courses whose complexity necessitates individualised assistance beyond the Course Facilitator Mechanism. Thirdly, the ASP appoints ‘Repeat Facilitators’ to assist students taking the Repeat/ First Attempt (FA) examinations for the mandatory undergraduate courses. Further, the ASP maintains the ASP Student Database, an online repository of academic material that contains notes and summaries, past year papers/ answer keys, reading material etc. provided by students to the ASP and relating to the various courses taught at NLS. This Academic year, the Committee has also systematised and implemented the ASP Peer Discussion Session programme, wherein some student volunteers from the batch concerned host intra-batch sessions for discussing portions of the course content for select undergraduate mandatory courses.
In its endeavours, the ASP is assisted by a permanent volunteer pool called the Academic Support Initiative (ASI), and activity-specific volunteers from among the student body. Throughout the year, the ASP is assisted by more than 100 student volunteers in our various initiatives. This mentor and peer-driven guidance reflects the collaborative spirit of the NLSIU student body, and forms an important part in the education of every batch.
Committee Members for 2021-22
- Saumya Singh, Convenor (III Year, B.A. LL.B (Hons.)
- Anshita Agarwal, Joint-Convenor (IV Year, B.A. LL.B (Hons.)
- Debmalya Biswas (II Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Radhika Singhal (II Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Shivansh Bagadiya (II Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Shreyas Sinha (II Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Aditya Krishna (IV Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Jwalika Balaji (IV Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Ananya HS (V Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Soumil Jhanwar (V Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Kanishk Srinivas (Junior Co-opt) (I Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Manhar Banhal (Junior Co-opt) (I Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Rakshit Agarwal (Junior Co-opt) (I Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Sarthak Virdi (Junior Co-opt) (I Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Vasu Aggarwal (Convenor, ASP 2020-21) (IV Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Devansh Kaushik (Joint Convenor, ASP 2020-21) (IV Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
Members, Academic Support Initiative:
- Debditya Saha (II Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Krishanu Paul (II Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)
- Shantanu Bishnoi (II Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)
- Shikhar Sharma (II Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)
- Akshit Singla (III Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Anmol Kohli (III Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Shantanu Mishra (III Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)
- Aditya Phalnikar (IV Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))
- Apoorva Nangia (IV Year, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.))