The academic environment is what most students of NLSIU find daunting. This is often due to the differences in educational experiences of the people who enter law school from different backgrounds. All factors ranging from sheer difference in streams to different mediums of instruction enjoyed by the students affect their ability to comprehend and make the most of a subject. This leads to unequal academic opportunities and aspirations of different students.
The Academic Support Programme (ASP) was set up to address this same concern by having senior students provide extra-tutorial assistance to students. This ensures approachability and through this students who find the classroom environment too fast or intimidating are provided with a platform to voice their doubts.
In addition to academic support through Project Guides, ASP Facilitators, Repeat Facilitators and “Buddy Groups”, ASP also shoulders the responsibility of acquainting the incoming batches (of LLB/ MPP/ LLM) with the library, citation procedure and the research databases available and accessible on campus. For this purpose orientators are appointed for the incoming batches.
In addition to this, the committee undertakes the task of preparing material for academic assistance. Committee also conducts special lecture series on fundamentals of some courses. ASP is also in charge of the classes conducted to acquaint students with Legal English which covers both written and communication skills. Academic Support Initiative is a venture to further support students by helping them develop reading and writing skills and provide personal attention through mentor-mentee system.
ASP strives towards academic reforms to make learning at NLS, fruitful. We constantly take feedback from the students and alter the systems based on this, provide extra attention to people who require the same and negotiate with the faculty and administration regarding numerous academic concerns.
The Members of the ASP Committee for the year 2019-20 are as follows :
- C. Yamuna Menon, Convenor (IV Year, B.A. LL.B (Hons.))
- Madhavi Singh (V Year, B.A. LL.B (Hons.))
- Aditya Prasanna Bhattacharya (III Year, B.A. LL.B (Hons.))
- Shruti Kunisetty (II Year, B.A. LL.B (Hons.))