The boy who dragged a law school to court

Donnie Ashok decided to challenged a premier law school's decision to refuse him admission. And won.

FP Staff June 22, 2012 12:35:59 IST
The boy who dragged a law school to court

Donnie Ashok’s Twitter handle has a pensive side profile with clever photoshopping in natural light, 851 followers and close to 10,000 tweets, mostly on philosophy and religion. His bio reads, ‘There are reasons buddy’. Just another nineteen-year-old? Yes and no.

He calls himself a ‘Pastafarian’ on Facebook and is on his way to designing a snazzy-looking website for himself.

The boy who dragged a law school to court

Donnie Ashok's Twitter profile picture.

Ashok also happens to be the toast of the Indian media, having fought and won a case against a law school which initially denied him admission as he had failed to clear his higher secondary exam at one go.

As reported by the Times of India, Donnie, a resident of Kolkata had to drop out of school in 2010 as his father could no more afford to pay his school fees. Donnie’s father, a painter earned less than Rs 1.5 lakh a year and after dropping out Donnie undertook various odd jobs to support his family. Like the one where he entered challan data for truck companies which paid him Rs 3,000 a month.

Luckily enough for him, he ran into IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA), a bunch of students and teachers from the Kolkata-based National University of Juridical Sciences who took up his case and prepared him to sit for the higher secondary exams that year. Given that he was away from school for very long, Donnie, failed to clear the exam. However, he didn’t give up, neither did his mentors. Donnie appeared for his higher secondary and his also for the law entrance exam CLAT this year. He cleared both.

However, he was in for a shocker. With his rank (427/25,000) Donnie was eligible to get a seat in the Gujarat National Law University which refused to give him a seat citing his failure to clear the twelfth examination at one go. However, Donnie didn’t give up.

“With the help of IDIA, he moved a petition before the HC recently. The court presided over by Justice Kalpesh Jhaveri had directed GNLU authorities to keep a seat reserved for him till the disposal of his petition,” The Indian Express reports. His lawyers contested the law university’s decision and proved that there was no such provision in the original act of the university. Subsequently, Bimal Patel, the dean invited Donnie to join the university.

Though IDIA had warned him about the possible repercussions of dragging a premier institute to court, Donnie held fort as he thought this fight is for several other students who suffer from such discrimination. IDIA coaches bright students from underprivileged families and several of them have made it to law schools in the country.

Donnie told Bar & Bench, “I am very happy that GNLU will admit me. Prof. Bimal Patel wrote a very encouraging email to me yesterday and heartily welcomed me to join the university. I thank Prof Patel for his very kind words and look forward to studying at his esteemed institution.”

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

US educators' new approach to math - play with numbers and win prizes
News & Analysis

US educators' new approach to math - play with numbers and win prizes

As America struggles to make math fun, educators and and entrepreneurs try to lure kids to it with games, competitions, museums and traveling road shows - and a strategic sprinkling of celebrities - they aim to make math engaging, exciting and even fun.

Widows in Vrindavan ashrams break tradition, celebrate Holi
India

Widows in Vrindavan ashrams break tradition, celebrate Holi

Around 800 widows participated in the festivities in ashrams of Vrindavan in four-day Holi celebrations that began on 24 March.

Free coaching classes, medical aid: Bihar Police's big image makeover
India

Free coaching classes, medical aid: Bihar Police's big image makeover

Despite a negative image, the police and the bureaucrats in Bihar seem to be taking steps to reach out to the masses by taking up several social development projects.