NUSRL’s 1st IDIA Jharkhand Essay Competition: Results Declared!

IDIA Jharkhand chapter successfully organized 1st Naitonal Essay Competition 2019 in the beloved memory of Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer, on the following topics:

  • Federalism Revisited
  • Adjudicating Polycentric problems
  • Rise of Demosprudence citizenship

Students from various university sent their valuable entries, which were analyzed the judges’ panel including Hon’ble Justice Vikramaditya, Adv. Khalida Haya Rashmi, Adv. Anas Tanwir Siddiqi (Advocate, Supreme Court), Adv. Ayesha Jamal (Advocate, Supreme Court) & Dr. Rabindra Pathak, (Assistant Professor National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi)

We are delighted to announce the results of 1st IDIA National Essay Competition organized by Jharkhand Chapter.

The Winning team is *Drum rolls*

Winner: AREEB UDDIN Ahmed & MD. KUMAIL HAIDER Team code (014), Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University

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Runner up: ANANYA Team code (T 22), New Law College, BVDU Pune

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National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL) 

National University of Study and Research in Law is a law university located in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. It was established by a legislative act, by the State of Jharkhand as the fourteenth National Law University of India.

Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA)

Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA) started out as a student-run movement in 2010 from West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences. Founded by Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer, the movement seeks to empower underprivileged students and help them transform into leading lawyers and community advocates by giving them access to quality legal education.


National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL) is organizing the 1st edition of Annual essay writing competition in the memory of a great legal luminary Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer, founder of IDIA.

With this very first edition of the competition, this competition is aimed to provide a pedestal to law students across different law schools of the country to express their view and get their opinion heard about the contemporary developments happening in constitutional Law.

Award: up to 10000/- and E-Certificate of Participation will be provided. 


  1. Federalism revisited
  2. Adjudicating polycentric problems
  3. Rise of demosprudence citizenship


The competition is open for students pursuing their undergraduate from any college and university in the law school tapestry. The essay can be written by a maximum of 2 co-authors. Any number more than the provided one shall lead to disqualification.


  • Justice Vikramaditya- Rtd Judge Jharkhand High Court (Experts in constitutional law)
  • Advocate Anas Tanweer Siddiqi: (RMLNLU Graduate, currently practicing in Supreme Court of India)
  • Ayesha Jamal: Alumumus Jindal Global law school (Associate, Senior Advocate Salman Khurshid)
  • Dr. Rabindra Pathak: (Assistant Professor NUSRL)
  • Dr. Afkar Ahmed: (Assistant Professor, UPES)
  • Advocate Khalida Haya Rashmi: (Alumumus NUSRL, currently practicing in Jharkhand High Court)
  • Arushi Alka Bajpai: Alumnus University of Kent, England


  • More than one entry per author(s) shall lead to disqualification. Co-authorship up to 2 authors is allowed.
  • The essay must be written in English.
  • Only original essays will be considered for the competition. No part of the essay should have been published earlier nor should it be under consideration for publication or contest elsewhere.
  • Participant code will be assigned to every participant. The participant code shall serve as an identification code for all communication with the organizers post the registration. There should not be any other identification mark apart from the team code on the cover page of the essay.
  • Participation is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students across law schools.
  • The submissions have to be mailed to Idiajharkhandchapter[at]
  • The last date to submit is 10th November 2019.

The essay should consist of the following

  1. Cover Page (Includes only the Team Code and the topic of the essay)
  2. Abstract (not more than 250 words)
  3. Reason for choosing the essay topic
  4. Declaration regarding the originality of the essay
  5. Introduction
  6. Body of the essay
  7. Conclusion

Formatting guidelines are as follows

  • Font Size- 12
  • Line Spacing – 1.5
  • Footnote Font Size – 10
  • Footnote Spacing – 1.0
  • Font Size of Heading &Subheading – 14
  • Alignment – Justified
  • Uniform citation style of (20th edition bluebook)

For the registration form, click here.

Registration Fee

  • Single Author: Rs. 200
  • Co-Author: Rs. 250 (Two maximum)


For BHIM: 9852421264@upi (Afsar Raza)

For Phonepay/G-pay/Paytm: 9852421264


Bank Name: Bank of India

Account No.: 590010110003309

IFSC Code: BKID00005900

Branch: NUSRL Campus Kanke Ranchi

Account Holder Name: Afsar Raza

Contact Details

E-mail: Idiajharkhandchapter[at]

Satyabhama Kaushikei (Deputy team Leader IDIA): 7258946027

Piyush: 8271110454

For the poster, click here.

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