The NUJS Diversity Report 2019 was a year long process conducted in NUJS across five batches of students. The report was conceptualized by Mr. Rohit Sharma, Batch of 2020, and compiled by Gatha G Namboothiri, Mahima Cholera, Nikhil Iyer, Rohit Sharma, Roma Bhojani, Siddharth Sonkar and Shrikrishna Upadhyay. The comprehensive questionnaire was answered by an overwhelming majority of the General Body members and was prepared by Nikhil Iyer, Siddharth Sonkar and Mihika Poddar.
The report begins with an impactful foreword by Ms. Kalpana Kannabiran, Professor and Director at the Council for Social Development, Hyderabad. Ms. Kannabiran reminds us that “..All of this (the data) underscores the urgency of thinking through questions of barrier-free access, hostile environments and other robust processes of inclusion that are intersectional and systemic. Most important of all it is the recognition that intersecting normativities bolster and reproduce privilege in NUJS and other law schools similarly placed..”. She describes the importance of such a report in the “operationalization of the Preamble in spirit and conviction of Article 15(2) in institutional design and implementation”.
The Executive summary describes the diversity survey as “an attempt at presenting the census data collected from students of NUJS in a proper perspective which enables both institutional changes in the future and individual changes in the immediate”. The summary covers the objectives, methodology and the key findings of the survey.
The report is inclusive of exhaustive indicators which examine the intersectional nature of the social and economic factors that influence the life at NUJS and the performance at NUJS. It also analyses in detail the demographics of the college.
The report is a welcome first step that will be a guiding document for college reforms in making the university more inclusive. We thank the core members, the volunteers, and the general body members for helping in its creation.
The pdf of the report can be accessed here - The NUJS Diversity Report 2019