When Shruti Ashok, 23, walked on to the dais when her name was called out at a packed auditorium on Sunday , the applause wouldn’t stop.
Shruti bagged the highest number of gold medals – 16 -at the 25th annual convocation of the premier National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru. With her proud family watching her receive them from Vice President Hamid Ansari and Chief Justice of India Justice J S Khehar, Shruti was on top of the world. She is the third girl in the institute’s 25-year history to receive so many gold medals.
“I learnt about my medals only yesterday . It’s overwhelming. I am going to Cambridge University in UK for my LLM, where I hope to specialize in constitutional law and taxation law. But I will return to practice in the Karnataka high court. I feel there are access barriers faced by women in the legal arena. We need more women lawyers and judges,” she said.
Ask her for her success mantra, and she says: “Consistent preparation and staying abreast of what’s happening has helped me. It’s not as if one needs to study a lot at one time, but being updated goes a long way,” she added.
Shruti bagged medals for Torts law, constitutional law, transfer of property laws, taxation law, international law, administrative law, public law, `Most Deserving Female Student’, Best All-Round Graduating Student’, `Overall Topper’, `Outstanding Graduate Student’, among other categories.
The gold medalists and other graduates shared their stories of five years of hard work. Winning the 20th Rhodes Scholarship, Vanshaj Ravi Scholarship, Vanshaj Ravi Jain, 23, has several accolades to his name. Going to Oxford University this September to read international law, Jain is also an accomplished debater besides a university gold medalist for Best Student Advocate. “It was the first time an Indian law school broke at the prestigious World’s University Debating Championship this year, and it was also the first time that Indian students were part of the top 50 speakers at the tournament. Ultimately , I hope to work at the International Criminal Court as prosecutor,” said Jain, who is from Mumbai.
Aradhya Sethia had to choose from three top universities in the world. He got admission for his Masters in law at Yale, Cambridge and Oxford universities. “I chose Yale and will be attending as the recipient of the prestigious Inlaks scholarship. I want to focus on public law, technology law and the intersection of both.After I return, I want to get into policy making and legal advocacy because I think there is a requirement for systemic input in terms of understanding problems and providing adequate research. This doesn’t happen while fighting individual cases,” said the university double gold medalist in procedural law, and Best Out.
Extracted from The Times of India.