Sarwar Ali’s father, who runs a fast food stall, never expected that his younger son would be able to complete his schooling, given the poverty and lack of resources that challenged his family’s daily life. Sarwar’s elder brother dropped out of school and now works in a Pizza Hut outlet. His family’s combined income is Rs 6,000 per month.
Originally from Sheikhpura district in Bihar, Sarwar has been living in Park Circus in Kolkata, an area predominantly considered a minority ghetto, ever since his father migrated to Kolkata looking for job opportunities in the city. He completed his schooling from Kolkata, with a commendable score of 84% in his Board Examinations, after being spotted by the IDIA Training team. His trainers describe Sarwar as a bright student, on the quest for knowledge, and with an instinctive grasp of the finer points of law. Sarwar maintains that he has chosen to pursue law because he has experienced the manner in which the poor and downtrodden are deprived of legal aid and he wishes to provide legal services to those who cannot afford it.
After Sarwar cleared the CLAT examination and was offered a seat at the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University (RMLNLU) at Lucknow, there has been no looking back for this lad.
With an iron-clad determination to go all the way, RMLNLU is indeed a great stepping stone for someone like him, with big dreams and the optimism to handle any challenge thrown at him.