Project Eklavya 2021

In the wake of the devastating economic and social after-effects of the pandemic, many students coming from varied backgrounds have become more vulnerable. CAN Foundation believes that legal education is not only a tool for the upliftment of an individual but can positively affect an entire community by providing sound awareness regarding their legal rights while providing representation in society.

We believe that no deserving student shall be deprived of opportunity or face hardship while studying at the premier law institutions of the country. Project Eklavya is a step in furtherance of the same belief.

Since its inception, Project Eklavya has assisted over 50 Students from diverse backgrounds through disbursement of over Rs. 40 lakhs in scholarships. We hope to be of assistance to many more such individuals and would like to reinforce our commitment to assist as many students as we can.

Such Initiatives are only possible because of the support of Seniors of the Profession. The Members of CAN Foundation hope to live up to the utmost faith that has been placed in us by our Board of Patrons, Donors & Well-Wishers.


  • The student must be enrolled in an Undergraduate Programme at any National Law University (NLU) with a minimum of 65% aggregate/average marks in the last 3 Semesters. (A student in the 2nd year of study may send records of the semesters they have completed.) 1st Year Students (Batch of 2021-2026) are not eligible to apply under Eklavya 2021.
  • The Candidate must provide an undertaking that their scholarship shall be discontinued in the future, if the Candidate fails to secure a minimum of 65% marks in any subsequent trimester/semester following the grant of scholarship to them. However, this condition would be suitably relaxed in the face of extreme unforeseen emergencies/contingencies occurring with the candidate as allowed by the Selection Committee.
  • [Explanation: The word ‘extreme’ in this case shall mean to construe a condition rendering the Candidate incapable of attending classes. The decision of the Selection Committee, exercising its discretion in this regard, shall be final and binding.]
  • The annual cumulative family income (of Father, Mother, unmarried Brother or unmarried Sister) in the last 3 Financial Years on the date of application should have been less than Rs. 8 Lakhs per year, including the current Financial Year as per the ITR filed with the IT department.


The selection process for Eklavya 2021 has been meticulously and diligently designed to ensure credibility of the highest standard keeping in mind the significance of the Project. The Foundation has established a two-tier process, wherein the applications will undergo strict scrutiny by two committees that will comprise Eminent Legal Professionals.

The Tier-1 Scrutiny Committee (“Scrutiny Committee”) shall comprise Young Members from the Bar who have at least a decade’s experience and are renowned for their contribution. The Scrutiny Committee shall undertake a detailed review of each application and shall shortlist only the candidates that are the most meritorious and in the greatest need of financial assistance.

The High-Powered Selection Committee (“HPSC”) shall comprise titans of the Legal Fraternity. It shall be headed by retired Chief Justice of High Court Judge and shall also comprise two Senior Advocates of impeccable repute. The HPSC shall make the final call as to the Candidates to be selected and the quantum of assistance to be accorded.


  • Every Applicant must first register on the Official Website of the CAN Foundation at under the tab of ‘Eklavya 2021’.
  • The Candidate must fill in all the necessary details namely:
    1. Name:
    2. Email ID:
    3. Mobile Number:
    4. Alternate Mobile Number:
    5. Batch (in the format – ‘2017-2022’) :
    6. University:
  • Post-registration, each candidate shall receive a unique ID (in the form of ‘PE/21/_’), which is necessary to be included in the Application Form.
  • Application Forms that are sent by UNREGISTERED CANDIDATES shall NOT be considered for Eklavya 2021.
  • The Candidate must fill out the information in the Application Form digitally (i.e., in a typed format)
  • The Candidate must ensure that every page of the Application Form along with all the relevant Annexures is duly signed by the Candidate and the Parents/Guardians.
  • The Candidate must make a Singular Integrated File comprising the Application Form and the relevant Annexures in a PDF format, and send it as a Google Drive Folder (create a Google Drive Folder, Upload/Add the integrated PDF file to the folder, Share the access to the Google Drive Folder through Email) at [email protected]
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Public Notice : Deadline for submission of duly filled Application Form under Project Eklavya 2021 has been extended till 20th September, 2021, 5 PM IST.

Project Eklavya, seeks to lift and impact deserving, but underprivileged, students by providing them with an annual scholarship that facilitates them in attaining a well-rounded education at premier NLUs of the nation.

Primarily, the Minimum Eligibility criterion for attaining the scholarship benefit under Project Eklavya requires that the student must be enrolled in the undergraduate programme at any NLU with a minimum of 65% aggregate/average marks in the last three semesters. The Annual Cumulative Family Income (of Father, Mother, unmarried brother or sister) should not exceed Rs. 8,00,000 per annum including the current financial year. Finer details of our criterion and application procedure can be found in the Application Form for Eklavya 2020. VIEW APPLICATION FORM

The members of the CAN Foundation repose their utmost faith in the noble virtues of charity and loyalty. Under the aegis of an inspiring and distinguished Board of Patrons, the Foundation has made remarkable strides since its inception, more about them can be found on the Patrons Section of our Website.

Eklavya 2020 - At a Glance

The Foundation realizing the devastating impact especially the financial insecurity that the novel COVID-19 pandemic had on households, announced the Call for Applications for Eklavya 2020 on August 22, 2020.

Several relaxations and considerations in the Eligibility Criterion were effected keeping in mind the exigencies that presented themselves due to the limited functioning of institutes of higher education throughout the nation.

The Call for Applications was closed on September 11, 2020 and 51 Applications were received. Thus, officially marking the commencement of the Scrutiny Process.

Scrutinizing Applications

The Selection Procedure for Eklavya 2020 was meticulously and diligently designed to give due reverence to the authenticity as well as the significance of the Project. The Foundation established a Two-Tier Process, wherein the applications underwent strict scrutiny by both the Committees, that comprised eminent legal professionals.

The students were shortlisted by a carefully nominated Tier -1 Scrutiny Committee of Experts, post which the applications were duly verified and examined by a High-Powered Selection Committee (HPSC).

The members of the Committee were eminent young legal professionals with at least a decade of experience in the Bar. More details about the respected members can be found at the link below.
The Members were:

  • Ms. Pragati Neekhra (AOR, SCI)
  • Mr. Amalpushp Shroti (AOR, SCI & Advocate, MPHC)
  • Mr. Rishad Ahmed Chouwdhury (AOR, SCI & Advocate, Delhi HC)
  • Mr. Divyakant Lahoti (AOR, SCI& Advocate, Delhi High Court)
  • Mr. Mrigank Prabhakar (AOR, SCI& Advocate, Delhi High Court)
  • Ms. Suhasini Sen (AOR, SCI & Delhi High Court)
Tier One Scrutiny Committee

After five rounds of deliberations(on 13.09.2020, 16.09.2020, 19.09.2020, 20.09.2020 & 23.09.2020)the Tier-1 Scrutiny Committee shortlisted candidates for further appraisal by the High-Powered Selections Committee.

The Scrutiny Committee, in an attempt to be microscopic in their analysis, categorized the shortlisted candidates on the basis of their financial hardships and academic records to ascertain the quantum of financial assistance to be given to them. The categories were:

  • Category A: Excellence Despite Extreme Hardships
  • Candidates shortlisted under this category are those whose financial conditions are mightily precarious. They have lost either one of their parents or the parents are undergoing some serious medical treatments or financial hardships. Thus making ends meet is a herculean challenge for the household. These Candidates have managed their education till now by taking out loans or have tapped in to limited family savings thus putting them at high risk.

  • Category B: Excellence Despite Hardships
  • Candidates shortlisted under this category are those who have insufficient family income to sustain their education or are facing some other impediment in the seamless pursuit of their education. These are also characterised by the existence of other dependants such as siblings who also require support for their education.

  • Category C: Late Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer Memorial Awards for Excellence
  • The Candidates under this category are shortlisted to encourage and reward their stellar academic record and performance despite financial difficulties in their families. The assistance is to be extended to them as a Token of Encouragement for their resilience in the face of adversity.

The High-Powered Selection Committee was headed by Mr. Justice Kurian Joseph(Former Judge, Supreme Court of India), with Mr. Dayan Krishnan, Senior Advocate & Mrs. Madhavi Goradia Divan, Senior Advocate as members.

High-Powered Selection Committee

The Committee met virtually on September 29, 2020 and duly deliberated over the profiles presented to them. They appreciated the efforts of the Tier-1 Committee and their meticulous approach towards shortlisting the candidates. The HPSC was thus of the view that the Foundation should attempt to provide financial assistance to all the shortlisted candidates. Upon further perusal of the profiles, the Committee was of the view that the Foundation should endeavor to assist them in various degrees owing to the financial limitations of the Foundation.

Eklavya 2020 Cohort

The Foundation proudly welcomed the following meritorious bunch from National Law Universities across the nation under its umbrella. Having undergone a rigorous Two-Tier Selection Process, these students will receive financial assistance from the Foundation.

Excellence Despite Extreme Hardships

Excellence Despite Hardships

Late Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer Memorial Awards for Excellence

CAN Foundation selected the following recipients for “Project Eklavya” Scholarship for the Academic Session 2019-20. These candidates were awarded the scholarship quantum ranging between Rs. 50,000-1,50,000/- in the Inaugural Ceremony of CAN Foundation, which was held on 7th December, 2019 at Vidhan Sabha, Madhya Pradesh. All the candidates were selected after their applications were duly scrutinized by an independent and autonomous Scrutiny Committee. The beneficiaries of the scholarship personally attended the Ceremony for which they were separately provided TA-DA Allowance of Rs. 7500/- each.

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