KUMAR MANGALAM

KUMAR MANGALAM

4th Year, NLU, Odisha


Native Place: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh

Academic Record: (6th Semester) – 79.34% (5th Semester) - 78.92%

Attendance Record: Aggregate Attendance for the 4thand 5thSemester is 97.8% and 88.5% (Approx.)

Fees: Rs. 1,48,250/- Per Annum

ENTITLEMENT FOR SCHOLARSHIP AS CASE OF “Hardship” (S.No.4)

Kumar hails from the river – town of Prayagraj and has been an avid scholar throughout. Kumar also was an Eklavya Scholar in the past year and his efforts in continuing his education with increasingly better results are clearly showing.

Kumar’s father is an LIC agent by profession and his annual family income stands to the tune of Rs. 2, 00, 000. As the pandemic set in, so did despair as the Insurance sector, like any other consumption - based sector has dropped to a zero. This meant an absolute wipe out of family earnings for him. With him and his younger sister both in college, it has been a very hard time for his family to arrange for funds to continue their education appropriately. He is not able to take loans from banks owing to the factors that his family has no collateral property or any immovable property that they could put up as collateral security loan and he already owes money to multiple of his relatives which has been utilised in funding his education upto this point. Thus, making for a case of hardship for him.

It is essential to highlight the stellar academic record of Kumar who has achieved top notch grades through all his semesters of study and has numerous publications to his name with the Law School Policy Review, National Law University Odisha Law Journal, Taxmann, etc. He was adjudged as the winner of the NLSIU – Sports Law and Policy Essay Competition 2018 and was adjudged a quarterfinalist at a Moot Court Competition with Competition Law as the Subject Matter jointly hosted by Damodaran Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam and the Competition Commission of India.

Apart from excellent academic credentials, Kumar utilises his time in mentoring students through the means of the IDIA and enabling younger entrants in transitioning to the law school life and settling in the new surroundings. Kumar maintains that there are multiple like him who need help and guidance as new joiners, being unaware of the various nuances that govern the law school life for the next half a decade.

Kumar hopes to score the scholarship yet again this year, so that the same can enable him to continue his education without any hiccups and he also wishes to join the bar at some point upon completion of his studies.

Kumar was a recipient of the inaugural Eklavya Scholarship in 2019 and he has been shortlisted again because of the consistency in his efforts for increasingly better results. He has an excellent academic record with top grades and distinguished publications in numerous journals. He is also an avid mooter in his college. Thus, CAN Foundation feels extremely proud to select him for the scholarship under the ‘Hardship Category’.