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.

Project Eklavya 2020

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.

Eklavya 2019 - Testimonials


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