Fri. Sep 25th, 2020

RGNUL student Angshuman Hazarika receives DAAD Scholarship

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Interviewed by Ayushi Sinha 1.       How would you like to introduce yourself?

I normally like to state myself simply as a Law
student who is also highly interested in management and economics. I have
however been lucky to be a part of number of wonderful ventures like the Alexis
Foundation and IFLS global in a variety of capacities. Plus, I am also a MUN
and debating enthusiast.

When did pursuing law as a career option strike you?

I first came across Law as a career option after I had
passed my Class 12th. Till then, I was a hard core Science student
who was preparing to be a Doctor. In the same year in June I saw the
advertisement for the NLU Orissa entrance examinations and had appeared for it
just out of curiosity to check my level of preparation in Social Sciences and
General Knowledge. I surprised myself with a Sub 100 Rank. As fate would have
it, I could not secure a very good rank in the medical entrance examinations
and I decided to look for other career options the next year. Law was on my
priority list after the encouragement from the NLU Orissa test and I appeared
for CLAT. By God’s grace, I secured a decent rank to be able to join RGNUL,

You are a DAAD Scholar. How did you get to know about the DAAD
Scholarship? How did LL.M. at Europa Institute of the University of
Saarbrucken, Germany, happen?

I became aware of the DAAD Scholarship towards the end
of my third year when I was browsing through the internet for prominent
scholarships. I came to know about it in detail when our Senior Mr. Mrudul
Dadhich was selected as a DAAD Scholar last year and he informed me about the
details of the scholarship and the application procedure and requirements.

An LLM was a natural progression for me as I have a
plan to move into the academic and policy analysis sector later in my career.
Taking the same degree abroad was an option I had chosen primarily because of
the course content, flexibility and exposure which you receive from it.

The LLM Course at Europa Institute of the University
of Saarbrucken is one of the three courses for which the DAAD Angela Merkel
Scholarship is provided and was the only one among the three which covered my
area of interest and the specializations which I was seeking for. Hence, I
selected this course while applying for the Scholarship.

What are the recruitment prospects for the overseas students?

From the limited knowledge and the feedback that I
have received, the recruitment opportunities are limited immediately after you
pass out of a Master’s Course and more so in Continental European countries
where English is not the main language. However, opportunities certainly emerge
if you pursue a Doctoral Degree. After a Master’s course, you can primarily
look forward to internships at prominent international organizations like WIPO,
IBRD and the WTO and Indian students secure such internships almost every year.

As far as I am aware, students receiving a DAAD
Scholarship also get a work permit for around 18 months to look for jobs in
Germany after they complete the course. This might provide a much needed window
if you want to look for a job opportunity in Germany itself. These regulations
will however vary from country to country.

What role has your institution played in this great feat?

Our Institution is a growing University which has
excellent students who try to do something new and innovative every day and we
are slowly but surely building an excellent alumni base. Throughout my five
years in the University, I have always received support from the University and
my Professors for every venture that I proposed or was a part of. The
University also provided us with an opportunity to pursue a specialization in
our Undergraduate course which is rare among other law schools. But probably
the greatest role of the Institution has been that it has provided me with
seniors and Teachers who have been there to listen to every query and answer
them in the best possible manner.

What would be your advice for the current and future aspirants who aim
at going for higher studies?

I am certainly not qualified enough to provide any
advice to students. I would just like to state that in case you want to pursue
higher studies, certainly do place adequate emphasis in your academics and also
try to understand the work in your internships instead of merely doing whatever
your seniors tell you to do. This would help you a lot in selecting your area
of interest and during the interviews.

Source: Legal news India

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