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SAHYOG – A platform providing analysis help on Pro bono issues – Lawctopus



SAHYOG is a primary of its sort thought in an Indian regulation college which goals to additional the constitutional purpose of entry to justice by offering a platform that connects pupil analysis assistants to legal professionals and organizations who’ve taken up professional bono circumstances.

Adya Jha and Dakshita Chopra, alumni of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata, based this challenge in 2019. An opportunity dialog led them to understand that almost all regulation college students should not uncovered to professional bono work till much afterward of their careers, extra so for individuals who select to tread on the company path.

Therefore, they developed the thought of beginning SAHYOG which might be the best platform to not solely give fellow college students the chance to delve into the world of professional bono work at such an early stage of their lives however to additionally fulfill their need to channel their studying in direction of a higher social trigger.

Since its inception in September 2019, SAHYOG has collaborated with a number of organisations and legal professionals, contributing over 2500 professional bono hours.

The founding precept of this initiative has been to offer a platform what place college students could be personally intertwined in circumstances from the start to the tip, not like an internship what place one solely works on some authorized points for just a few weeks.

What began as a 32 member crew has now expanded to comprise  nearly 85 college students of WBNUJS at current. SAHYOG’s work has spanned throughout all kinds of areas together with constitutional regulation, prison regulation, labour regulation, land regulation, human trafficking regulation, POSH and POCSO and has encompassed problems with migrant employees, slum dwellers, tribal communities, and human trafficking amongst others.


Lawyers & Organizations which have labored with SAHYOG

A couple of of the collaborations with legal professionals and organizations on their professional bono issues are as beneath:

  • Mr. Arvind Datar – Research for PIL difficult constitutional validity of the 2020 Tribunal Rules
  • Mr. Yug Chaudhury – Research on illegal activity, bail provisions, and terrorist activity under UAPA
  • Mr. Gopal Sankaranaryan – Research on Governor’s energy to grant mercy pleas
  • Mr. Simon Benjamin – Research for a bail utility
  • International Justice Mission – Tracker of labour measures enacted throughout COVID-19 lockdown & evaluation of orders with respect to Labour Codes, International Labour Conventions & Case Law
  • Centre for Social Justice – Research on unnatural deaths, dowry deaths and honour killings


Appreciation for SAHYOG’s work

SAHYOG has additionally acquired appreciation from a number of famend authorized personalities who’ve applauded the imaginative and prescient behind the initiative. Justice Pratibha Singh, Ms. Indira Jaising, Mr. Arvind Datar amongst others have the next to say about SAHYOG:

 Sahyog – a platform for offering authorized help is a commendable initiative by college students of NUJS. Such platforms allow college students and younger legal professionals to contribute to Society and prepare themselves within the nuances of regulation. Involvement in analysis helps authorized coverage makers, legal professionals and judges alike. – Justice Pratibha Singh


This is a much wanted initiative from college students. Our regulation college students are the  lawyer of tomorrow and these efforts will give then the coaching they should serve people who find themselves in have to authorized providers  extra significantly within the discipline of human rights. – Ms. Indira Jaising 


SAHYOG is a novel and memorable effort of scholars from NUJS, Kolkata. In nearly each vital case within the Supreme Court, High Courts or trial courts, analysis help isn’t solely obligatory however may make all of the distinction to the result of the case. Even extra vital, thorough analysis not solely helps the arguing counsel however permits the judges to succeed in the right conclusion, thus resulting in the event of the regulation. -Mr. Arvind Datar


Launch of on-line portal

SAHYOG has been profitable in constructing a neighborhood of public-spirited college students who work tirelessly to assist legal professionals who’re working in direction of furthering the constitutional ethos of entry to justice. Although the present crew is restricted solely to the scholars of NUJS, Kolkata, organizing chapters of SAHYOG in different regulation colleges can be within the pipeline. The group has already acquired requests from college students in different components of the nation and is figuring out the modalities to facilitate such an growth. In an try and scale up the organisation and facilitate a seamless allocation course of which might assist legal professionals and college students to speak effectively SAHYOG has additionally launched their very own Internet portal accessible by way of their website-  www.sahyogprobono.com.


Contact particulars

They may also be reached by way of e-mail on sahyog.probono@gmail.com.

More details about SAHYOG and the work that they do could be discovered on their Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn handles.


About Author


Mustafa focuses on the technique and improvement of Lawctopus’ studying division, Lawctopus Law School. He is a graduate in regulation from WBNUJS, Kolkata and after a short stint with ICICI Bank as a authorized counsel, began exploring his interest in Learning & Development.His mission is to repurpose formal training in direction of psychological and social wellbeing reasonably than a mere financial progress perspective.


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