Indian students offered human rights scholarships at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, in honour of Kapila Hingorani

Top Quote The legacy of Kapila Hingorani - known as the 'mother of public interest litigation' - has been recognised by Sheffield Hallam University with two scholarships for a masters course in applied human rights being offered in her name. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 06, 2015 - Two new scholarships are being offered by a leading modern university in England in memory of one of India's most prominent human rights lawyers.

    Mrs Hingorani, who died in December 2013, was the first Indian lawyer to issue a public interest litigation on behalf of prisoners awaiting trial for a period longer than the sentence they would serve if found guilty.

    In her 50 years of practice, Mrs Hingorani and her husband Nirmal fought more than 100 cases in the Supreme Court and provided a voice, through public interest law, for underprivileged and marginalised sectors of Indian society.

    Sital Dhillon, head of the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam, said: "We are honoured to be able to recognise the tremendous contribution of Kapila Hingorani to public interest litigation in India.

    "We hope that the winners of these scholarships will be able to follow in her footsteps by continuing the global fight for human rights justice and education."

    Kapila Hingorani's three children, Aman, Priya and Shweta, are all practising lawyers. Both Priya and Aman recently attended the launch of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam, a home for its human rights and social justice programmes.

    Priya, vice president of the Supreme Court Bar Association in India, said: "I think my mother would be very happy to have her name attached to these scholarships. She always wanted to encourage everyone to have access to justice and education so I am sure she would be very proud.

    "We hope this will be the start of a partnership with Sheffield Hallam, in which professionals from the UK and from India, can gain and exchange international experience."

    Kapila's family has set up the Kapila Hingorani Foundation with a view to continue her work for disadvantaged sections of society and on socio-legal issues. It was following discussions with the Foundation that the Department of Law and Criminology decided to launch the Kapila Hingorani Postgraduate Scholarships in memory of Kapila.

    Winners of the Kapila Hingorani Postgraduate Scholarships will receive a 50% scholarship on tuition fees for MA Applied Human Rights. The course draws upon relevant disciplines in law, politics and social science and provides opportunities to gain the experience and skills needed to work with key human rights organisations.

    Applications for scholarships to begin the MA Applied Human Rights course in September 2015 are welcomed from self-funding students domiciled in India. It is necessary to hold an offer for the course to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

    Sheffield Hallam University is the best modern university in the north of England (Times and Sunday Times, 2015) with award-winning expertise in professional legal skills and social and criminal justice, including the British Society of Criminology National Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.

    More about the Kapila Hingorani Postgraduate Scholarships - The deadline for applications is 30 June, 2015. For more information and an application form, visit
    More about the MA Applied Human Rights - For more information about the course, visit

    The Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice is part of the award-winning law and criminology department at Sheffield Hallam University. Its central values are those of widening access to justice and education, the promotion of human rights, ethics in practice, equality, and a respect for human dignity in overcoming social injustice. The mission of the Centre is to involve staff and students in national and international projects, innovative teaching programmes and research, focusing on criminal law, international human rights and the promotion of social justice through all components of the social and criminal justice systems. For more information, go to

    About Sheffield Hallam University:
    Sheffield Hallam University dates back to 1843 and is one of the most progressive universities in the United Kingdom. Sheffield Hallam is currently offering 750+ courses to 35,000 students including more than 4,000 international students from more than 100 different countries. Sheffield Hallam also has collaborations with several Indian Universities including Vidyalankar School of Technology, Mumbai, Symbiosis International University, Pune, Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida, Delhi, Christ University, Bangalore, Techno India NJR, Udaipur, Bhagwant Group of Institution, Jaipur, TAPMI, Manipal and seeks to develop a global and pioneering mindset in its students.

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