Internship @ Odisha Human Rights Commission, Bhubaneswar: Case Summaries & Reports, Passing Notes in Courtroom!

Your Name, College, Year of Study

Syed Saheel Ahmed, KIIT Law School, 2nd Year

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Orissa Human Rights Commission, Bhubaneswar. 15

Application Process

Applying for an internship at OHRC is just like a breeze,you need to submit a letter of recommendation from your college and your CV.  They’ll send an acknowledgement to the college as to whether the candidate is selected or not (most of the cases everyone is selected).

Contact Details

Phone: 0674-2570060 (ask for Mr. Pattnaik cause he’s in charge of the internship department). Email: [email protected]

Duration of internship and timings

The duration of the internship depends upon an individual, he or she can intern for a month or two according to their wish. But I interned for 21 days and the timings were same as that of office timings i.e 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

I was very nervous on my first day cause it was my first internship and the judge who looked very sweet was not that sweet though.

On my first day after finishing the registration formalities they took me to the commission’s court where all the cases were heard by the judge B.K Mishra. In the second half I was handed over a case of which i had to prepare a summary and present it in front of the judge.

The infrastructure was decent it had a lift which saved us a lot of effort, the whole office was air conditioned and very clean.

Main tasks

The main task for us was to make a summary of the case and prepare a case report and present the same at the time of hearing of the case in front of the judge, he sometimes asked questions and gave a lot of lectures about G.K , History, Geography etc.

Work environment and people

The work environment was very good and comfortable though the work was a bit difficult at times. The people at the office were very polite and soft spoken and used to always inquire whether we had our lunch properly or not. (as the place was a little bit far from a nearby mall).

Except for the security people who were very rude and had a very rough behavior towards the interns.

Best things

The office was fully air conditioned so heat was never a problem and we were given half day leave very easily by making silly excuses like ‘I have an headache’ or ‘my stomach’s paining’ etc. A lot of interns would also take advantage of such opportunities and bunk.

As it was the month of December the commission had organised a new year party for the interns where the interns were asked to get a cake and the judge would get the famous sweet dish called ‘chena podo’ from Cuttack and rest of the things would be taken care by the commission.

Not bragging about it but I was the judge’s favorite intern so I was entrusted with the job to get the cake so accordingly I got the cake and to my surprise the judge really liked the cake and next day he summoned me to his chamber and inquired about where I got that cake from, as he wanted to give the same cake as a present to his in laws.

So this was one of the most exciting thing that happened to me. He told me to go along with his driver in his car and get that cake for him. It was such a great feeling travelling in a car which had a red beacon on top and the number plate said ‘Chairman OHRC’, the feeling that I already am travelling in a judge’s car without having passed my law degree simply can’t be described.

Bad things

Firstly, the security people’s behavior was very rude, secondly the time which was given to us to prepare our cases was very less around an hour or so which made our work very difficult and lastly the office was situated a bit into the inside so we had to walk a lot to have our lunch other than that everything was fine.

Stipend

No Stipend

Biggest Lessons

So there was this one day where I was caught passing notes in the courtroom(as we were not supposed to talk in the courtroom) and we all have the last page of our notebook where we scribble things, make funny doodles, the evergreen flames.

So in my case the message I was passing was very general as to when do we get a holiday, to which my friend in reply wrote down “jaake judge se puch woh teko holiday list ke saath History , Geography, G.K etc sab bata dega“.

So this message was read aloud by the judge in the courtroom and he used to make fun of me every time, even on my last day he mockingly told me that “agar History, Geography ya G.K jaanna ho toh aa jana“. So this is one of the biggest lessons that I learnt, not to pass messages in a courtroom.

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