Internship Experience @ National Green Tribunal, Bhopal : Attend Proceedings, AC Campus, No Stipend

Name. College. Year of Study

Rashmi Shukla. National Law University Odisha. 2nd Year

Name of the organization. City

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National Green Tribunal

Duration of the internship

1 month

How big was the office? Team strength?

The office of the National Green Tribunal is on the 3rd floor of the State Information Commission Bhawan.

The team comprises of a big administrative unit and there is one Judge and one Expert member (environmentalist) for the judicial proceedings and one managing director of the tribunal.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

The application has to be submitted to the Managing director of the tribunal.

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings

4 weeks. 6 days a week. Morning 10- Evening 5 and there is a lunch break at 1.30 after the court proceedings.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

Bhopal is my hometown and hence accommodation was not a problem, but for people from other cities can easily find hostel facilities in the M.P. Nagar area which is nearby the office.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

One is expected to wear formals in the office and it is important to be on time.

One is suppose to bring their recommendation letter provided by the University and submit it in the office.

Main tasks (in detail)

The main task is to attend the proceedings of the tribunal and make brief of the proceedings and go through the case files.

You will have to make a report on topics that will be allotted to you by the judicial member of the tribunal.

Work environment, people

Work environment is very professional.

A lot depends on the judicial member presiding the bench.

During my internship justice Jyothimani was heading the tribunal and was very insightful and helpful, the managing director is a strict person and is very strict about the timings.

national green tribunal internship

Best things? 

Good internet connectivity and air conditioned campus.

The court proceeding were really interesting especially because you get to hear not just the judicial approach but the expert member’s advice as well and get a clear understanding regarding the functioning of law and environment together.

The judicial head took us all out for dinner and outside the office, all the members were real fun to be with and made us all feel very welcomed.

Bad things? 

The managing director can be a little too strict at times especially about discipline.

Since the National Green Tribunal is new to the idea of internship, you often have to make efforts to get work.

What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues

The office is very near to the DB mall so we usually used to go there or else some other food joint in MP Nagar (there are many and you get delicious yet cheap food easily), or else we used to sit in the library and spend time just talking.

Stipend/ month

There is no stipend.

Anything else you’d like to tell

National Green Tribunal is a big name in the current situation. India is only the 3rd country to have something on the line of green court.

Working in such an organization gives you a broad understanding as to how the burden of the judiciary can be shifted which is a major issue now.

Especially for a first year student it can be a really good firsthand experience of court proceedings and case files.

It is always better to explore new areas and new opportunities and national green tribunal is surely one.

Biggest lessons

For me, the biggest lesson was regarding punctuality.

Once, during the internship, the managing director called us all in his cabin and gave a good half an hour lecture over the importance of punctuality in judiciary.

I made a point after that to always be on time which helped me in my further internships as well.

The judicial member is a very warm person, he treated us all very well, and also a very transformational judiciary person and spending time with such people often provides you a good insight of the judiciary of this country.

He used to take our opinions over some particular case that is going on in the court at the moment and implement our views as well and it was sheer happiness to get compliments from the elderly person.

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