Internship Experience @ PUCL, New Delhi: Prepare Reports on Various Dharnas

Name. College. Year of Study 

Ankitesh Ojha. HNLU, Raipur. 1st year

Name of the Organization. City 

People’s Union for Civil Liberties. New Delhi

Duration of the Internship

21 Days

How big was the office? Team Strength? 

Office was pretty small, it was a single room with few desktops and was filled with books, magazines and journals.

The size of office did not matter to me because I visited the office just for the registration purpose and to collect the certificate.

The work they assigned me was field work. As far as team strength is concerned there were only two paid clerks in the office.

Application Procedure. Internship Contact Details 

I mailed my CV to Mr. N.D Pancholi, who is currently the president at PUCL, Delhi.

One can mail his/her CV to [email protected] or [email protected]

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

I interned there for three weeks. On Monday the office remains closed. There are no specific timings. I used to call the office daily to know about timings and work for that particular day.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it? 

I was residing at my uncle’s place in Gurgaon. Accommodation is never a problem in Delhi, PGs are very easily available in Mayur Vihar (office is located in Mayur Vihar) at reasonable prices.

First impression. First day, formalities etc. 

Being very honest, first impression was not very good.

I did not find the office very decent.

On the first day I was asked to get registered.

They assigned me work from the next day of mine registration.

Main tasks

The work they assigned me was very interesting.

Pancholi sir asked me to visit Jantar Mantar and prepare reports on various “dharnas”.

He invited the interns at various conferences and seminars. I found those seminars very fruitful.

I also went to High Court of Delhi, Kadkadooma Court, Patiala House Court.

Watching proceedings in courts is obviously one of the best experiences for a first year student.

I was also asked to prepare a research paper on any contemporary legal issue.

Best things?

I participated in a debate where, I got a chance to interact with Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani, KTS Tulsi, Subramanium Swamy and Manish Tewari.

Seeing Ram Jethmalani fight with Subramanium Swamy in a debate was epic and surely unforgettable. 😉

Bad things?

I did not find anything bad about PUCL.

For me visiting Jantar Mantar and preparing reports on various “useless protests” (Not all the protests are sensible) was boring.

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

You won’t get bored in Delhi. Co- interns were there from other NLUs and it was a great experience with new friends.

Stipend/ month 

No stipend

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