Internship Experience @ National Green Tribunal, New Delhi: Informative and Educative Experience

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

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Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

National Green Tribunal, Principal Branch Faridkot House Copernicus Marg, New Delhi – 110001

Application Process

A cover letter along with CV and reasons for Interning at NGT are to be emailed at [email protected]

Duration of internship and timings

8th July, 2015 to 8th August, 2015

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

I reached NGT well before time during my first day and so had to go the canteen. Thereafter I went to personal secretary of the registrar general and talked regarding the internship. Nothing much work was given to me on the first day. I was told to attend the court proceedings and submit a joining letter to the filing section.

The first impression of NGT was thrilling as I heard the senior counsels and Chairperson of NGT speak.

There are three court rooms in NGT but proceedings usually happened in two of them. There was judicial section where we worked much of the time. All these places were air-conditioned. Apart from these NGT boasts of a good library with relevant books concerning environment and environmental law available. The NGT has a computer section where daily orders of the tribunal were uploaded on in the site.

Main tasks

I was told to hear cases in the court rooms along with other co-interns and after the court proceedings were finished we were required to go to the judicial section of the NGT and get the case file any one case argued in the court on the that day and after reading the entire case file prepare a synopsis of the case.

Work environment and people

Overall it was amicable and the staff of NGT helped the co-interns whenever any help was sought.

Best things

The entire internship experience has been quite informative and educative. I got to hear Mr. Dushyant Dave, Senior Advocate, President of Supreme Court Bar Association, Mr. Pinaki Mishra, Senior Adv., Member of Parliament, among others to argue their case. Also it was an absolute delight to hear Chairperson of NGT, Mr. Swatanter Kumar, retired Supreme Court Judge.

His intellectual prowess to differentiate the relevant from the superfluous during arguments of the case and framing of pertinent questions that need to be answered by the respective counsels was awe-inspiring.

Bad things

1. At times it was difficult to hear the advocates and the judges of the NGT speak.

2. The whole internship could have been better organised with a person who could dedicate all his time to the law interns.

Stipend

No stipend

Biggest Lessons

An important part of the internship experience was interacting with the other co-interns and discussing each person’s respective case with all interns.

The internship also gave me an opportunity to see Mr. M. C. Mehta in flesh, the person who has played a major role in jurisprudence of environmental law in India and whose judgements are cited by other counsels. The man’s presence makes you feel that nothing is unachievable if you’re willing to work hard for it.

Any Other Thing

This is an internship experience I have learned from my friend. So please take note of that.

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