Internship @ Odisha Human Rights Commission, Bhubaneshwar: Not many had turned up that day, nor there was anything to do that day

Name. College. Year of Study.

Subhashree Dash, 1st year BBA LLB Student at New Law College of Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune.

Name of the organization. City

OHRC (Odisha Human Rights Commission), City: Bhubaneshwar , Odisha.

Duration of the internship. No. of days/week. Timings

 Nov 1st  2013 – Nov 21st 2013. 21 days. Timings: Usual reporting time 11 am- 3 pm,  which often used to get extended till 4 or 4:30 pm.

How big was the office? Team strength?

Odisha Human Rights Commission situated in the red building called Toshali Bhawan which had other various state commissions , the office was spacious enough and  had a small team working for the organization.

The  conference hall  was the usual  place where the interns were asked to sit besides the Human Rights Court.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

Dropping of an email at [email protected]  along  with  your CV and a recommendation letter from the college followed by a telephonic conversation regarding the internship duration.

Phone number : 0674 – 2570060

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

No , there was no accommodation provided.The students who interned at the commission usually were localites,who did not require accommodation facilities.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

The first day had nothing to do other then signing of the attendance and a briefing session about the internship program (referred as training program by them).

A booklet consisting of OHRC procedure code, rules & regulations and working of NHRC or the Human rights court was given to us on the first day and we were asked to read the booklet and also  to go through IPC , Crpc and report to them the next day.

The first day seemed dull and boring to me. Not many had turned up that day, nor there was anything to do that day.

Main tasks

The main tasks consisted of reading of the cases that were scheduled for that day and elaborating or presenting the case before the bench and answering the questions asked by them.Usually the interns there were 1st or the 2nd year students , so it was more of an interactive session with the Judges present there.

The bench consisted of Justice B.K Mishra, former Odisha HC Judge and Dr. R.N Bohidhar,IAS. The whole internship program was surrounded around the Human Rights Cell, reading cases,attending the proceeding if there was any that day, reading  IPC , Crpc mostly.

Work environment, people

People at the office were very friendly .Not a good experience with co-interns.

Best things? 

It was a good exposure as I was interning for the first time.My internship peroid witnessed Dr.R . N Bohidhar retiring from the bench, which left Justice B.K Mishra, Former Judge  of Odisha High Court heading the bench as the Chairperson.

It was really great experience having such an eminent person sharing his personal insights with us. That was the best part of the whole training program.

Bad things? 

Bad , well in my personal opinion the bad thing about the internship program was the long working hours with nothing much to do along with not much enjoyable company of co-interns , made it monotonous.

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

My inernship period witnessed not many interns turning up for their internship program , that left us with few co-interns to interact  or to have fun with.

There were seven interns in total during my training program.I  did not have a good experience with the co-interns.There’s a big bazaar nearby to the office building and also a pizza hut.

The big bazaar was a frequent hangout place for me along with a co-intern. The last day at the office was fun and the best enjoyable day  of  the whole internship program .

Stipend/month

No stipend provided.

Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons

I joined my internship program three days late then my scheduled date since I was not a localite and was sick for most of the days and later diagnosed with dengue. I had every valid reason for I absenting myself  from the training program for a few days and also faced criticism from some other co-intern mostly for that.

Biggest lesson that I learnt from this program besides gaining  of a fair knowledge on IPC, Crpc was that of dealing with the people and handling criticisms. Interning for the first time ever with little or no knowledge of law, this was not a bad experience completely.

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