Internship Experience @ Public Concern for Governance Trust, Mumbai: Wide Exposure, Worked on Women Safety

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Geetanjali Gupta

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Public Concern for Governance Trust, Mahalaxmi Chambers, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai [PCGT]

Application Process

Through college placement committee.

Duration of internship and timings

1st August, 2014 – 30th September, 2014

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

I did this internship during the end of my first year. The very first day when I was leaving for office from my place. It takes one and half hour to reach the office from my place which is a landmark itself i.e near the Mahalaxmi Temple.

As to be one of my first internship at that time I was excited to be the part of this patrician trust which broadly works on RTI and organizing youth for governance (YFG ) Projects to bring about accountability in governance.

My first day impression starting with Mr. DS Ranga Rao who deals with RTI matters of different sectors, Ms. Rashna Master acknowledged as the mother of pcgt looks for overall accounting sections, Ms. Shivani Akashi and Mithun sir who looked for the YFG materials.

The office has a very well underwork with a pleasant kitchen under the hands of a very amicable staff Ajit whose always there to help you out when there is a need. There’s no need to follow any dress code its regular wear.

The environment is so cordial that one doesn’t comes to realize that its the first day of his/her work.

Main tasks

I was very lucky to be the part of both important departments of this trust i.e RTI and YFG projects. I had filed an RTI regarding the mishaps going around one of the areas in Mumbai called GOWANDI which was headed by Mithun sir. We were taken to the location and our adjoining hands with the Mohalla Committee people we tried to find out the major issues of that particular location that largely was drugs, no proper dump zone and unsafety for girls to move after 7 pm.

I was very widely the part of YFG programs and we organised three major workshops: Ethics and Governance in Business Management, Ethics and Governance in Law, panelists- Former SC Judge BN Srikrishnan Advocate General of Maharashtra, Darius Khambata and Senior Counsel Aspi Chinoy and the third workshop was on Ethics and Governance in Civil Services.

Students from different backgrounds were given opportunities to interact and learn from such eminent personalities and to go through their experiences.

Work environment and people

Work environment is extremely friendly which keeps on gearing you up with the office team. Every Wednesday a weekly meeting is held to maintain a check and balance on the work going in the office with the presence of our trustees: Mr. Julio Ribeiro Chairman, Mr. Dara Gandhy Managing Trustee, Mr. Narayan Joint Managing Trustee, Dr. Ratna Magotra etc.

I would like to tell you briefly about Julio Ribeiro sir and his achievements: Julio sir rose to be the Commissioner of Mumbai Police a retired Indian police officer and civil servant. He held increasingly responsible positions during his career, and led the Punjab Police during part of the Punjab insurgency periods.

In 1987, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award for his services. He was promoted to Director General of Central Reserve Police Force, then to Director General Police of Gujarat. Since retirement, he has served on corporate boards of directors and performed social work.

Best things

Office timings are great and no dress code. a place where you come under the shade of such mature professionals to learn up.

Bad things

Well there’s no good source of food corners but you will be supported by the collection of menus at office itself.

Stipend

No stipend

Biggest Lessons

Well every step you take here is a biggest lesson because the kind of exposure given to you over here is very wide.

Any Other Thing

The very interesting part of this internship I would like to share is that they organize an annual function where they invite distinguished personalities like earlier there were Late sir APJ Abdul Kalam, Aamir Khan in the moth of January.

Where I was given the logistic dept to handle and an opportunity to ask a question to Aamir which was related to AIB roast and got viral on youtube and you can find me audible there.

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