Internship Experience @ National Commission for Women, New Delhi: Drafted RTI Replies

Name

Vanya Chaturvedi

Organisation

National Commission for Women, New Delhi

Application Process

To apply for the internship you may email on the email addresses provided on the Commission’s website.

You can also go to the commission and apply to the Admin Dept. in person as I did in my case.

You should apply at least 15 days or 1 month prior to the time of commencement of the internship.

The application is processed in 10-15 days time.

The authorities inform the candidates through a phone or email of their selection for the internship.

Duration of internship and timings

9th July, 2015- 26th July, 2015 (15 days approx., can also be extended to 1 month.

First Day

The building is 3 storied, and the office is okayish: which means its neither too great nor bad.

Some cells have better interiors than others, maybe because some of them are newly made.

The whole building is fully air-conditioned.

When I first moved to my allotted cell on the very first day of my internship, it typically felt that I was in a government office.

I was allotted the Complaints and Investigation Cell which has files stacked all around on racks and here and there.

It looked like a world of files and papers.

Main tasks

Your tasks will depend on the Cell you would be allotted.

In my case, I was allotted the Complaints and Investigation Cell which caters to the complaints that are received by the Commission on a daily basis.

The Commission has its own well- functioning database and interns are required to feed in the credentials of the complaints to create a Brief Transmission Report (BTR) which is then sent out to concerned police officials and other authorities.

Also, we were asked to file Action Taken Reports (ATR) from the reports which were received from police officers and other authorities, as regards to the actions that they take in the concerned cases. Also, we were given the task of drafting RTI replies among others.

Environment

Each intern is placed under a certain counsellor during the tenure of his/her internship.

Our counsellor was very cordial, understanding, helpful and quite chilled out as far as the work was concerned.

But, the same may not be expected from other counsellors who might be a bit more formal and serious in their approach. It depends very much on the conduct of the counsellor you are placed under.

Though, overall the environment, people and co-interns were really good and well-informed.

Best things

The best things were the ample of time, time you get to surf the Internet.

Jokes apart, the best thing is that we got to read complaints in Hindi and interpret it.

It must be emphasized here that a majority of complaints and reports from the police are drafted in Hindi and thus, interpreting them was an interesting task.

However, some of the interns may find it a daunting, boring and an uphill task.

Bad things

Bad things, well, there weren’t any of them as such.

One thing can be that they are slow to process internship applications and formalities related to certificates.

It takes time.

Stipend

None

Biggest Lessons

My biggest lesson, being someone who feels a lot for the cause of women, was seeing the plight of the affected women and their relatives and witnessing that how slow and regressing our police and judicial system is in delivering them justice.

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