Internship @ People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Jaipur: A Wonderful Experience

Name of the Organisation:

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Jaipur.

Duration for the internship:

3rd May to 31st May (29 days)

Timings:

10:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. on an average. It may extend up to late nights depending on the work.

Application Procedure:

I had to mail my C.V. along with a cover letter to [email protected]

Accommodation:

I stayed in a PG near Tonk Fatak. It hardly took 10 minutes from there to reach PUCL.

One can find many PGs near PUCL which are available at a cheap rate. So getting accommodation is a layman’s job.

Best Things:

I got to know a lot of things. Earlier I had no clue how the government organisations worked but the working of these organisations is now known to me.

There are many instances in which you feel like the akshay kaleva visits have done wonders to you, as a first year student it was a great start and I really enjoyed working with PUCL.

Bad Things:

The only thing that I didn’t like about PUCL was that it never provided the fare for the transportation and the fares were really high.

So if you’re planning to intern with PUCL get your own vehicle with you or make sure your pockets are full.

Mind you the places where you’ll be sent for surveys will be very far from the office.

My Experience at PUCL Jaipur:

It’s compulsory for the law students to intern during their studies. Being a first year student I was suggested by my seniors to work with a NGO. I did my first internship with People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Jaipur. My co-ordinator was Ms. Kavita Srivastava who is an amazing woman.

She’s full of energy and enthusiasm and very devoted for work and helping needy and poor people. Being herself hardworking woman she doesn’t like anybody who’s a couch potato or who’s least bothered about the serious work of PUCL.  Have I not told you about the serious work of PUCL?

PUCL is a total non-government, self-organized organization. PUCL is all about working for the welfare of the people around and spread awareness about law.

As there are many people who are not aware about their rights and the law of the country because of which they are being exploited by the stronger people of the society. PUCL Head office is in New Delhi. PUCL, Jaipur works mainly under the guidance of Ms. Kavita Srivastava.

The first task for us was to conduct a survey in all the Akshay Kalevas in Jaipur. My team was given 3 Akshay Kaleva locations for the survey. Yes TEAM! In PUCL you are not supposed to do anything individually, you are always in a team of 4-5 people.

So we did the survey and concluded that the first Akshay Kaleva which was near the railway station was in a very bad condition compared to the rest two that had better food, well-maintained sitting place and drinking water facility. After that we had to submit our reports of the survey.

The next task was to conduct a survey in the thanas (Police Stations) of Jaipur South. Out of all the 19 thanas I got 2 thanas, Saganer Sadar Thana and the railway station Thana.

Rajasthan government has instructed all the Thanas to maintain a special desk for females, known as “Mahila Desk” since 2003.

Not a single Thana in the whole Jaipur South has properly maintained it. The condition of ‘Mahila Desk’ of Saganer Sadar Thana was better than that of the railway station Thana. Then we made our reports and the consolidated report was released in the press as well. Along with this we also had a press conference in which we shared our experience and the condition of the Thanas with the press.

We were also given the task to survey the night shelters provided by the government for the poor and needy people. I and my partner got the Lal Kothi night shelter for survey. We found out that the condition of those night shelters were pathetic.

Most of the people were not aware about these that’s why they slept on the roads. I literally made them go along with their family to the night shelter nearby provided by the government. The feeling was amazing; I never knew helping such needy people is so gratifying.

Besides the field work, we also visited the Sessions court; that was the first time when I went to a Sessions Court and saw how the judicial proceedings took place. We also had lectures from certain experienced personalities about the new laws.

At the end we attended the workshop of Pravah, it is an organisation which works for youth development. It was a workshop on”Identity and Caste Based Exclusion”.

Through interesting games Pravah threw some light on the prevailing caste discrimination in our society and told us how we can dilute this disease which is still viral.

Working with PUCL overall was a wonderful experience for me.

The work environment was friendly. I made a lot of friends among the interns and I had the same academic backgrounds so we had many things in common.

All the first year law students and even others must intern with PUCL. You’ll gain a lot of knowledge and take home pockets full of experience at the cost of wisely used summer vacations.

The entry was a part of the Summer Internship Experience Writing Competition organized by LexisNexis and Lawctopus. MyLaw.net was the learning partner for the competition.

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