Internship @ Chattisgarh Human Rights Commission, Raipur: Exciting Work, Diligence Required, No Stipend

Name. College. Year of study.

Ashna. KIIT School Of Law. 1st year

Name of the organisation. City. Office Address. How was the office? Team strength.

Chhattisgarh Human Rights Commission. Raipur.

The office is big, as the commission is an autonomous body, it has to be huge to accommodate the work procedure of the whole state within the office.

Team strength- 25 members(approximately).

Duration of Internship

15-05-2013 to 06-06-2013

Application procedure? Internship Contact Details

Application procedure: Firstly, You need to have a recommendation letter from your college saying that your college is allowing you to intern in CGHRC from this to that date (Remember CGHRC gives you an internship experience only for 21 days, so manage your dates accordingly).

Internship contact details: Research officer Mr. Manish Mishra deals with the interns , so he is the one who needs to be contacted. Scan the recommendation letter and send it to this address CGHRC Near Old Mantralaya Parisar  Raipur C.G. 492001 Or Call 0771 2235591.

Duration in weeks. Days of work per week. Timings.

Duration in weeks. 21days/3weeks. 10am-1pm

First impression, first day, formalities

The First impression was like boss you have to work hard here, people are very serious about their work, unlike govt. organizations here the clock hits 10 and everyone is there in the office.

 A co-intern from some other college came in ten minutes late on the very first day, he was sent back. First day was all in all fun, I got to know about the basic concepts of human rights, was introduced to the  members of the commission.

The only formality which I did was to submit the original copy of the recommendation letter and to write an application saying I am interested in interning at CGHRC.

Main tasks

Main tasks: The state human rights commission basically deals with every human rights violation matter , so people when submit an application , that application is registered and then classified as to which department this application belongs to and how the investigation of a matter takes place.

I as an intern was supposed to go through all those applications and try and understand as to what department it belongs to and write it down in my Diary (to maintain a record).

Another most important task was to read the inspection files of Jail, Hospital and Police stations done by the Commission and understand the working of a commission through The Protection of Human Rights Act 1993.

Work environment, people

Work environment: Amazing work environment, one tends to work even if he/she is not in a mood to work because when you enter the office you see some old and middle aged men working with full dedication and you feel like if they wholeheartedly can, you as the future of the country surely can, it kind of comes to your ego.

Best Things AND the Bad Things

Best things:  Whenever you find yourself stuck in some confusion, You will certainly find people helping you. Be him the law officer or the invert desk member, everyone is ready to help you apart from their busy schedule.

I as a law student , generally comes up with many doubts in the middle of the discussion of a topic, here you are never stopped to clarify your doubts no matter how silly it is, if it is actually related to your study in anyway,

You’ll be helped. And the another best part was you will be served tea if you need it ,to make you feel relaxed and stress free.

Bad thing: The only bad thing was the timing of the internship, even I was given a option to change  timing from 2pm-5pm,  but to travel 40 kms after 5 pm would have been a bit risky. So I somehow managed with the old timing.

Accommodation etc. What did you to do chill in and around the office and the place of stay?

Accommodation: Since I lived 40 kms away from the office, I used to take mini bus from my place to the Raipur Bus station which was at walking distance from the office. And for any other who is not a localite , the city Raipur has many PG’s to accommodate students.

To chill , I found out a place to hang out , there was a restaurant just next to the office which serves you with the most needed, chilled  lassi and cold drinks which one desperately needs in  summers.

I had 14 Co-interns with me out of which 4 was from my college, and rest of my colleagues were from different colleges. As a law student the brightest opportunity you get while interning is you get to know more people and share a common legal bond with them.

Stipend/ Month

No Stipend. Money really doesn’t matter, the real treasure is the experience you get from here.

Any other Comments

I’d like to share a common dilemma which every first year law student faces, it is about the internship , one knows how to apply for an internship but one is not sure about where he/she should apply.

Since I will be a second year student now, I would like my juniors to not feel the same dilemma which we did. One gets the basic knowledge of concepts wherever he/she interns.

So to start with one needs to go with at least one internship at State human rights commission just to know how Law helps people in getting aware about their rights.

Biggest Lessons

Biggest lessons: The biggest lesson which I learnt from this internship at State human rights commission was you should never take your internship lightly because you never know when you will be asked to write a report on all the points you jotted down while working in the commission.

If you weren’t serious about the work you will be in a mess.

And one more lesson is we the Indians even after getting independence, lacks behind when it comes to be a developed democratic nation ,as we have many rights which we are unaware of and we have so many ways to get justice if our rights are violated and for that as a citizen of India and as a law student we need to help people in getting more aware about their rights.

Disclaimer: Internship experiences are opinions shared by individual law students and tend to be personal and subjective in nature. The internship experiences shared on Lawctopus are NOT Lawctopus official views on the internship.

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