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Internship Experience @ Central Information Commission (CIC), Delhi: Research Projects, Variety of Cases, Study Show Cause Cases

By: Aprajita Karki | July 19, 2019
Name, College, year:

Shantanu Dixit, National Law University, Nagpur, 1st Year BA.LLB. (Hons.) 2018-23.

Organisation and address:

Central Information Commission (CIC) and CIC Bhawan, Baba Gangnath Marg Munirka, New Delhi – 110 067.

Duration of internship:

21st May 2019 to 21st June 2019.

How you applied:

I applied through the Internship Coordinating Committee (ICC) of my University. One can apply through the process mentioned on the portal of CIC.

Timings:

9:30 am- 6:30 pm

First day formalities and first impression:

The Day I entered the CIC; I was directed towards Joint Secretory of Law office and from there to CIC Sir’s Office for the formal interview. From there, I and other interns were allocated to various departments and I was allocated under CIC sir.

The associates and other interns were very nice to me. All were highly cooperative and were indulged in their requisite tasks.

Then the documents verification was done and finally, we all reached our respective chambers and then I met the Legal Consultants (LC’s) Of Shri Sudhir Bhargava (CIC) and we all had a discussion about the work needed to be done. And then we were provided with the Bare Act of RTI to get well versed with the sections mentioned in it and the working of CIC.

Main tasks:

To do the briefing of facts for the scheduled cases.

Study the show cause cases, then present before the CIC and convince him that why your issues and prayer fits deemed in the light of Justice (reference to RTI Act and Case laws are must. Yeah it sounds like memorial, but it isn’t moot, all real) and attend the proceedings for the same.

Proceedings are done In Personam and through Video Conferencing (VC) too. You can even question the parties for proving your point. Then we need to prepare a draft of the related case after attending the hearings. All in all, 18-20 hearings are scheduled for a day.

Associates of the CIC were very supportive and they were always available to help interns.

The CIC sir himself is nice but if one lacks professionalism and do delay in work then the one has to face the consequences.

Moreover, every intern is assigned a research project that needed to be done and submitted at the end of one’s internship. This helps to refine one’s research skills and also helps in gaining knowledge about the topic.

Good things:

Working Environment was congenial and each of the employee and the LC’s were cooperative and will help you in your research project and also in making the briefs and draft.

Moreover, on a single day, numerous cases are scheduled so one can learn various things and the atmosphere is altogether that of the court only.

Also, our mastery over RTI and its implementation are ameliorated. We come to know when to file RTI and on what types of organizations come under its ambit.

Furthermore, we learned how to make case briefs and the drafts, which are very important for our future aspect in Law Field. We also get a break of 1 hour for lunch and we do have a canteen in CIC premises and it is cheap and the quality of food is also fine.

Bad things:

CIC Sir may reprimand you for being lethargic or not submitting the briefs on time. But. This is for one’s own benefit as it will make us more prevalent. Sometimes, one or two hearings are boring and you may feel to leave the proceeding (but never do so)

Stipend:

No Stipend.

Accommodation, commuting to office etc:

I took a room in Munirka area as it is walking distance to the CIC office so the travel cost can be minimized. Moreover, there are many nearby restaurants too.

What you did to chill out:

As one need to go 5 days a week and there is off on weekends so you can explore the city as there are various places to spend your time and have fun. But, one suggestion that I personally need to give is that if you wish to do an internship in CIC then don’t do it alone and do with at least 3-4 of your friends as it will be cheaper and also one would not feel bored during the work.

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Aprajita Karki

I am an army girl! In a barbie world! Keeper of 5 dogs. On a diet for now. Sometimes I might make punctuation mistakes, but I make up for it by bringing in a crore or two extra. What's more important, a misplaced comma, or a well-placed crore?

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