Your name, college, course and year of study
Vipranshi Bhatia, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (VIPS), 2nd Year
Name of the organisation and its location
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, India
Duration of the internship
1st July 2018 to 27th July 2018
How did you apply?
I came to know about the legal internship at DMRC from a friend who was interning there in Corporate Communication Department. I gave my CV to my friend and he recommended my CV to the DGM of Legal Department.
First day, first impression, infrastructure
On the first day of the internship, I was asked to report to the office at 9 am. After waiting for about one hour, DGM briefed me about the ‘dos’ and ‘don’t s’ of the internship. He also asked me about what I want to do like I want to visit court or I want to do work at the office only. I chose to go to court.
I was told that during the course of the internship, I would be required to report to office first then go to court with them, in which the matter for the day would be scheduled, after which, we would have to report to the office and read up on the matters scheduled to take place on future dates.
However, on the first day, DGM just gave me one file regarding one of there matters and made me comfortable with the surroundings of the office. At first very few of the duties communicated to me, actually materialized during the internship as sir does not appreciate interns having access to the briefs, reading of which was our last resort in order to find something constructive to do at the internship.
- Preparing arguments and submissions to be made before the court and finding case laws to back the same.
- Attended the proceedings in all the District Courts of Delhi, The High Court and The State Consumer Forum but I mostly attended the proceedings of Delhi High Court.
- Learning arbitration procedure and proceedings in different disputes mostly in Land Acquisition.
- Learnt Basic Legal Drafting and prepared case briefs for various matters.
- Learnt the practical application of procedural law and learnt to file fresh petitions in courts.
Work culture at the organisation
This platform is very helpful to learn something new every day. Even one project, I learn and participate in as the fundamentals of law from beginning to end.
Management in DMRC at the depot is fine, every person is concerned about their respective work and the work culture is also pretty moderate. On special occasions, everyone in the office would be given a delicious treat straight from the office’s pantry.
Good things about the internship
- The overall internship experience was good, positive and recommendable. The plus point is that the firm is located at a prime location.
- The firm is well-known in the field of Land Acquisition in India and is proactive to participate in many awareness programmes along with the Government bodies to educate the public at large the benefits and current issues of the subject.
- The firm presents all the practical findings and cases and whereby, the supporting team and the interns are involved to prepare such case details.
I was under the DGM, Puneet Sir. He would personally cater out time from his busy schedule almost every evening to teach me the essential skills of legal drafting and guided me in many cases.
The internship required me to visit every court in Delhi, thereby giving hand on practical experience. The best thing is about that the office has a learning atmosphere and working with people have specializations.
Bad things about the internship
Working under such specialists in the field of law I couldn’t find a flaw.
Law is a jealous mistress!!!
My almost one-month internship is over, I feel I have really learned a lot.
- First of all, I became more familiar with the advocate.
- Secondly, I got acquainted with the functions and responsibilities of the advocate and, of course, got highly involved in the daily life of our Division. I didn’t just learn to do my daily tasks but also learn about drafting, as well as its weaknesses and the need for improvement.
On the other hand, I can’t say that this internship was challenging and I had to put a lot of hard work. A few weeks after the beginning I started hoping for a wider variety of assignments to keep myself busy and motivated.
What is more, I felt like my work did not matter that much and I could have put my potential to better use, but that’s just probably a matter of my ambitions. Despite the fact that this internship didn’t keep me as much interested as I wished, I admit that there still is quite a lot to learn.
Another thing of great value would be to get more familiar with arranging the documents. Being a part of such people would be a promising experience. In review, this internship has been a magnificent and rewarding experience.
I have been able to meet and network with so many advocates and people that I am sure will able to help me with opportunities in the future. One main thing I have learned through this internship is time management skills as well as self-motivation.
When I started did not think that I was able to go sit in an office for eight hours a day. Once I realized that what I had to do I organized my day and work so that I was not overlapping or wasting my time. I will continue to work hard and learn about advocacy skills.
Accommodation and communication
Reaching the DMRC’s Office can be easily done via Delhi Metro as the office building is at a walkable distance from Barakhamba Road Metro Station Gate number 3.