Internship Experience @ Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC), Bhopal: Human Rights Research Work

Name, College, Year

Stuti Srivastava, Dharmashastra National Law University, First Year, Second Semester

Organisation and address

Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) – Paryavas Bhawan, Block – 1, Jail Road, Arera Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462011

Duration of internship

21 Days

How you applied?

The take in strength for one internship program is 30 students and we have to apply by filling a form which asks for our name, address, qualifications, local guardian, etc and we also have to attach in writing why we are applying/ willing to intern at MPHRC, and send it either by post or in submitting in person.

The admission is on the first-come-first-serve basis until the strength reaches 30. Whoever applies earlier has higher chances to be in the first batch.

First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression

On our first day, we have to get our verification done before the librarian. Documents such as original recommendation letter, college id photocopy, and a copy of your application. He may also take a short interview by asking certain basic questions about Human Rights.

After our verification, we were given orientation by Research Officer who was also our supervisor during the internship. The infrastructure was beautiful as it is located in Paryawas Bhawan where all other offices function as well so the environment is safe and positive.

The MPHRC building is huge and spacious, especially where we used to sit ( the conference room) which had air conditioners all around. We were also handed a bare act of protection of human rights act 1993 and a book compiled by the members of the commission.

Main tasks

The internship program included the following:

  • Orientation Session
  • History of the emergence of the concept of Human Rights
  • Studying the importance of Human Rights in International Arena – Important laws, treaties, conventions, declarations and bodies.
  • Functions of the National Human Rights Commission and State Human Rights Commissions and the difference between them.
  • Laying emphasis on the Human rights of prisoners.
  • Study of different types of cases which have been dealt in by the Commission and analyzing them.
  • Analyzing historical and landmark judgments of Hon’ble High Courts and Hon’ble Supreme Court which have highlighted the importance and protection of Human Rights.
  • Interaction with learned personalities within the Commission.
  • Interaction with learned guest faculties which are invited by the Commission.
  • Learning the working of each department which has a role in the Commission and in its working.
Good things

The experience was immense and we learned a lot about human rights how a human rights commission functions.

We also learned about some of the loopholes in the human rights protection statue and I also researched on an individual level and came up with suggestions on what provisions of the Act need amendment.

Bad things

We were made to stay till 5:30 PM Strictly and we were not taken to any field trips as they changed their internship program policies.

Stipend

No stipend

Accommodation

Stayed at a girls hostel in MP Nagar Zone II as its very near Parwayas Bhawan and MP Nagar is a prime location.

We commuted everyday in autorickshaw which we hired for a month which would come to pick us up everyday at 9:50 AM and we reached till 10 AM and it would also drop us back.

Anything else, what you did to chill out, lessons learnt etc

DB mall is on a walking distance from MPHRC so whenever we got the time we would go there and chill. Also, Shaurya Smarak is very near in a walking distance and we would go there too.

I will also drop certain suggestions that you should ask more and more questions and get your doubts clarified because they sometimes don’t tell or teach you by themselves but you have to go and ask them because it will be very beneficial for you in the future and you should know what are human rights and how does this commission function.

You also have to submit a 21-day report so maintain a diary where you write everyday progress and whatever case files you read, try to analyse different kinds of recommendations given by the commission in different situations and also write them in short along with the case name and number.

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