Internship Experience at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Bengaluru: Research Work on Variety of Laws and Policies

Name, College and Year of Study

Jehosh Paul, 4th year, School of Law CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru.

Name of the Organisation

Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Kind of Organisation

The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy is an independent think-tank doing legal research to make better laws and improve governance for the public good. Vidhi is committed to producing legal research of the highest standard with the aim of informing public debate and contributing to improved governance.

Vidhi works with Ministries of the Government of India and State Governments, as well as other public institutions, providing research and drafting support at various stages of law-making. This work is conducted by the Public Law, and Corporate Law & Financial Regulation verticals. Vidhi’s work includes engagements with the Central Ministries of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Home Affairs, the Finance and Law Commissions of India, the State Governments of Delhi and Karnataka, and the Reserve Bank of India.

Duration of the internship

4 Weeks

Application Procedure

One has to apply through their website and fill the details in the google form HERE.

Main Tasks

The main tasks included researching on the various policies and laws that the government has drafted or requires consultation on the same for them to draft it.

I worked with Urban Development, Environmental law and Judicial Reforms verticals at Vidhi, Karnataka. It included the comparative policy analysis of the various laws across India on the same subject and then making a comprehensive documentary on the same and as well as making a comparison chart among them.

Since most of the work was done in association with the government and meant to be submitted directly to the Secretary level government officials, I would refrain from going into the specifics of the work done under each of the verticals.

Key Takeaways

  1. It was indeed a great experience to assist and work with one of the best legal minds in the Country.
  2. The office is situated at WeWork, and the infrastructure is beautiful.
  3. What makes the experience really worthwhile was not the fancy infrastructure but rather the Research Fellows and Senior Fellow. There are a lot of places where I have interned previously and I have seen excellent lawyers and public policy analysts but they are just that and nothing more. Whereas at Vidhi, they are not just an excellent bunch of lawyers and policy analysts but also compassionate human beings who genuinely care for the welfare of the society down to the last man standing in the line.
  4. One can observe and pick up plenty of mannerisms and etiquettes when it comes to communication and people management skills from Alok Sir (Senior Fellow) and Shashank (Research Fellow).
  5. Akhileshwari Ma’am is the head of interns and she is the star associate at Vidhi, Karnataka. Once she enters into the office, her witty humour and insights on policy matters lit up the office with a great level of energy and enthusiasm, that is something one might also consider pickup up through observation.
  6. The work done is legitimate policy-related work which has a real impact on the way human affairs are governed. Vidhi has a MoU with the government, hence, no work is ever going into vain.
  7. The workplace is actually chilled and there with no micromanagement being done. However, anyone who is passionate about policy issues would not like to miss out on the deadlines.

Stipend

Yes, the stipend will be provided.

Rating

10/10

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