Name, College and Year
Amruta Vithal Kharade, Deccan Education Society’s Navalmal Firodia Law College, Pune-2018
Name of Organisation, Location, city
Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission, Opposite CST, Mumbai.
Application Process with Contact details
Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission conducts internship-cum-training programme twice during the academic year. The Summer and Winter internship programme are conducted in the month of June and December respectively.
You can call them to know the procedure for registration and when the due applications will be open for the coming programme. Or you can to post them the application letter, recommendation letter from college and your CV, a month prior of the internship
Duration of Internship and Timings
The programme begun on 4th June and ended on 30th June. Timings were from 10.30am to 4.30pm. However, timings were flexible made at due request and at the assertion of the Internship-Incharge-Personnel.
First impression, First day formalities, Infrastructure etc.
On the first day, the legal assistants of the Commission introduced us to Mr. Ravishankar Sir who was the main Internship-incharge-personel. Sir briefly guided us and discussed with us about the origin, functioning, powers of the commission and international conventions for human rights.
After we registered ourselves, we were given our internship bag which contained the study material, notebook and our respective interns’ badges. Later, Sir also arranged meeting with the eminent members, secretary, head of investigation team (Inspector General) and registrar of the honorable commission at length.
It was a great learning experience to understand various aspects of Human Rights and its violation. The commission gave the interns the scrutiny work, the opportunity to talk to the aggrieved parties, attend the Human rights Court and research accordingly at the instructions of the Judges. During first half of the training day, we were asked to see the proceedings of the court or do the scrutiny work.
In the courtrooms, the respected judges and members of the commission would discuss with us the contentions about the cases, relevant case laws, opinions, legal statues, terminologies, scope of human rights, opinion on the order to be passed or can be passed etc. The court was encountered with varied forms of cases. Hence we got numerous opportunities to discuss numerous cases under multiple statues and issues.
In the second half of the days, Mr Ravishankar Sir arranged equal number of eminent speakers to the number of working days. Hence, on every single day we were given an opportunity to hear experts on multifarious subjects as well as to deliberate and discuss with them. Few of the topics of discussion were:
- Child and Human rights
- Aids and Human Rights
- Legal framework for protection of the tribals in India
- Statelessness vis-a-vis Human rights
- Victim Psychology and Human rights
- Human rights violation in Balochistan
- Human Rights and Mass Media
- Trafficking in Women and Child
- Right to Information and Human Rights violation
- Rights of mentally challenged etc.
Few days were reserved to field visits such as Police Station, Central Jail in Thane, Juveniles and Child Prevention and Care Home at Dongri to observe their functioning as well to notice if there were any human rights issues faced by them. We were encouraged to take up their cases on suo moto basis. We also visited TISS campus at Deonar and a old age home in Jogeshwari.
A whatsapp group was made to give us a pre-planned schedule and to have a online forum for discussion.
At the end of the internship, we were asked to make PPT presentation on topic of any choice with respect to human rights. The presentation was presented before all the dignitaries of the commission.
People, Work environment and other Best Things
Though to the conventional idea about the lousy interest and interference of government employee in any assigned task, Mr. Ravishankar was a glaring exception to it. He took serious and unprecedented efforts to give us the best opportunities to learn, grow. and boost our confidence. He was the spine for the entire programme to be huge success.
The legal assistants were also very cooperative. The entire staff of the commission contributed to give us adequate environment.
The programme admitted around 30 students. The best part of the internship was that more number of interested and inquisitive peers incorporated multiple perspectives about different ideas and a good time to learn their virtues. It boosted ones thinking capacities and to push ourselves against our limitations.
Every morning and evening we were give tea and coffee as refreshments.
I made few good friends. It was sad departing them and other good people at the commission.
I stayed at home in Navi Mumbai. Hence, I travelled from Navi Mumbai to CST by local train.