Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID
Aishwarya Himanshu Singh, Banasthali Vidyapith, IV year
Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength
NALSAR, Centre for Disability Studies, The team comprised of 9 law school interns, (which was supposed to be 10, but one had dropped just a day before the internship was supposed to start) the Centre head, Prof. Amita Dhanda, her assistant(Padma Ma’am) and a PhD scholar (Ms.Nishtha Singh) at the university.
Application Process with contact details
Email ID: [email protected] I’d applied in the month of April, 2016 and further details can be found from the Centre’s website.
I got the contact details from a friend of mine, who had interned there in 2015
Duration of internship and timings
There were two slots of ten students each.
I was in the first slot, and my internship started from 15th June’16, and extended till 15th July’16.
For the second slot, the internship started from 1st July’16, and extended till 30th July’16.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
My first impression of the Centre at Nalsar was that of a reputed research Centre headed by a renowned professor, Dr. Amita Dhanda.
It did not take me long to learn about the professor and her extensive work across the country in the field of disability rights.
The first day formalities included a conference room meeting headed by the professor, attended by all my fellow interns. It was an interactive session with the professor introducing herself and her colleagues and the work that the Centre had done till now.
The Centre provided for a list of 7 work assignments and the interns were allowed the freedom to choose their own assignment.
The topics were mostly research oriented and required extensive research along with the correct interpretation of the the topic provided for, by the Centre.
The topics weren’t restricted to disability rights but infact had a much broader scope in the field of human rights. The topics allotted were basically traces of research work which was to be presented in writing to the professor on the allotted deadline.
These submissions were to be collectively used by the professor in her own works towards the activity of the Centre.
Every topic provided for was distinct and very interesting.
Work environment and people
The work environment was highly productive. The place was surrounded with the charm of one of the best national law schools in India and the professor even though very busy, provided for constant feedback.
The Centre also allowed the interns to have access to the Nalsar library which provided for great assistance in our research.
The interns were never treated stringently as we were allowed to go to the library from the Centre room and work there whenever we needed to.
Although, the Centre did require a certain degree of discipline as you were supposed to report in the mornings and the evenings, necessarily.
The assistant to the professor, Mrs. V.S. Padma would keep a check on the interns and their needs on regular interactions on every working day.
The library provided for an excellent environment to complete your work and would also remain open until after dinner.
A PhD student who had done considerable work with the Centre would also be available to the interns at the library and would also take regular conference room sessions to catch up with the interns with regards to their work which was highly beneficial for the interns.
The best days of my internship were when Prof. Amita Dhanda would take classes for us interns to discuss, explain and make us understand the activities of the Centre and various concepts of human rights as it gave the interns to learn from a brilliant teacher and also clear our mind in relation to the work allotted to us by sharing our progress with the professor.
1. you learn to research, interpret correctly, write well, listen, and grow intellectually.
2. you gain a deep insight into the life of students and teachers from Nalsar, which provides for an excellent step toward understanding the world of law.
3. the campus is an architectural marvel, it has beautiful gardens, clean roads and ample space for any kind of sports activity.
4. living in the hostels, gives you a great opportunity to interact, learn and make friends with the students from Nalsar.
5. the weather, was mostly pleasant and it would rain quite often. But the mornings were always bright and colourful with the sound of waves clashing, from the nearby lake around the campus.
6. the snooker table, the basketball and badminton courts at the hostels were highly convenient and ensured a healthy lifestyle.
7. the library is highly equipped with an enormous collection of books, a research material and would provide for a perfect place to complete your work in peace.
8. the mess, provided for good food, with biryani being made on regular basis. Also, a bakery called ‘apples and oranges’ ensured you didn’t get too bored of the mess food.
Because the campus was very far off from the city, travelling was very expensive and also required too much time.
Prof. Dhanda told us that before you start researching, it is important to have a perspective of your own.
She actually taught us to be anti-CCP and reflect our perspective in our writings, rather than copying or paraphrasing others.
She also, asked us to love what we do, taught us to harass the teacher with questions and doubts, and told us to live life to the fullest, because YOLO.
The Centre provided for food and shared accommodation to the outstation students, for just INR 5000, for the entire month.
The room provided for was perfectly spacious with study tables, chairs, internet connectivity and of course beds.
The accommodation all in all was comfortable.
Although we could take short breaks, and visit the amma’s shop or shankar ka dhaba for a chai break & refreshment.