Internship Experience @ Punjab State Human Rights Comission, Chandigarh: Awesome Work Environment, Flexible Timings


Dev Pragya Verma,

University Institute of Legal Studies,

Panjab University (3rd year)

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings

Going for the first two weeks is compulsory and then a project is assigned which has to be completed and submitted to the commission by the end of the last week of the internship programme.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The building was just like how state offices are. But luckily the training room was on the third floor and a well-designed conference room was used for the interns. It had a huge conference table and nice office chairs.

Like every other intern, I was also excited on the very first day of internship and reached office about 20 minutes earlier than the given time. But to my surprise, almost all other 35 interns were already sitting in the conference room on the top floor of the office building.

At about 10:30, we were addressed by the Hon’ble member of the commission Mr. Baljinder Singh Thakur and he introduced the commission to us. Thereafter, he left and Mr. Rohit Chautrath took over and briefed us about the working of the commission.

The other staff members of the commission also introduced themselves and then the interns were asked to introduce themselves.

After the introduction, the real work started and we were given a questionnaire to fill up based on the introduction of the commission given by the Hon’ble member and the staff members.

The day ended with these introductory formalities. PSHRC’s office is a decent place and it is a building of four floors, all owned by the PSHRC.

The office is at a walking distance from Sector 35 which is sort of a food chains hub.

Main Tasks

The entire internship programme at the human rights commission was divided into three stages that were spread over a span of four weeks.

On the very first day we were handed over the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. We were then tested on our knowledge of the act.

The First stage of our internship was to segregate the complaints received by the commission into cognizable and non-cognizable complaints and then fill relevant forms for them.

In the Second stage we did case reading on which the member judges of the commission had given their judgments. The cases included custodial death cases as well.

The Third and the last stage was to research and submit a project report on a topic related to violation of human rights.

Work Environment, People

Work environment is awesome as everyone is eager to help you with your work. All the administrators are friendly and helpful.

Application procedure

The application procedure was very simple. The documents required were CV, ID card and a letter from the Head of the Department of College.

These were to be sent to

Duration in weeks. Days of work per week. Timings.

We had to go to office regularly for two weeks. Five days in a week.

The timings were 10 am to 4.30 pm.

However, the timings were flexible and subject to change according the work given. We had 50 minutes break time.

This entry has been submitted for the LexisNexis-Lawctopus Internship Experience Writing Competition 2015-2016. iPleaders is the learning partner for this competition.

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