Your Name, College, Year of Study
Name: Vini Srivastava
2nd year (interned at UPHRC in my first-semester break)
College: Dr. Ram Manohar National Law University, Lucknow.
Name of Organisation, Location city
Uttar Pradesh Human Rights Commission, Lucknow
I sent my CV with a cover letter to their email id: [email protected]
They shall then call you for an interview at their office along with your C.V. and recommendation letter from your college.
Duration of internship and timings
1st December, 2015 – 30th December, 2015
Nobody keeps a track of your visits. You may come as per your need and sit and work in the library between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One need not worry about the interview. The panel will ask you very basic questions that may include questions from your subjects in college, some GK or if you are a first year, then maybe some questions from what you’ve studied in 10+2. Usually all students are selected.
Generally, they ask you to choose a topic from a list of about 90 topics. Occasionally, you may be deprived of this freedom of choice. The topic assigned to me was Violation of Human Rights of Jail Prisoners.
First impression, first day formalities
On The first day we had a meeting with the member and secretary, UPHRC in the conference hall. We had a brief discussion on human rights and the hon’ble Judge explained us the working of Human Rights Commission at the state and national level and also distributed booklets regarding the same. The member welcomed changes in our assigned topics if we wanted any.
He assured us of his help and proposed to buy some books for us if we needed any for our project. We were expected to submit our projects within a month and avoid plagiarism.
Our primary task was our project report. However, there were three additional events which added to our internship experience.
10th December Human Rights Day– We received an invitation through email to attend the human rights day celebrations. After the celebration, we had an interaction with the Chairman hon’ble Justice U.K. Dhaon. He shared some motivating incidents of his life and instilled a sense of curiosity in us. Owing to some of our topics pertaining to prisoners’ rights and illegal detention, he proposed our visit to the central jail.
Visit to the central jail– We were accompanied by the member judge and another member from UPHRC. The police staff there welcomed us and offered sweets. Thereafter, the deputy Jailor escorted us inside the Jail premises. We first went to the women ward where the women were already standing in a queue for us. We inquired some of them and noted their grievances.
Though we knew many couldn’t speak because firstly, we were aliens and secondly, they were not supposed to speak out everything when the warden was around them. There were 69 female prisoners out of which 62 were undertrials. Among other things, we saw the mess, crèche, library and hospital.
Every Thursday, an oral health checkup of prisoners took place and most interns from Sardar Patel Dental College would come. A psychiatrist also visited. We could only talk to a few male prisoners because the male ward was supposed to be dangerous! After the visit, we were offered snacks and tea.
We pointed out some irregularities to the Jailor like the prisoners’ handbook and he assured us of getting rid of the shortcomings soon.
The best thing about this Jail was that it was not overcrowded unlike so many jails in our country. We wrote a separate report on this and submitted to the commission.
Visit to the Police station and Modern Control room– It was thrilling to see the smart city surveillance (Drishti), CCTV project (Nazar- Ek Umeed) and drone cameras (aerial surveillance project) in the control room which had started just a year ago. On the other hand, the condition of the Gomti nagar Thana was deplorable and it had numerous grievances of its own.
Work environment and people
Everyone was very cooperative. For the above mentioned visits, the date and timings were set as per the convenience of the students. Even for the submission of project report, the deadline was made flexible for some students.
I suggest you can opt for such an internship in your first year. For those who do not want to go to their lieu de travail regularly, it’s actually kind of a “work from home” internship. You can also write a research paper on the topic assigned to you and utilize your one month.