Internship @ MPHRC Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission : Less Work, Warm People, No Stipend

Name. College. Year of study. Email ID

Aishwarya Dhakarey, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, 1st year

Name of the organisation. City. Office Address. How was the office? Team strength.

Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission, Bhopal
Paryavas Bhawan, Jail road, Bhopal

Well furnished and spacious building. Also, a huge library.

During my internship, I got to interact with only 7concerned officials but there are many who have their respective departments.

Duration of internship

4 weeks, May 2013 to June 2013

Application procedure? Internship Contact Details

You can go in person and meet the Deputy Secretary.

He’ll see your application, recommendation letter and CV. He, then, will direct you to meet the librarian for filling up the form. Don’t forget to take the xerox of your college ID.

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

4 weeks, May to June. 6 days a week (2nd and 3rd Saturdays off).

10:30 am to 2 pm, but it’s pretty flexible.

Even if you leave early or stay for long, they won’t have any problem.

First impression, first day, formalities

I was asked to fill up the form and later on, was handed over the bare act of The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.

After going through the act, I met Mr Kanwar who discussed with me the ramifications and the wide scope of human rights in light of the said act.

Moreover, I was asked to enlist a few Human Rights topics on which I would like to work. He then chose one out of the ones enlisted and assigned me a topic. He emphasizes on the need to carry out the field work and collect primary data, which is why I was impressed.

Main tasks

Apart from the field work, survey and field visits, one can observe the court proceedings, read judgments (but that’s basically in Hindi), sit in the library to read extensively on human rights and yes, the very much needed report submission.

Work environment, people

They are not strict about the timings, nor they nag you to attend the office daily. A very friendly working ambience, people are good too.

Another thing is you get to meet a lot of students from other college.

That makes your task very easy and the eventual discussions just make it all the more a new experience.

The best things AND the bad things

The best things : the environment, the library, the co-interns and the wi- fi enabled office!

The bad things

They themselves won’t teach you anything. However, if you approach them they’ll guide you. Don’t expect loads of work. You don’t get to learn everyday, which is a drawback in itself.

And if you are a foodie, it’s a bad bad place. There’s an adjacent shop but that’s seriously pathetic.



Accommodation etc. What did you to do chill in and around the office and the place of stay?

I stayed at my aunt’s place. But those who are new to Bhopal can find many hostels and PGs in the nearby areas viz. Arera Colony, M.P. Nagar, etc. There are city and star buses running which are safe and economically feasible but commuting by auto rickshaws is not a good choice unless you have deep pockets.

You can go to DB city mall which is very near, in walking distance of half a kilometre. And believe me, if you have spare time while interning, this is the best refuge!

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