Name. College. Year of Study
Swati Goyal. O.P Jindal Global University, Sonepat, 2nd year
Name of the organization. City
Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC):Chandigarh
How big was the office? Team strength?
The office is build in a huge building with different floors co-coordinating differently and respectively, but the building looks quite old with new offices inside and a big conference room where we worked.
It is a really efficient categorization of work they have in the office and there are divisions for receiving letters, categorizing them, and finally the work to be done on those complaints.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
The application procedure is very simple. You send in an email with your CV to [email protected] which is the official site for PSHRC.
He will tell you the time within which you can expect to receive a call back and the reply is hardly ever tardy. Also if select they will ask you for certain formalities like passport size photo, college approval etc.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
Four weeks, six days a week. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, however time time fluctuates depending on the work. An hour long lunch break is given in the afternoon.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I stayed at my aunt’s place which was quite near to the office but many girls/boys were staying in PG’s which were also quite close to sec-34 A Chandigarh were the head office was situated.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
On the first day we were given bare acts on Human Rights act 1993, and were asked to read it for like one hour, and were to go through an open book test. Later we were introduced with the work we were expected to do by Rohit Chatrath sir who is system manager there.
We were introduced with the work done by PSHRC and their motives and agenda. then ere was a a casual, cursory introduction.among all the interns.
The internship work was divided among four weeks were we were allotted different tasks every week. in the first week we were to read all the complaints which we received from allover Punjab mostly written in Punjabi and Hindi and were to allocate and brief them on the official papers provided by them.
We were given some 30-40 files per group (consisted of 4-5 interns) which were to be done in a day. This work was done for one week. Second week: We were given the decided cases by the Members(retired judges) of PSHRC and were asked to read the whole file and locate the section and brief it to Rohit sir. We approx. read near about 3 files a day.
Third and fourth week: we were to submit a research paper in team on any topic of your interest or any other they provide you options with and submit them on the last day of your internship or even before if you wish like.
Also, in any problem we were free to consult and ask Rohit sir and his team, who always use to be with us in that conference room guiding us in every way possible.
Work environment, people
Both mornings and afternoons were same as we already in the morning had piles and bundles of file to work on.
The lunch hour is usually the time to socialize, though the friendly banter continues throughout the day.
The environment is very healthy, partially because the Manger himself is pretty chilled out and partially because most of the members in the team are very young, upbeat and spirited.
The seniors are very helpful people and if you are willing to learn, you should have no problem. But if you’re found slacking (Lord forbid), you’ve had it.
The female team members are constantly encouraged to report even the slightest misbehavior from anyone in the office and not to take any passes lying down.
There was a special session held to inform the female team members of the strict policy against sexual harassment. This is one of the reasons that the work environment is so conducive to women.
Working environment in every sense is perfect and lovable. You don’t need to run around for your certificate. A reminder one day before you leave is sufficient.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
The location was quite unimpressive, but we had small stalls near that place and mall not fully constructed but had KFC and cinema. Also just around the corner we had Dominos pizza.
Nothing much to eat and enjoy but we had an easy access to coffee and some sandwiches which were enough for all of us to stand upright in freezing cold of Chandigarh.
PSHRC does not have a policy of paying their interns as far as I know but I believe the stipend is competitive and is only given to interns in proportion to the hard work they put in.
Anything else you’d like to tell
Come to this place only if you find it in yourself to work hard and not whine about it. Hard work is acknowledged and there really is a lot to learn.
By the end of the month, you will have learnt how to frame letters, also read cases and bare acts and sections,draft consumer complaints, somewhat handle irrational people and know the Consumer Protection Act like the back of your hand.
PSHRC above everything is a platform where victim can raise their voice and get justice even without spending much of their money and time they would have done in courts.
Everyone in this place recognizes that at the end of the day it’s just a job. It’s great if you love your work and even better if you’d choose it above a night of dinner with your friends. But please, make sure that that’s what you want. Because, once the office hours are over, it could be the only thing you go home to.
Having a life outside work is encouraged and as long as you’re putting in effort into the tasks assigned, the seniors are remarkably considerate of your needs.