Ishpal Singh, University Five Year Law College, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 2nd Year
Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength
Urban Health Resource Centre, Agra (Uttar Pradesh). Basically, the head office is in Delhi but this NGO has currently 4 branches in different cities. They are as follows: 1. Delhi (head office) 2. Indore (MP) 3. Agra (UP) 4. Meerut (UP). I got an opportunity to work with a group of 3 members.
Application Process with contact details
Firstly, I had a telephonic conversation with the head of the organization (Dr. Siddharth Agrawal, Executive Director) who is a physician by training and has work in the fields of medicine, research and programming in public health.
After that I sent him the recommendation letter from college and the recommendation letter from the concerned faculty on his mail id for the application of this internship.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
On the first day, I met to my seniors in the office of NGO which is in the Shahganj area of Agra. Thereafter we went towards the colonies or bastis to meet the ordinary people and other BPL families.
We were there to list out their problems and accordingly file applications in the concerned department to solve them out. For example: sanitation and hygiene problems, opening of new Aanganwadi centres, etc.
There were 3 to 5 primary works which were done by UHRC organization. They are as follows:
1. At Basti level – the problems regarding the Bastis were figured out and to be solved accordingly.
2. At District or Zonal level – At this level the members used to discuss problems related to the whole district i.e. Agra.
3. At Union Level – Different areas merged into four major groups for the that Union level meeting. The work of that meeting is:
i. Obligation of UHRC NGO to collect the loan amount or its installments.
ii. Advancement of loans to the person who is in dire need of it.
iii. File applications in the government departments regarding the problems of different Bastis.
Work environment and people
According to me work environment is very good. Working environment of an organization depends upon person to person and from place to place but in my internship people co-operated me a lot so I hardly faced any problem to solve the issues.
I always wanted to know the problems of basic BPL people so that accordingly I may add some welfare for them.
I am a law student so the executive director of UHRC gave me the task to spread the knowledge regarding rule of law, i.e. every person is equal in eyes of law. So this was the best experience for me as in a way I was contributing in the welfare of the society.
Bad things involved the dominative nature of the village women which lead to conflict of mind and thoughts.
Also the gap between the two meetings was very long so a heap of problems was waiting for us.
The biggest lesson I ever had in my life is that to teach or to improve the state of mind of a BPL person or of very ordinary one is very difficult, because they do what they see!
Any Other Thing
One thing I learnt from this internship was that never hide your knowledge which is beneficial for the other person because support is always better than oppose. So, it is your duty to serve needy people to whom you should give your best. Don’t suppress them, it’s my personal contention please motivate them to live their life happily.
Since, Agra is the most active place for the awaited actions of NGOs. So, I completed my internship from Agra as Agra is also my parental home. No problem occurred in my accommodation and transportation because of the presence of my own vehicle.
The office timings were from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but it really depends upon the task as once you have completed your task you are free to go. Around 2 – 3 meetings were conducted every day.
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