Internship @ West Bengal Human Rights Commission WBHRC, Kolkata : Lazy Work Environ, Little Work, No Stipend

Name of the organisation. City

West Bengal Human Rights Commission, Kolkata

How big was the office? Team strength? Size of office

The size of the office was not too big not too small; there were elevators but only to used by the officers.

The employees were co-operative and helpful, especially the Deputy- Registrar, Mr. Pradip K.Ray who received us cordially on the first day of work.

He introduced us to the Chairman of the Commission J. Ashok K. Ganguly and the other two members.

The Commission is a body to make recommendation to West Bengal Government and basically gave recommendations to the government only if requested. The Commission does not have any power of implementation.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

They do not take more than 6-7 interns.

If they do not reply to your mail within two weeks, call them (contact number is there at their site).

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

21 days, from 10 am to 4 pm

Accommodation: how, where, how was it? 

Well, I stay in Kolkata, but they will not take responsibilities for your accomodation, the office is in Alipore (posh area) so accordingly manage your resources.

There is Ashutosh College about 20 minutes from WBHRC, so you would find PG facilities there.

First impression. First day, formalities etc. 

The Deputy- Registrar, Mr. Pradip K.Ray who received us cordially on the first day of work. He introduced us to the Chairman of the Commission J. Ashok K. Ganguly and the other two members, namely S.N Roy and N.C Sil.

Main tasks

We, practically had no work, just to had the recommendation files of the Commission and prepare a report.

I was writing a paper during that time, so I had to take permission from the Commission for that. However, two days of the week were looked forward to by everyone, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

You might think why, those are not even weekends! On those two days, we used to have the hearings of the cases which came for recommendation in the Commission.

The persons concerned, that is the petitioner and the respondent would mostly be a government official. The hearings would be interesting in the sense that you can actually see J. Ganguly in his witty best, as he used to screw the public official by saying stuff like, “You have to open your police-cap and then salute.” And we used to roar with laughter.

Before the hearings, that is on Mondays and Wednesdays we were given the matter of the cases that were scheduled to be heard the next day. You could actually feel how A Raja might have felt when J. Ganguly delivered the 2G Judgment.

Work environment, people

Lazy, it was an government organization, that too recommendatory.

Best things?

Hearings and the hearings. I used to yearn for Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Bad things?

Enough pros for WBHRC, now, coming to the cons, the other days were boring ( obviously studying files of recommendation cannot be the same feeling as you feel when you read Curtain) and moreover you not do get stipend (you do not do any work, so how can you expect to be paid salary!)

What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues colleagues

Well we were basically all first years, so there was a lot of fun.

We used to gorge on street food (phuchka, dosa etc. etc.). there are a lot of cheap fast food joints and you have the Alipore District court, where you get stuff like ghugni( typically Bengali cuisine).

Stipend/ month

No stipend

Anything else you’d like to tell 

When I interned World Human Rights Day was just around the corner, and so we were busy with the organization’s function that was to be held at the High Court Centenary Hall.

We got to meet personalities like Chittaatosh Mukherjee and Altamas Kabir. So, if you intern there try to intern during the December vacations.

Biggest lessons 

Primary lessons of interrogation, and how to question a person based on reason.

Disclaimer: Internship experiences are opinions shared by individual law students and tend to be personal and subjective in nature. The internship experiences shared on Lawctopus are NOT Lawctopus official views on the internship.

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