Internship Experience @ Madhya Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Bhopal: Survey and Field Visits

Your Name, College, Year of study:

Hitesh Valeja, 2nd Year ,Department of Legal Studies and Research, Barkatullah University, Bhopal (M.P.).

Name of Organization, Location of city:

Madhya Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Bhopal.

Application process with contact details:

I applied for internship with an application addressed to the Chairman of the Commission along with the recommendation letter issued by my college, Xerox of my college identity card and an ID proof.

I submitted my application in the inward-outward section after getting it attested from the personal assistant of the Chairman of the Commission.

Duration of internship and timings:

15th August – 30th September, 2018

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure:

On the first day, I was required to report at 11 a.m. , then I was explained about my internship. The internship basically revolved around field work i.e. performing surveys. I was asked to attend court proceedings whenever they commenced.

The commission is situated on 2nd floor of Narmada Bhawan.

The room of Chairman and of other dignitaries is on one side of the floor and administration related rooms are on the other side. There is no separate room for conduct of proceedings, the same takes place in the room of Chairman itself.

Usually, no outer person can observe the proceedings except interns. However, one can witness those proceedings after obtaining the permission from the Chairman, which is always granted.

Main tasks:

My main task was to conduct surveys relating to status of literacy among children in my city, specifically slum areas, and this began from the 2nd day and continued upto 40th day of the internship.

Daily, I visited a slum area and conducted surveys, the results of the same were to be written in Hindi.

The surveys involved some basic questions which were to be asked from each family, like the number of children in the family, whether they were enrolled in any school ( Government or Private was to be specifically mentioned), whether the child was addicted to drugs or gambling, whether the child was involved in any employment.

Some other questions were related to parents of the child like, what is their annual income, whether they were addicted to drugs or gambling etc.

The forms of the survey were not provided by commission.

The target assigned to me was to reach at least 100 families. This was the most difficult task as 75% of the families I approached were not interested in participating in the survey.

The results of the survey were amazing as 98% of children were taking education.There was no designated time of case proceedings.

They asked me to attend the proceedings only when they took place and the same will be informed to me by contacting me on phone. However, the proceedings didn’t took place even once during my whole period of internship so I was not able to witness them.

At the end, I was required to submit a report regarding the surveys conducted, the objective of conducting the survey, tools adopted, results, difficulties faced in conducting survey etc.

The report was to be written in either English or Hindi and the forms of survey were to be attached with the report, after which I was provided a certificate.

Work environment and people:

The staff was not at all cooperative as they simply directed me to approach before any other person whenever I approached before one, both during submission of application and report, just like what happens in a government office.

Best things:

It was great to interact with the people, some of them shared their problems too.

Bad things:

No such bad thing.

Stipend:

No stipend is provided.

Lessons learnt:

Even the economically backward class is also giving due importance to education which is commendable. It seems like the awareness programmes and various schemes brought by government are bearing its fruit.

Accommodation:

I reside in Bhopal so accommodation wasn’t a problem for me.

 

 

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