Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Palak Goel, Institute of Law, Kurukshetra University, 3rd Year

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Haryana Human Right Commission, Chandigarh, I did the summer internship and there were about 5-6 fellow interns. The office is big enough.

Application Process with contact details

The application procedure is simple and easy and you get a reply within a day or two. There are only few seats so you need to apply little early.

Send in your details at Hhrc-hry@nic.in

You can even apply by walking in with your CV, ID card and a ‘No Objection Certificate’ by your institute. I applied over the email, though.

Address: Plot No. 1, Nirman Sadan, Sector 33A, Chandigarh, 160033

Duration of internship and timings

July 2016

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

My first impression of the commission was very informative.

We were guided meticulously about are jobs.

The ambiance was great.

On the first day, we were asked to mark our attendance and then each and every intern introduced themselves.

It was really great to know students from different law schools.

The infrastructure was also good and the best part was that the room was air conditioned.

Main tasks

Our main tasks were to read the complaints received by the commission.

After a thorough reading, we had to analyse whether the complaint was within our jurisdiction and according to that we had to put a form on the complaint.

Green form if the complaint was within our jurisdiction, pink form if the complaint is not in our jurisdiction and white form if the complaint is being received for the second time.

Apart from that, we had really informative debates, discussions on the current issues, case laws etc.

Work environment and people

Work environment was wonderful.

All the interns were very dedicated and hardworking.

The discussions were fun as well as knowledgeable.

The debates on the current events made us abreast about all the events happening around the world.

The staff was very affable and amiable and they helped us in a great way.

Best things

The common notion about the work environment of any Human Rights Commission is that it’s very liberal in structure, therefore, it is less work and more fun.

I say, you get what you seek. I found my internship experience to be quite enriching.

Not only I had a chance to read the provisions of the bare act (which I certainly wouldn’t have read otherwise), we were also given due opportunity to interact with Justice Virender Jain (former chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court.)

He told us about how he was moved by the very concept of human rights and his words are still crystal clear in my mind: “Do what you must! Money will come if you keep doing the right thing.”

If you take this internship lightly, it’s more of fun and less of learning. But if you actually want to learn, sit in sir’s cabin, talk to him for a while, and you’ll get a grasp of things much better.

My project topic allowed me to study in depth on various cases on human rights and sir encouraged me to talk to people who dealt with it.

Bad things

I didn’t find anything bad with the internship.

Stipend

None

Biggest Lessons

The biggest lesson was the knowledge of human rights.

It increased our awareness about human rights as a separate branch of law.

Also, it taught us their importance.

The commission is a great platform for those people whose human rights are being violated.

Any Other Thing

One must do internship at Human Rights Commission no matter of which state but one must do.

Accommodation

I commuted from my relatives house in Chandigarh itself, which meant that accommodation wasn’t a problem. Most of the people from our batch were Chandigarh residents, or had relatives in the city. Though there may have been PGs near the area.

Office Timings

It is mandatory that we go to their office for the first two weeks thereafter which, interns have to select a project topic to work on and is to be submitted by the end of last week of internship period.

Weekends are off. Normally, timings were from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm, but they were subject to change as per the quantum of work.

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