Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Puneet Kumar Arya, JIMS Engineering Management Techncial Campus, Affiliated to GGSIPU, Greater Noida, 1st Year

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Delhi

Application Process with contact details

I applied in the month of February for an internship in the month of June- July. The online application is preferred.

You can send your CV with a short cover letter to Mr.N.D Pancholi, President of P.U.C.L., Delhi. (Email ID – ndpancholi44@gmail.com).

Receiving a confirmation can take anywhere between 1- 2 weeks.

Also, just to be sure that they have taken cognizance of your application,? you can call at PUCL Office (Contact No. – 01122750014)

Duration of internship and timings

4th June, 2016 to 4th July, 2016

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

I had many expectations when I was on my way to the PUCL office.

I dressed up well in formals and was thinking to reach on time as punctuality is the first step towards success especially when you are into legal profession.

I and 14 more students of my college batch were also the part of same internship, so we all met outside the office and everyone’s expectations were shattered after seeing the office. Finally we got inside the office and everyone got a seat for themselves.

It was around 11.30 a mam entered the office and passed the register for registration and we filled it and submitted Rs. 1000 as registration and membership fee and got a receipt and also a PUCL Magazine.

After this the introduction session began and after that we began a discussion on civil rights, fundamental rights, human rights,how PUCL contributed to Human Rights, sikh riots,right to live with dignity,etc.

As we were discussing about the issues, now the time was 1.30 and the president of PUCL MR.N.D Pancholi arrived and we again began to continue the discussion on Consumer rights, pecuniary and territorial jurisdiction ,etc.

After the discussion we got to know the tomorrow’s schedule that we will be having a conference on the topic “Blue star operation” at Gandhi peace foundation, ITO.

And after this Pancholi sir dismissed the session and I left for the home.

Main tasks

PUCL authorities took effective care about the exposure to be given to the interns. For the better understanding of legality of work, there were many seminars and workshop organized for us within the office itself. The seminars focused on subjects like “History of Communal violence from British time”.

Apart from the seminars, there were lectures given to us by various eminent professionals like Shri Venkatesh Naik, Coomonwealth Human Rights Network, on ‘Right to Information’,

Lectures and seminars were followed by various group discussions and debates on topics like

• “human rights violations”

• “Sedition” in the context of JNU controversy

• “Anti-Emergency Day”

PUCL authorities not only took initiative of making this internship helpful and professional but also fun and interactive. There were various field trips and visits organized for us.

We were made into various groups and were directed to go to places like Jantar Mantar, and the objective of these visits was to focus on the protests and the demand of the protesters followed by their socio-economic rights. Our group met the protesters for One Rank, One Pension. We were asked to prepare reports for same.

Apart from this, there was another research activity given to us in which we were asked to interview 50 to 60 respondents in a shelter home allotted to each group of 4 to 5 interns, I and my group visited to PRAYAS, Shelter Home for Boys, Jahangirpuri and submit those questionnaire along with our own understanding of issues relating to shelter homes.

I presented various presentations in the office regarding the same reports and research topics given to me. As the courts remained close in the month of June due to Summer Holidays, we were not able to attend court hearings but Mr. ND Pancholi Sir asked us to come to Karkardooma Court as soon as the court holidays got over and also got a chance to visit Delhi High Court.

Internships are great ways to gain experience and make connections.

Work environment and people

The co- interns were friendly,interactive and professional at the same time. The authority members were kind and soft spoken while directing work to the interns. Also Mr. N.D. Pancholi is a truly amazing person and you’ll get to learn a lot from him.

Best things

Innternships are incredibly valuable to one’s future and this experience made me realize how lucky I am to have an internship with such a reputed organization. Not only did this opportunity allow me to gain exposure to the legal profession and acquire experience in the field.

Mr. ND Pancholi is a kind and polite person, it was a great learning experience working under him. He is a senior advocate with no attitude or ego problems and he is always read to teach and guide interns.

Best place to intern for 1st year students.

Bad things

Yes there were some bad things too:

1. Firstly the office was too small it could nearly accommodate 20 people.

2. Not much work, mostly report writing or presentations .

3. Less field visits, court visits as it was summer holidays in the court.

Stipend

No stipend

Biggest Lessons

Lessons which I would like to share:

1. Participation – Participate in each seminar, conference, discussion don’t be shy or afraid from speaking in public. As there is no strictness at PUCL dont’t be lazy, sitting at home and not attending any conference

2. Have confidence in yourself and take actively part in presentations.

3. Be Patient – You need to be patient as there will be days when you will have no work to do and sit idle. Be tolerant and put your 100% in each task.

Any Other Thing

For the first few days of our internship at PUCL we all got lunched packed in tiffins from homes and all of us interns would sit together and share the food and in the evening we used to go to food stalls and eat fast food

Overall Rating

8

Accommodation

I had a stay at my relative’s home but there are a lot of good PGs nearby at an affordable rate.( Rs.5000 to Rs 6500,with AC, and for food you can contact nearby tiffin services which will serve you with good food at cost of only Rs.60)

Office Timings

The office timings were 11 am to 5 pm

6 days a week. Monday – Holiday

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