Internship Experience @ National Commission for Women (NCW), Delhi.
BY Sneha Singh, Chanakya National Law University, Patna
“NCW is basically a Government Commission but the way it resolves the problems through mediation, negotiation etc is remarkable………..”
Year of Study:
Chanakya National Law University, Patna [CNLU PATNA]
Organization Name, City:
National Commission for Women (NCW), Delhi
National Commission for women is a government organization constituted by the National Commission for Women Act, 1990. It deals with the problems faced by the women in our country and provides all forms of aids to them.
The present office of National Commission for Women is on rental basis and is situated at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, New Delhi. However the new building is being constructed where the office will be shifted soon.
The office is decent with a good ambience. The office is fully air conditioned and pleasant, which makes it quite suitable for working.
On the first floor there is a small conference hall, where all the meetings, conferences, etc. of NCW take place. The conference hall is well equipped with all the latest technologies. There is a library which is well equipped with good books, journals, magazines, etc. based basically on women. There is an IT department, which is basically there to look after all the online databases of the Commission. There are separate cabins of all the members of the NCW.
The rooms of members are well equipped with latest security technology. Only the authorized people through their finger prints can enter the rooms of the members. On the second floor all the various cells are there which work in respective areas.
As such there are no formalities on the first day. The interns are only required to submit their recommendation letters from the college and then can straightaway start working in their respective cells.
However, they may ask the interns to visit the library and read up the National Commission for Women Act, in order to know about NCW and the way it functions.
NCW is basically divided into 4 Cells.
- Non Residential Indian Cell (NRI Cell)
- Complaint & Investigation Cell (C&I Cell)
- Legal Cell
- Research Cell
Depending upon the CV, we are allotted cells. It is completely their discretionary power to allot us Cell. I was allotted C&I Cell.
Duration of the Internship:
21st December, 2015 to 10th January, 2016 (3 weeks)
9 a.m to 5 p.m
Main Task Work Profile:
The basic work of the C&I Cell is to directly interact with the aggrieved parties, listen to their complaints and then register them.
Interns are also allowed to directly converse with the complainants. By this the interns come to know about their problems and it is very much practical. This in turn helps a lot in gaining experience.
After registration of the complaints, the C&I cell is supposed to file a BTR, i.e., Brief Transmission Report, which includes the summary of the case and is directed to the authorities concerned in the case.
Work Environment at office:
Co-ordinators are very helpful and very friendly they will treat you as your junior and they also share their experience with you and you can ask any doubt no matter how small it is, you will get a lot of things to learn.
First day at organization:
There is nothing like that first impression remains for last for first day you will be assigned with no work, you are just suppose to sit in the library and asked to read reports and NCW act. When I walked inside the National Commission for Women I found many complainants were sitting and waiting for their turn. Good infrastructure. First day get it confirm your internship period by your cell coordinator. First you get NCW Manual to read.
Best Part of Internship:
The best thing about the place was that there was variety of work to do. I had a lot to learn and enjoy at the internship.
The working hours are perfect even for the outsiders and after working whole day they can go and chill out at the nearby places in the evening. As NCW is located at the center of the Capital, conveyance facility was available for nearly everywhere.
Moreover, Saturdays and Sundays off give us enough time to rest and celebrate weekends.
NCW does not have a policy of paying their interns. As far as I know, all the internships are unpaid.
This place may not provide us with stipends but the experience which it gives is literally awesome. Apply only if you have interest in learning new things and you want to work for the welfare of women. Hard work is acknowledged and there really is a lot to learn. By the end of the month, you will have learnt how to file BTRs, ATRs, arrangement of complaints, categorization of the cases, etc. I think 3-4 weeks is not much to pay for this experience.
Anything else you’d like to tell:
NCW is basically a Government Commission but the way it resolves the problems through mediation, negotiation etc is remarkable, and its efficiency is far better than most other Government organizations.
Dear Sneha Singh
Best of Luck for the Future.