Let’s do Summer Internship

These days examinations in various Faculties and Centres of the University (JMI) are going on. Students are busy in putting their best in the exams.

The university has announced summer vacation from 16th May to 15th July, 2011. It would be a good experience if the students join some institutions/organisations and use their two-month long vacation in internship.

Internship generally refers to on-the-job training for white-collar jobs. It is mainly for college and university students.

Today, when there is a fierce competition in every field, the students are expected to be more that just book worm. It is widely accepted that hands on training in a particular field provides the best training for the students in shaping their career because nothing can compare to the shadowing the expertise of a seasoned professional and their individual skills.

There are numerous benefits of doing internship. It provides opportunities to students to gains practical experience and also to create a network of contacts.

It also helps the employers with educated students willing to learn and ready to work at low amount.

Most of the company today are willing to offer substantial amounts to the students as per their abilities and responsibilities.

However, internship may be paid or unpaid – it depends on the nature of job and the organisation. But in most of the fields like medical, engineering, law, media, finance, etc internships are paid. But there are some non-governmental organisations and think tank which usually do not pay.

There are a number of organisations which are inviting application from the willing students for internships.

Students can do internships in Media organisations, Public Relation Organisation, Travell and Tourism, Hotel and Restaurants, Business Houses. They can also intern with some automobile companies and learn skills on the spot. If the student is good at a language – he/she can also work as a creative writer in any organisation.

Students – willing not to intern – can also use their vacation in some creative works. They can enrol in some other short term courses which can help them in their career building. Students can also sharpen their communication skills. They can get enrolled in a private coaching nearby which can provide them apt environment to get familiarity with the language.

However, as education seems to be commercialised, some institution of Spoken English, in Jamia Nagar locality too, have turned professional. They seek an average of Rs. 2000-4000 for a 2-3 month course of Spoken English which is quite high for a student belonging to a middle class family – even when there is no certainty of fluency in the language after the course.

But the willing students should not get disenchanted.  Youth Empowerment Services (YES), a Gaffar Manzil, Jamia Nagar, based NGO, which has collaboration with the University Counselling and Guidance Centre, is running some Spoken English classes for the University students.

Duration of the course is 45 days, fee Rs. 300 – which includes study materials provided by the organisation. Students’ are interviewed before they are allowed to join the batch.

Some useful URL for internship.

www.internship.com, www.internsindia.com, www.indianinternship.com, www.duplacements.com

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When the pen stops writing!

Supreme Court notice (Mar 4) to Advani and other Sangh Parivar leaders, in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition, has once again brought them back to the limelight.
On Mar 5, almost all newspapers (at least their Delhi edition) carried related news; and hence, a good piece of article/editorial in national dailies was expected addressing the issue. But unfortunately all newspapers preferred other issues.

It is unreasonable to think why the pen of all the prominent journalists and columnists, who have ability and responsibility to write and advocate for the smooth functioning of a healthy democracy, stops writing when the accused fall to be heavy weight!

Our heads hang in shame whenever an unpleasant incident takes place in the serene environment. Not only because it brings the country a few steps back but also earns bad name globally. If we browse through the recent history we can find that some riots in the country have been so disastrous and infamous that hardly one will dare to visit the place; however, now it might be entirely calm and peaceful.

However, we have a fascinating history of Freedom of Expression and Speech. Our journalists have invariably, sometimes at their life’s stake, exposed scandals and black deeds and the black sheep around them. Only last year a series of major scams were exposed leading the accused to the bars. Now the noose is around them; this could not have been possible without the constant media focus.

On Mar 1, the Special Trial court in Godhra incident, awarded death sentence to 11 accused and life imprisonment to 20 others, while acquitting 63 others of their charges. The court termed the case as “rarest of the rare,” stressing that it deserved nothing less than death sentence. (The Asian Age, Mar 1).

Now if they had committed the crime, they deserve punishment and there should be no remorse as Islam strongly prohibits the killing of any person without lawful reasons.
The following statements from the Holy Quran demonstrate how strongly Islam prohibits murder:

“Whoever kills a believer intentionally, their reward will be Hell, to abide therein forever, and the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon them, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for them.” (Holy Quran, Chapter 4, Verse 93)

Now, the hapless, who got death sentences and life sentences, got justice and media coverage they deserved. But could the 63 others, who were acquitted after nine years in prison, delivered justice? What can compensate the social stigma, physical torture and financial loss they suffered for a role they had never played!

Most importantly no article in any prominent daily newspaper appeared advocating justice and compensation for the acquitted. This mystifying silence cannot be a good sign in the plural society.

Now, if the media professionals, journalists and columnists, along with others, keep an eye on the developments and keep advocating a spade a spade, fair judgement could be expected in all other cases in which justice is due.

Shafaque Alam is a Delhi based journalist. He can be reached at: shafaquealam@gmail.com

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Live-in Relations not OK

How a father will react if he comes to know that his daughter has been enjoying live-in relation with someone for years; she is pregnant and still not married! He might like to settle the matter marrying her with the man. For this he might seek legal assistance. But he is likely to fail as in a recent hearing on live-in relationship the Supreme Court of India observed that “if a man has a ‘keep’ whom he maintains financially and uses mainly for sexual purpose and/or as a servant, it would not in our opinion be a relationship in the nature of marriage.” The court has also drawn a few parameters defining marriage.
In western countries pregnancy may prevail outside the institution of marriage; and there should be little surprise, thanks to the lopsided development of materialism sans morality. This trend is gradually coming to our country. Last month sitar player Anushka Shankar married Joe Wright, a movie director, after being pregnant. The couple is reportedly expecting their first child in a few months. In a western country it may be a matter of joy but in a socio-cultural country like ours it is a big shame and great stigma.
It seems unreasonable that the Apex Court of the country draws a line virtually allowing young brat to indulge in anti-social and anti-religious activities which will surely bring down the moral values as live-in relations are against religious beliefs and social foundations.
Being well educated and liberal does not mean to breach all the social and religious boundaries of a cultured nation. If one goes by the observation of the court, one fails to understand the case of live-in relationship and cases of sexual assault. Such a sort of lenient observation will only cause steep rise in the number of molestation and rape cases. A number of such cases have already surfaced on the national scene. Many a time an upcoming model is reported to have spent night with some established movie actor and director for a small role in their film. And many young girls have been invariably sexually assaulted in the metro in different offices for a little promotion. Such scandals were exposed when the girls, to their utter chagrin, came to know that they were only used.
It would be much better if such black deeds are deemed an offence and the doers as offenders.
However, this observation is not going to affect half of the Indian population; the population residing in remote villages. They neither know the live-in relationship nor do they have access to TV, radio, newspapers or any other means of communication to get informed. Thanks to the rulers who kept them illiterate.
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Maoist, Corruption, and the Government

Dr. Binayak Sen’s life sentence for treason has once again initiated a debate on freedom of Human Rights and violation of the Rights. In legal terms, treason is the crime that covers some of the serious acts of betrayal of one’s sovereign nation. Hence, a citizen’s act meant to seriously injure the nation, falls under the wider ambit of treason.
Often such accusations are controversial and disputed as the line dividing the freedom of Human Rights and violation of Rights is overlooked – leading to the accusation and conviction for treason.
Earlier demands of such charges have been raised against writer and social activist Arundhati Roy and Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for their remarks on Kashmir – for supporting Kashmir in their speeches.
The prosecution court claimed that it has strong evidence proving that Sen was a courier for the Maoists. It says, “Binayak Sen met Narayan Sanyal in prison 33 times in 35 days (between May 26 – June 30, 2007) carrying out seditious letters, and passing them to Piyush Guha.
It is also claimed that when a sub-inspector was kidnapped, the Maoists sought the withdrawal of CRPF from Maoist areas in return for his release. So did the PUCL – of which Sen was the Vice President. To the prosecution this showed PUCL was a hiteshi sangathan or sympathetic front organisation of the Maoists.
Maoists have become the greatest internal threats for the security and integrity of the country – which the Prime Minister has severally indicated in his speeches. Today stern action against them amounts pressure on the government itself as it raises eyebrows of a battery of Maoist sympathisers – which include prominent social workers, writers, journalists and even some Nobel Laureates. Such reactions do not prop up merely to empathise with the accused for being a social worker, writer or journalist, but also to defy the dual policy of the government to deal with critical situations.
Last quarter of the year 2010 proved a season of big scams. Hardly any such charges were labelled against any political leader or Babus accused of siphoning off the huge sum of money. None of them was sentenced to life imprisonment, or is likely to be in the future. For example, former Telecom Minister A. Raja, even evading legal norms during dubious 2G licence awards – involving scam of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore; the Babus involved in the loot of Commonwealth Games – out of Rs 70000 crore spent on the Games, only half of amount was spent on Indian sportspersons; IPL scam exposing the real faces of Shashi Tharoor and Lalit Modi; and Aadarsh Scam and so on.
If we go a little back we can also recall the Chara Ghotala of Rs 900 crore exposing various political heavyweights including Lalu Prasad. There are so many scams and so many Babus involved in it which merit attention but all such cases are more often than not swept under the carpet – all because of the dual policies of the government.
If the government is really sincere in making the country free from fear, terror and corruption, it is necessary to adopt an all-out drive in every trouble area. It would be better if it initiates the drive from its own premises.
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