Niti Manthan Summer School and Online Internship Program, 2020

Last date of registration: 2nd June 2020

Eligibility: A regular student of law, psychology, sociology, political science, medicine or IT is eligible to apply. The learning affinity and a spirit for constructive research is a sine-qua-non.

About the Summer School and online internships

After a successful venture last year, where Niti Manthan had 225 students from 26 law schools across India; and we undertook 11 research projects in the fields of intersection of law and other facets of society including politics, sociology, policy, psychology and philosophy, in 2020, we were looking forward to have a residential summer school in the month of June. Amidst this pandemic and lockdown, the plan seems difficult to execute. Nevertheless, the learning process shall continue, it has been decided that only the ‘residential’ criteria would undergo a change; the research projects and sessions would remain the same.

Niti Manthan Summer School and Online Internship Program, 2020 was designed to be in 2 phases. The first phase (Phase-I) of the Internship programme commenced from 27th April’2020 and was entirely a work-from-home initiative i.e. online internship. Phase-I received applications from over 1100 students from around 120+ law colleges across India. 76 students were selected from around 56 universities. Students went through a 2-step process for selection. Firstly, they were shortlisted on basis of their CVs and then a group discussion. The projects were allocated to the student based on her/his choice and the interview scores. Project leads reviewed the progress on daily basis through video conferencing. This phase mostly involved doctrinal research and shall continue till 29nd May 2020.

The second phase (Phase-II) of the program would commence from the second week of June 2020, i.e. 8th June 2020. This phase would involve doctrinal and empirical study and, psycho-legal activities. In phase-II, we have some research projects that are continuing from phase-I while we also have some new projects that would start afresh. New applicants can apply for projects in both the categories. Students from phase-I, who wish to continue e-internship in the 2nd phase, may be permitted to do so, after consultation with the project leads.

This shall be a non-paid research experience, with an aim to facilitate students with a quality access and research skills. The project leads, who are mostly practicing advocates, psychologists and scholars have engaged themselves for the project on pro-bono basis.

The research projects undertaken during Niti Manthan Summer School and Online Internship Program, 2020 would be under the following heads:

(Projects Continuing From Phase-I)

  1. Psychology and Mental Health of Legal Professionals

    Understanding the secondary and vicarious trauma which is experienced by the legal professionals. The mode of study would be doctrinal in the initial phase, and would subsequently involve series of interviews and workshops with the professionals. This understanding can be translated into something more tangible in terms of usage in practice. (Note: A student has to go through a separate interview by a practicing psychologist before being part of this project).

  2. Prison Reforms – Mental Health in Police Custody

    This Project will focus on rights of the arrested person, both during the police custody period i.e. in the police station, and during the judicial custody period i.e. in Jails. The area of focus would be centred on psychological impact of punishments and varied penal laws on prisoners and study the scope of reformation in furtherance of first time offenders. The empirical part of the project would primarily be in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. (Students with an experience in forensic psychology and/or criminal procedure will be preferred).

  3. IT laws, e-fraud and Cyber-Crimes (case study on personal sharing leak)

    In the first phase, the team prepared a handbook on the IT Laws and redressal mechanism. In the second phase, the focus would be on IT Laws related gambling. In this phase, the team will also focus on cyber terrorism aspect.

  4. Media, Technology and democracy

    Phase 1 of the project focused on the effect that media and technology have on the legislature, judiciary and the psyche of people. The 2nd Phase aims to conduct a comparative study on print regulations around the world and deeply analyse the domestic legislations and judicial pronouncement around media and its instrumentalities.

  5. Legal literacy project

    This project comprises of various activities intended to build public awareness in different sectors. The instruments for the same would be mobile application, website and social media, collaboration with High Schools and Law colleges across India (especially in non-metro areas). In the first phase, the team has worked in eight sectors, and in the second phase, apart from research work, the outreach work shall also be undertaken. (Preference will be given to a student who understands graphic designing, basic web designing and video editing).

  6. Infra accessibility for the Persons with Disability

    To analyse the ground reality of the differently abled in terms of employment, equal opportunities, infrastructure and social inclusion and acceptance in the society. Phase-II’s focus would be on sexual offences on women with disability.

(Projects starting afresh in Phase-II)

  1. Labour Law & Menstrual Health

    The main aim of this project is to see that how sensitive labour laws are related to the menstrual health of women at workplaces. What are the measures taken for the safety and hygiene of a female worker around India?

  2. Postulating policy and a systematic model for climate change laws in India

    Proposing a robust system for dealing with climate change in India by studying the present problems, traditional aspects via doctrinal and empirical means to come up with a new model focusing on climatology.

  3. An analysis of FDI Policies of India: insights W.R.T COVID-19

    The aim of the project is to study and critically analyse India’s FDI Policy for major spheres in view of the Current global COVID 19 pandemic and propose changes/amendments in the existing policy framework as the best response to the economic slowdown that is being faced by the country.

  4. Legal history and Criminal Procedure

    To analyse the historical evolution of the Criminal procedure in India. The establishment of Adalat system in 1772, Supreme Court in 1774, 1860 Criminal code and procedure, 1898 procedural code, law commission recommendations and criminal trials of historical relevance would be studied, while understanding the genesis of the present Criminal Procedure in India. The project will also try to understand the lacunae present in criminal proceedings in India regarding the powers given to magistrates. To work on suggesting different solutions to overcome the anomalies present in the proceedings.

  5. Research Study on Rights and Duties of Domestic Household and Migrant Workers

    The main objective of this project is to provide domestic and migrants workers with a manual in multiple languages. We aim to educate the heads and individuals about the rights, duties and remedies entitled to them under various laws.

  6. The Madcap - Left-Wing Extremists

    The aim of this project is to speculate the meaning of LWE and how it has evolved with the history, its modus operandi, manipulation through soft hegemony and national and international aspects of it.

  7. Intellectual Property Rights

    The aim of this project is to speculate the meaning of LWE and how it has evolved with the history, its modus operandi, manipulation through soft hegemony and national and international aspects of it.

  8. Learning law through Indic Parables

    India is a land of rich literature and folk-tales, and these tales often have a moral as well as legal connotation attached to them. This project will work on the Puranas, Panchtantra, Jataka and other folk parables and understand their legal notions from the specs of present times. The literature to be referred would be from Ancient Indian History till the advent of Shankaracharya i.e. 8th Century AD.

  9. E- Courts and Behavioural changes

    The impact of virtual court on the behavioural patterns of the counsels, judges and the litigants shall be analysed in this project. (psychology students are encouraged to apply in this)