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What I Learned In PRIA: Experiences of Interns

06 Apr 2018  --  06 Apr 2018

PRIA, New Delhi


It was a nice experience to listen to the learnings shared by three young interns from Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol and two interns from Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi

Ms. Sarmi Chakraborty,  Ms. Puja Chowdhury and Ms. Mili Das from Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol described their one month journey in PRIA -- their experience of working in the Knowledge Management Centre learning about PRIA’s work over 36 years through documents in the Library. They learnt new things about the current knowledge management and library system during this era of digital technology such as updating Libsys database and creating an annotated bibliography on different topics. They also got a chance to visit the field, and see how the theory they learn in the classroom plays out in the field.


Ms. Fiza Saghir and Ms. Aiman Khalid from Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University spent a longer duration internship at PRIA. Spread over 6 months, they came to office twice a week. During their internship they saw the practice of participatory research among domestic workers, undertook analytical work on RTI findings related to sexual harassment at workplace, and learnt advocacy and campaigning tools. They went back better informed of the roles of social workers. The heart-warming story of a domestic worker's struggle to overcome the odds taught them that while social workers cannot solve all problems, they can certainly empower those who are disadvantaged and marginalised, enabling them to take control of their own lives.



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  • PRIA facilitators listen, engage and explain at the level where participants understand and learn through many practical exercises. The best workshop on gender that our employees have attended

    Tsering Youdon
    Program Officer, Swedish Organisation for Individual Relief
    SOIR-IM, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  • Elected members & officials from Northern Province, Sri Lanka visited PRIA to learn about their exemplary work in developing citizen participation in governance and service delivery. JGU thanks PRIA.

    Prof. R. Sudarshan
    Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
    O.P. Jindal Global University
  • Undeniably good work done by PRIA. My visits to the communities they work with let me hear grassroots voices and stories...deeply rewarding for my personal growth, work and future research

    Loreen Regnander
    Intern, University of Victoria, Canada
  • PRIA has helped to build a large movement for citizens to use Panchayati Raj Institutions at the local level, to use their leadership, their voice, to bring about democracy from below

    Dr John Gaventa, Director of Research
    Institute of Development Studies
    Sussex, UK
  • Thank you PRIA -- for helping me gain the confidence to speak up. Today, I do not hesitate to speak with the sarpanch.

    Renu Joshi
    ASHA worker
    Hinglaz gali Anganwadi Centre, Siwana Block, Barmer, Rajasthan
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of being able to enroll myself in the course…this program has opened my eyes to possibilities for my life which were previously unconsidered

    Tripti Vinita Pal, Alumnus
    Appreciation course
  • I am a third party facilitator for three large institutions but I did not know half the things we have discussed in the Third Party Facilitator Training I attended organized by PRIA

    Joint Secretary of Lakshmi, an NGO
  • Participatory Approaches for Social Inclusion course was undoubtedly beneficial for my research work, providing a deep understanding of theoretical aspects and the applied side of participation

    Pallavi Mishra
    PhD Research Scholar
    Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • We learnt multi-stakeholder dialogue as a tool for advocacy from PRIA…it is a wonderful tool for organising people

    Ashok Kadam
  • I am an example of the Kishori Panchayat Programme which gave young girls the desire to do something, a reason to embrace life

    Kishori Panchayat Member