A first of its kind internship programme has been launched by the Parliament on the lines of the US Senate internship programme to provide an opportunity to youth (21-28) to study the workings of the parliamentary system and provide an insight into the functional dynamics of the Indian Parliament. The internship programme also aims to impart requisite skills and knowledge to enable the interns to develop a proper perspective about the role of the Legislature, which in turn, would help them while working in their own chosen fields in the future. Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has taken the initiative. The Lok Sabha launched the programme in February.
The interns are to prepare a project report on a selected topic of parliamentary relevance in the nature of an impact study of important parliamentary initiatives and endeavours. The Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training of the Lok Sabha Secretariat are implementing the programme. Ajit Phadnis, a PGP – '07 student of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B), is one among the five candidates across the country that have been chosen to do the internship programme.