Staff Achievements


Raja Bagga (Prison Reforms team, 2013-18) has received the prestigious Chevening Scholarship to study Criminal Justice Policy (MSc) at the London School of Economics. "The course fits perfectly with my five years of prison reform work at CHRI. I intend to hone the legal research skills I developed at CHRI, during the course," says Raja, whose presence has added heft, depth and good cheer to his team, especially with his magnum opus on Legal Aid across India that should be released in the next months.

Chevening is the UK government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.


Niriksha Sanghvi (Police Reforms team, 2017-18)  has been selected for the prestigious J N Tata Scholarship, 2018-19 which is given by the J N Tata Endowment for higher education of Indians.

Niriksha says: "I have received this scholarship for pursuing a one-year Advanced LLM in Public International Law, from Leiden Law School, Netherlands. I am going to focus my LLM on international criminal law, human rights and conflict-related laws". 

Congratulations, Niriksha. All the best from all of us.

About the scholarship: Established in 1892, the J. N. Endowment is a prestigious institution. It is a matter of pride to be called a 'J N Tata Scholar' and over the years J N Tata Scholars have distinguished themselves and have had outstanding achievements to their credit. 


Shikha Chhibbar (Program Officer, Access to information program) was nominated from India and participated successfully in the international seminar on "Foundations of Open Societies: Individual self-determination and tolerance" from 14-26 October 2018, at the International Academy for Leadership (IAF) in Gummersbach, Germany. This seminar was organised by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and covered the concept of "open society" and its relevance for liberal thought and policy. It emphasized on Liberal Democracy as an essential component of open society and the respective roles of rights and rule of law therein. 

"This seminar was a great learning experience for me and intense knowledge-sharing discussions have contributed to my growth both at professional and personal level. I am grateful to FNF and IAF for giving me this wonderful opportunity to participate in such an interesting seminar," says Shikha. 

FNF believes in the capacity of each individual to be a leader in his or her field. FNF regularly nominates individuals from around the world to attend courses on leadership, liberty and skills enhancement at the International Academy for Leadership (IAF) in Gummersbach, Germany. Over the years, FNF has sent numerous young leaders from South Asia to the IAF, including journalists, civil society activists, academics, business leaders and politicians. Many of these have now achieved top positions in their domain.


Internship Account (Himani Raj Verma ) Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is an and London. The organization has different departments like- Access to Justice, Access to Information and International Advocacy. The applicant may choose one of the departments while applying for internship else, a department would be assigned to them after they are selected as interns at CHRI. During my internship at CHRI, I was assigned the Access to Information Team in which I was given reading material to enhance my knowledge about Right to Information Act, 2005. I was subsequently given the task to analyze and tabulate the decisions given by the Central Information Commission relating to RTI in the cases of Indian Navy and Indian Air Force from June 2017 to June 2018. The data would later be incorporated in an annual report published by CHRI. Mr. Venkatesh Nayak (Team head) also arranged for his interns to attend a conference relating to “Misuse of RTI” held at Employees’ Provident Fund Organization. While other interns are given various tasks relating to the department they are in, I was particularly very interested in the tasks given to me and enjoyed doing them with the company of my co-interns. I had a phenomenal experience at CHRI as I worked with great cointerns who kept the environment lively and positive and my coordinators and team head were very supportive and appreciative of my work. CHRI is definitely a place to intern if a person wants to strengthen their legal skills along with practically applying them closely working for human rights. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab, India BATCH OF 2021