Postgraduate Diploma inChild Rights Law(PGDCRL)


The PGDCRL draws from the rich decade-long insights gained by NLSIU’s Centre for Child and the Law. The pioneering research generated through its multidisciplinary integrated approach is reflected in its engagement in direct field action, lobbying, advocacy, policy research and teaching in the area of child rights law over the years.

This course is the only one of its kind in India, and will help build knowledge and a critical understanding of the child rights discourse and its implications in the Indian context. It has been provided continuously since 2008.

Programme Highlights:

  • Blends a theoretical awareness of international and domestic legislation and treaties governing child rights with practical applications and examples from the field.
  • Equips candidates with the skills required for advocacy and lobbying roles to promote access to justice, equality before the law, and the protection of the human rights of children.
  • Offers immense value to professionals engaged in Government Departments concerning children, NGOs, legal aid organisations, educational and research institutions, and others working with children and their interface with the law.
  • The programme is spread across one year and gives learners the flexibility to design their own learning pathway.


Course 1: Introduction to Law & Legal Systems

This paper introduces the student to legal thinking and reasoning, and to legal systems, with a particular focus on Indian law and the Indian legal system. Those students who are from a non-law background would find this course particularly helpful.

Course 2: Child Rights, Policy and Law: International and National Framework

This paper consists of the following modules:

Module I: Demographic profile of children in India
Module II: Understanding Child Rights – Best Interest Principle, Child Participation
Module III: International Law pertaining to Child Rights
Module IV: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
Module V: Constitutional Law in India
Module VI: National Policies and Plans of Action
Module VII: National and State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights
Module VIII: Rights Based Approach
Module IX: Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Course 3: Survival and Development Rights of Children

This paper consists of the following modules:

Module I: Policies, Programmes and Legislations related to Food and Nutrition
Module II: Policies, Programmes and Legislations related to Health
Module III: Policies, Programmes and Legislations related to Basic Education

Course 4: Rights of children to care and protection

This paper consists of the following modules:

Module I: Introduction to care and protection framework
Module II: Children in need of care and protection and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015 & the Juvenile Justice Model Rules, 2016
Module III: Legislative framework related to Child Abuse
Module IV: Laws relating to child trafficking
Module V: Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 and recent developments
Module VI: Child Labour- Act, State Policy and Action Plan
Module VII: Children in conflict with the law


Bhavin Patel

Bhavin Patel

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Neetu Sharma

Dr. Neetu Sharma

Research Fellow

Anuroopa Giliyal

Anuroopa Giliyal


For Indian Nationals

Regular Fees
Application fees Rs. 1,500
Admission fees Rs. 2,500
Course fees Rs. 16,000
Total fees Rs. 20,000


Printed study material Rs. 1,250


Other fees
Admission late fee Rs. 500
Examination fee Rs. 500 per paper
Examination late fee Rs. 300 per application
Continuation fee Rs. 2,500 per year
Extension fee Rs. 5,000 per year
Re-evaluation fees Rs. 800 per paper

For Foreign Nationals

Regular fees
Application fees Rs. 1,500
Admission fees Rs. 2,500
Course fees Rs. 56,000
Total fees Rs. 60,000


Postage of printed study materials to address outside India
Courier Charges Rs. 5,000



Please note the following information regarding eligibility, deadlines for receiving your application, and the method of applying to this programme.


The minimum eligibility for applying for this programme is a graduate degree (in law or other field) from a recognized university.

Students with a degree certificate or its equivalent from any UGC-recognized university, Association of Indian Universities, CA, CS, ICWA, Open University/distance learning can apply. There shall be no restriction as to age,nationality, gender or employment status.

Deadline for receipt of applications

Applicants may submit their applications by September 15, 2021.

How to apply

Admissions for the academic year 2021-22 are closed.


These are some commonly asked questions about this programme. For general questions about the NLSIU Distance Progamme, please visit the General FAQs page.

Is there a time limit for completion of course?

P.G.Diplomas: Post Graduate Diploma is 1 year course. Every candidate admitted to the course shall pay the prescribed fees at the time of admission. If a candidate is required to continue the course beyond one academic year because of his/her non-fulfilment of the prescribed requirements for the award of the degree, he/she will be permitted to continue for the subsequent two academic years by paying a continuation fee as prescribed for each year (prevailing fee Rs.2,500/-).

After a period of three years if the candidate is not still able to clear the course s/he may be given an extension of another 2yrs by paying Rs.5,000/- per year for the subsequent two years as extension fee provided, s/he should have cleared 50% of the papers (out of the total number of theory papers prescribed)

At the end of the fifth academic year if the candidate fails to fulfil all the requirements for the award of the degree, the admission stands automatically cancelled.

What if the candidate does not complete the course in 3 years?

If the candidate does not pass or complete the course, his enrollment ceases. He will have to register afresh by following the usual procedures prescribed for first admission. His performance at the earlier exams is not carried forward. He will have to redo the entire academic exercise prescribed, in the syllabus.

What is Scheme of Examination?

Diploma candidates are expected to write 100 marks in-class examination for paper I to IV. Diploma students are expected to write a Dissertation on the suggested topic for Paper V. The Dissertation would carry 80 marks. Students are expected to take an oral exam-viva voce, which will be based on the Dissertation they write. The vive voce would carry 20 marks. Submission of Dissertation is one month before the examination.

What is dissertation and when should be the dissertation submitted?

Students are expected to write a Dissertation on their chosen topic (from the list of topics provided in the Hand Book). The Dissertation should approximately be of 25000 words, (or about 90-100 A4 size pages in double spaced typing). The Dissertation would carry 80 marks and a viva voce of 20 marks. Dissertation should be submitted along with the Examination form.

Dissertation can be submitted any time during the course of their study (1+2) for any of the annual/supplementary examination. As and when the candidate clears all the five papers the degree of diploma will be awarded.

Admission Status



1 Year

Number of Courses


Course Fee (Indian Nationals)

Rs. 20,000

Course Fee (Foreign Nationals)

Rs. 60,000