Postgraduate Diploma inConsumer Law & Practice(PGDCLP)


The PGDCLP provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of consumer laws and their application for consumers, businesses, professionals, and service providers. Graduates from the programme are equipped for roles requiring consumer dispute management and resolution, and advisory roles in areas related to business strategy, policy, and business liability. The PGDCLP has been provided continuously since 2011.

Programme Highlights:

  • Historical overview of the development of consumer law internationally, as well as in India, providing contextual expertise for those interfacing with consumers as business representatives, as well as for individuals and consumer organisations interfacing with businesses.
  • Builds expertise in areas such as service deficiencies and the rights of consumers in online transactions.
  • Includes studies of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitration, mediation, conciliation, and Lok Adalats that ensure graduates are able to put into application the knowledge and understanding they have developed in the programme.
  • 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: Development of Consumer Protection Law

This paper consists of the following Units:

Unit I               : Consumer Protection: Global Scenario

Unit II             : Evolution of Consumer Protection in Common Law System & India

Unit III            : Important Definition under CPA 2019

Unit IV            : Comparative Study of Consumer Protection Act, 1986 & 2019

Course 3: Product Liability and Service Providers’ Liability

This paper consists of the following Units:

Unit I               : Product Liability & Service Providers Liability under CPA 2019

Unit II             : Legislation governing Product Safety Standards;

Unit III            : Legislation governing Service Providers Liability

Unit IV            : E-Consumer Protection & Advertisement

Course 4: Regulatory Authorities, Mediation & Drafting

This paper consists of the following Units:

Unit I               : Regulatory Authorities & Ombudsman

Unit II             : Enforcement & Execution of Orders

Unit III            : Mediation, Conciliation, Lok Adalat & NCH

Unit IV            : Pleading, Drafting and Conveyancing


Dr. Ashok R. Patil

Dr. Ashok R. Patil

Professor, Chair of Consumer Law and Practice

Avantik Tamta

Avantik Tamta

Visiting Assistant Professor

Sahana Ramesh

Sahana Ramesh

Assistant Professor of Law


For Indian Nationals

Regular Fees
Application Fee Rs. 2,000
Admission Fee Rs. 3,000
Course Fee Rs. 22,300
Examination Fee Rs. 3,200
Total fees Rs. 30,500


Other fees
Admission late fee Rs. 500
Continuation fee Rs. 3,500 per year
Extension fee Rs. 6,000 per year
Re-evaluation fees Rs. 900 per paper

For Foreign Nationals

Regular fees
Application Fee Rs. 2,000
Admission Fee Rs. 3,000
Course Fee Rs. 56,000
Examination Fee Rs. 3,200
Total fees Rs. 64,200



Please note the following information regarding eligibility and the mode of applying for this programme.


The minimum eligibility for applying for this programme is a graduate degree (in law or other fields) 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.

Application Timeline

Applications can be filled out online at the URL:

The deadline for submission of applications to all our programmes is July 31, 2023.

For admission-related queries, please write to


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

How many years does a student have to complete a programme?

Students of the Diploma programmes can complete their programme in up to five years from the year of their enrolment.

Students are required to pay the prescribed fee at the time of admission. If a student has to continue the programme beyond one academic year because of non-fulfilment of the prescribed requirements for the award of the diploma, they will be permitted to continue for the subsequent two academic years by paying a continuation fee as prescribed for each year.

After a period of 3 years if the student is unable to clear the programme they may be given an extension of another 2 years by paying Rs. 5000 per year for the subsequent two years as extension fee,  provided they have cleared 2 out of the 4 courses in a Diploma programme. At the end of the fifth academic year, if the student is unable to complete the requirements for the award of the diploma, 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 the scheme of Assessment?

Every course shall have a combination of formative and summative assessments. This will aid in regular learning and understanding concepts better. Please note the following details regarding the upcoming assessments: Assessment Details:


Sl. No Assessment Type Assessment Pattern Marks Allotment Mode Enrollment Fee
1. Formative I MCQs 20 Marks Online INR. 200/-
2. Formative II MCQs 30 Marks Online INR. 200/-
3. Summative Subjective 50 Marks In-person INR. 300/-

What is Grading Mechanism?

To successfully complete a programme, a student must take all three assessments (Formative I + Formative II + Summative) and obtain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of three and above out of seven. An aggregate of your performance will count towards the final grade in each course.

Grade Grade Description Grade Point Percentage of Marks
O Meets the highest standards for the assignment or course 7 70% and above
A+ Meets very high standards for the assignment of course 6 65% to 69%
A Meets high standards for the assignment or course 5 60% to 64%
B+ Meets most of standards for the assignment or course 4 55% to 59%
B Meets basic standards for the assignment or course 3 50% to 54%
C+ While acceptable, falls short of meeting basic standards in several ways 2 45% to 49%
C Lowest passing grade 1 40% to 44%
F Failing, very poor performance 0 Less than 40%

Admission Status



1 Year

Number of Courses


Course Fee (Indian Nationals)

Rs. 30,500

Course Fee (Foreign Nationals)

Rs. 64,200