Postgraduate Diploma inEnvironmental Law(PGDEL)


The PGDEL has been provided continuously since 2000. It provides expertise in the law relating to the environment and the ecological, socio-economic, scientific and administrative issues that inform its application.

The PGDEL is tailored to aid the knowledge and career progression of lawyers, activists, academics, adjudicators, researchers and administrators interested in building a more ecologically and socially conscious milieu.

Programme Highlights:

  • The first of its kind in India, this programme introduces learners to domestic, international, and local environmental laws, their limitations and application, as well as current innovations in environmental conservation, renewable energy, and climate change.
  • Aids in building a critical awareness about the legislative and judicial aspects of Water, Air and Waste Management in India.
  • Tailored to build the capacity of environmental professionals, activists, green-law enthusiasts, professionals from pollution control boards, R&D organisations and construction companies.
  • 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: Philosophy, Principles, Environmental Justice and Pollution Control

The paper consists of the following modules:

Module I: Introduction
Module II: Right To Environment – A Basic Human Right: A Constitutional Law Perspective
Module III: Environmental Principles of Governance
Module IV: Traditional, Common and Criminal Law Remedies for Environmental Protection
Module V: Environmental Justice: Role & Policy
Module VI: Water Pollution and Control Laws
Module VII: Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981
Module VIII: Law Relating To Waste Management

Course 3: International Environmental Law

The paper consists of the following modules:

Module I: Customary International Law and Environmental Summits
Module II: Common Heritage: Oceans and Seas
Module III: Biodiversity and Species Conservation
Module IV: Eco System and Conservation
Module V: Common Concerns: Ozone and Climate Change
Module VI: Trade and Waste Management Regime
Module VII: International Principles for Conservation and Protection of Environment
Module VIII: International Legal Developments on Sharing Natural Resources, Environmental Ability Regime and Environmental Conflict Resolution

Course 4: Natural Resource Management Law & Environment and Development

The paper consists of the following modules:

Module I: Common Property Resources and the Law (Including Watersheds)
Module II: Environmental Safeguards Relating to Development
Module III: Forest Management & Conservation: Law & Policy
Module IV: Law Relating to Wildlife: Strategy & Protection
Module V: Law Relating To Biodiversity and Its Interface with Intellectual Property Rights
Module VI: Land Conservation and Management
Module VII: Law Relating To Forest Management in India
Module VIII: Environmental Decision Making Process in India


Bhavin Patel

Bhavin Patel

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Sairam Bhat

Dr. Sairam Bhat

Professor of Law

Madhubanti Sadhya

Madhubanti Sadhya

Teaching Associate


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