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


Dr. Sairam Bhat

Dr. Sairam Bhat

Professor of Law

Jasmine Joseph

Jasmine Joseph

Assistant Professor of Law

Dr. Gayathri D Naik

Dr. Gayathri D Naik

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
Fees mentioned above are provisional and subject to ratification by the University Governing Bodies


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
Fees mentioned above are provisional and subject to ratification by the University Governing Bodies



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. 6,000/- 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
1. Formative I MCQs 20 Marks Online
2. Formative II MCQs 30 Marks Online
3. Summative Subjective 50 Marks In-person

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 or course 6 65% to 69.99%
A Meets high standards for the assignment or course 5 60% to 64.99%
B+ Meets most of standards for the assignment or course 4 55% to 59.99%
B Meets basic standards for the assignment or course 3 50% to 54.99%
C+ While acceptable, falls short of meeting basic standards in several ways 2 45% to 49.99%
C Lowest passing grade 1 40% to 44.99%
F Failing, very poor performance 0 Below 40%

Admission Status



1 Year

Number of Courses


Course Fee (Indian Nationals)

Rs. 30,500 (Fees mentioned is provisional and subject to ratification by the University Governing Bodies)

Course Fee (Foreign Nationals)

Rs. 64,200 (Fees mentioned is provisional and subject to ratification by the University Governing Bodies)