2-YEAR M.A. (SPACE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW)

(Applicable from the batch admitted from the academic year 2021 – 2022)

About the Programme

Telecommunications is an infrastructure in which rapid technological advance has been occurring and the risk of obsolesce is comparatively higher than other infrastructural sectors. Telecommunications is also one of the few infrastructure sectors, where facility is never really completed as the telecommunications network that is established has to be either constantly expanded to achieve higher consumer penetration or has to be constantly upgraded to allow the network to provide the latest services possible. This growth and need in the industry demands skilled experts with superlative Legal knowledge.

The increasing number of Countries involved in space activities has emphasized the need for effective laws and policies on space activities not just on an international level, but also on the national level. The successful operation of space law, policies and institutions in a country relies on the presence of suitable professionals. With the more innovation in technology and need for new and advanced techniques require the blend of various skills to succeed in the Field.

The combination of Telecommunication and Space Law is such a unique blend which enables one to meet the needs of rapidly expanding industry. To meet the need and to enable the research and study in Space and Telecommunications Law, NALSAR University of Law through its Centre for Aerospace and Defence Laws (CADL), had initiated to offer Course in this area. Through this programme NALSAR University seeks to address the need and promotion of legal shortcomings in the space and telecommunications Laws.

This idiosyncratic Course enables the learner to gain an understanding in both Space and Telecommunications Law. The curriculum of the programme includes the General Principles of Law, International Space Law, telecommunication Laws both International and national, Technology and its relation to Space and Telecommunications, IPR Issues in Space and Telecommunication technology, commercialization and issues relating to the Cyberspace and security threats, laws relating to remote sensing and geospatial data and also contemporary issues in space and telecommunication sector. This amalgamation of the subjects enables a non-legal person to understand the laws and a non-technical person know the technicality.

This programme is suitable for those interested in the legal, space and telecommunication industry. One can make career prospects in the ministry or a space or telecommunication agency if he/she wishes to work for the government. One can also work with the space or telecommunication industry in a commercial space or telecommunication company or at a law firm which specializes in space or telecommunication law. If one prefers academia, working at a university or a research institute is also a good option.

Eligibility

a. Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent Degree in any discipline from any recognized University; or

b. Candidates appearing for the final year examination of Graduation / Engineering are also eligible to apply.

Admission Procedure

Direct Admission subject to fulfilment of the eligibility criteria.

Duration, Continuation and Termination

The duration of the programme is two years and the maximum period for completion of the programme is four years including the year of admission.

Every candidate admitted to the course shall pay the prescribed fees for the first year at the time of admission and the fee for the second year shall be paid at the beginning of the third semester. If a candidate is required to continue the course beyond the minimum duration because of his/her non-fulfillment of the prescribed requirements for the award of the M.A. Degree, he/she shall pay the Continuation Fee, as prescribed to continue their course after the minimum period.

The marks secured in the papers already appeared by the candidate shall be carried forward during the span of the eligibility for the programme.

After completion of the maximum period, if the candidate fails to fulfill all the requirements for the award of the M.A. Degree, the admission stands automatically cancelled. In such cases they need to enrol afresh for the programme.

Fee Structure :

Course fee:

  • Rs. 40,000/- p.a. (5% fee concession to the candidates belonging to SC / ST / PWD Category)
  • Repeat examination / Supplementary Examination fee : Rs.500/- per paper
  • Continuation fee beyond the minimum duration of the course till the maximum period : Rs.5,000/- p.a.
  • Re-evaluation Fee : Rs. 1,000/- per paper
  • Boarding & Lodging charges at campus (subject to availability) during classes / exam will be extra as per the University Rules.
  • Convocation fee will be charged separately as per the University Rules.

Note: If a candidate fails to submit the projects / assignments / case studies for the subjects offered in the relevant semester, then the candidate should pay the applicable repeat examination fee per subject for submission of the project / assignment / case study at a later date.

Note: The University reserves the right to revise the Fee structure from time to time.

Course Structure

Subject Code Subject Marks Credits
SEMESTER - I
1.1.1 General Principles of Law  100 5
1.1.2 Space Technology and Law  100 5
1.1.3 International Space Law  100 5
1.1.4 Space Commercialization and Legal Issues  100 5
SEMESTER - II
1.2.5 International Telecommunication Laws  100 5
1.2.6 Space Technology, Telecommunications and IPRs Issues 100 5
1.2.7 Information Technology and Cyber Laws  100 5
1.2.8 Space Security: Laws and Policies  100 5
SEMESTER - III
2.3.9 Telecommunication Laws in India  100 5
2.3.10 Law of Remote Sensing and Geospatial Data 100 5
2.3.11 Trade Laws relating to Space and Telecommunications 100 5
2.3.12 Space Law and Contemporary Issues 100 5
SEMESTER - IV
2.4.13 Dissertation

(written: 150 marks + viva: 50 marks)

200 6
Conduct of the programme

The Master’s Programme will have four semesters. Each Semester will have Personal Contact Programme (PCP) sessions by the subject experts, followed by Online session where participants will work on the research projects / assignments / case studies and upload them on the dedicated web platform / submit them by email. The candidates can contact / communicate through email with the subject experts for queries, if any, on the concerned subject. Relevant course material will be uploaded on the website and can be accessed through their login id. The Self Learning Materials (Reading Materials) printed copies will be sent to the enrolled candidates.

PCP sessions will be conducted for seven days in the First, Second and Third Semester at Hyderabad by the subject experts. Suggested reference guidance would be provided at the contact sessions. Each subject shall consist of 15 teaching hours. The recorded videos of the classes will be uploaded on the dedicated website. Attendance at the PCP is compulsory and the candidate should have atleast 75% attendance in the PCP to appear for the end semester examination. The learners are also expected to put in at least 30 hours of study for each credit.

Case study analysis / project / assignments will be part of the concerned subjects and will be discussed in onsite / online sessions. There will be one project / assignment / case study for each course. In total, a candidate must complete twelve projects /assignments / case studies by the end of the programme.

The website will be the main delivery system in terms of updating information on the subject. The access to the website will be deactivated after the completion of the minimum duration and will be revived on the payment of the continuation fee.

Academic Calendar (Tentative)

Admission Process From February to June every year

SEMESTER I & III

S.NO. Name of the Activity Tentative Months
    From To
1 Distribution of course material July August
2 Personal Contact Programme September October
3 Submission of Assignments/projects/case study September November
4 Examinations November December
5 Declaration of Results January February
6 Repeat Examinations February March

SEMESTER II & IV

S.NO. Name of the Activity Tentative Months
    From To
1 Distribution of course material January February
2 Personal Contact Programme February March
3 Submission of Assignments/projects/case study
(Submission of Dissertation in case of IV Semester)
February
April
April
May
4 Examinations
(Viva Voce Examination in case of IV Semester)
May June
5 Declaration of Results July August
6 Repeat Examinations August September
Evaluation Scheme & Award of M.A. Degree

Each paper shall carry 100 marks. The distribution of marks shall be as follows:

Assignment(s) / Project / Case Study: 30 Marks
End Semister Examination : 70 Marks
Dissertation (200 Marks)
Written Report :
150 Marks
Viva-Voce Examination : 50 Marks

NOTE: No candidate will be permitted to appear for the End Semester Examination unless he / she has attended 75% in the programme specific Personal Contact Programme.

Awards of Grades

The performance of all the candidates in all subjects shall be evaluated on a 10 point scale with corresponding grade values as mentioned below:

Percentage of Marks Grade Grade Value
90 and above O+ (Exceptionally Outstanding) 10
85 – 89 O (Outstanding) 9
80 – 84 E+ 8.5
75 – 79 E (Excellent) 8
70-74 A++ 7.5
65-69 A+ 7
60-64 A 6.5
55-59 B+ 6
50-54 B (Pass) 5.5
Below 50 F(Fail) 0

The result will be declared as ‘W-withheld’ for all the candidates who appear for the examination and fail to submit the projects / assignments / case studies. Even if a candidate secures the minimum required marks, i.e, 50 in the end semester examination and fails to submit projects/assignments/case studies, the result will be declared as ‘W-withheld’. In both the cases, the candidates are required to register for the repeat examination and pay the requisite fee for submission of the projects / assignments / case studies.

Calculation of CGPA

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is arrived at by dividing the sum of the products of Grade Values and the Credits in each subject by the total number of credits in all the subjects.

A candidate to be successful should obtain a minimum of 50% marks or the equivalent grade, i.e., B in every subject. A candidate who secures the minimum required 50% marks will not be declared passed until he/she submits the assignments/projects/case studies as prescribed. However, the candidate who fails to obtain the minimum grade (i.e., B) shall be given chance(s) to re-appear for the examination whenever the same is conducted till the completion of the maximum period, i.e., two years from the date of admission on payment of repeat / supplementary examination fee and the continuation fee as prescribed. No candidate who has cleared the subject by securing 50 marks or above is allowed to re-appear in the examination for improving the marks / grade.

 
Rounding off and Award of Grace Marks

In case a candidate obtains fractional marks, the fraction will be rounded off to the nearest whole number.

The Course Coordinator with the approval of the Director, DDE may add FIVE grace marks in total for all the subjects in a semester to enable a candidate to pass the examination. The said provision will not be applicable in case of re-evaluation and/or for improvement of grade.

Provided that under no circumstances, a candidate shall be granted more than five grace marks in a semester to be distributed in all subjects.

 
Award of the Master’s Degree

A candidate to be eligible for the award of the Master’s Degree, i.e., M.A. (Space & Telecommunication Laws) should submit all the assignments / projects / case studies and should secure 50% marks or ‘B’ grade in all the subjects including Dissertation obtaining atleast CGPA 5.50 out of 10.00.

A student admitted to the program has to complete all the prescribed requirements within a maximum period of four years from and including the year of admission in order to be eligible for the award of the Master’s Degree.

 
Procedure for Re-counting / Re-evaluation

The candidates desiring of re-evaluation have to apply in writing along with the re-evaluation fee within 15 days from the date of declaration of results. On the receipt of the request for re-evaluation, the paper would be sent to subject expert other than the evaluator and the results of the same will be communicated within 45 days. A change in the original score shall be made only when, upon re-evaluation, the change is FIVE marks or more. The Re-evaluation result is final and there will be no further appeal to the same.

No candidate who has cleared the subject by securing 50 marks or above is allowed to re-appear in the examination or apply for re-evaluation for improving marks / grade.

The recounting of the paper would be done without collecting any fee but on the written request to the Director, DDE by the candidate. The change, if any, shall be incorporated accordingly.

 
Misconduct Rules

The Vice-Chancellor on the report and recommendation of the Course Co-ordinator can cancel the registration of a candidate and also debar them from examinations and further enrolment if he or she is found to be indulging in abusive, unruly behavior with the faculty or staff of the University. Such behavior will also include abusive mails, phone calls or defamatory tweets / posts / blogs etc.

The NALSAR University Academic Mis-Conduct Regulations, as approved by the Executive Council of the University will apply suitably for the candidates enrolled for this programme.

Refund of Fee in case of withdrawal of admission

a) In case of withdrawal within 15 days from the closure of the admission, 10% of the course fee paid shall be retained by the University towards administrative charges;

b) In respect of candidates who withdraw their candidature after 15 days from the closure of admission, total course fee paid by the candidates shall be retained by the University.

c) All other fee other than course fee, once paid is non-refundable.

Note: The University reserves the right to modify the admission process, fee structure, course structure, course content, the evaluation scheme and other Rules from time to time.

2-YEAR M.A. (SPACE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW)

Faculty

Regular Faculty :

Prof. (Dr.) V. Balakista Reddy
Professor of International Law and Registrar,
Head, Centre for Aerospace and Defence Laws (CADL)
 

Dr.V.Balakista Reddy obtained his LL.M in International Law from Osmania University and M. Phil. and Ph.D. in International Air and Space Law from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He has more than 15 years of Teaching and Research experience.

Dr.S.N.A.Shafi
Assistant Professor, NALSAR

Before joining NALSAR in 2008, he started his academic career in 1991 with opportunity to teach at national and International institutions. At the national level he served at Anwar-ul-Uloom College of Law, and Padala Rama Reddi Law College, Hyderabad affiliated to Osmania University. At the international level, he served as a Lecturer in Haramaya University, The F.D.R. of Ethiopia under the aegis of the UN and also worked as a Law Officer in The Emirates International Law Firm, Dubai (UAE).

Visiting Faculty :

PROF. G.B. REDDY
LL.M., Ph.D (OU),
Professor of Law, Osmania University

Dr.G.B.Reddy is a lawyer turned academician. Studied B.A. (HPP), LL.B., and LL.M. (Constitutional Law) at Osmania University, and P.G.Diploma in Human Rights from University of Hyderabad. Obtained Ph.D.in Law from Osmania University in 1999 on the topic “Supreme Court and Judicial Activism – Its Contribution in Specific Areas of Constitutional Law after 1980”. His area of specialization is Constitutional Law in LL.M. and Judicial Activism in Ph.D. He specialized in the area of Intellectual Property as an independent researcher, publisher and teacher.

PROF DR A KAMALAKAR
LL.B., M.Phil, Ph.D. (JNU)
Adjunct Professor
School of Management Studies, JNTUH

Presently
  • Special Invitee, Executive Council, JNTUH
  • Adjunct Professor at School of Management Studies, JNTUH
  • Corporate Trainer and Management Consultant
  • Board Member, International Stress Management Association
Formerly
  • Vice President (Human Resources), Vijai Electricals Ltd., May 2007-Jan 2011.
  • Principal, DVR PG IMS and DVR PG ICA, Hyderabad, 2005 – 2007.
  • Head, Management & Technology at ESCI, Hyderabad, 2002-2005.
  • i/c Principal, Prof and Head, MechEng’g, AV College of Engineering, Pune University, 2000 – 2002.
  • Chairman, Institute Management Committee, Industrial Training Institutes at Patancheru and Hathnoora.
  • President, JNTUH, College of Engineering, Hyderabad Alumni Association.
  • Indian Air Force 1975-2000 in various appointments in maintenance and repair of aircraft and guided missile systems. Voluntarily retired as Wing Commander in 2000.

MS.PRIYAIYENGAR
LL.M, HRM (USA), ICA(ICC-Paris),
Founding Partner, Compass Law Associates, Corporate Lawyer

Ms.PriyaIyengar is a Founding Partner of Compass Law Associates. She specializes in Corporate Law, Industrial & Labour Laws with Strategic IR & HR Management and Aviation Law. She has over seventeen years of experience in Formation of Companies, Corporate Reorganization and Reconstruction, Joint Ventures, Shareholder Agreement, Statutory filings under Company Laws, Merger & Acquisitions, Labor and Employment Laws Statutory Compliance, International Commercial Arbitration, Conflict Analysis, Management, and Resolution.

Course Structure

Semester - I
Subject Code Subject Marks Credits
1.1.1 General Principles of Law  100 5
1.1.2 Space Technology and Law  100 5
1.1.3 International Space Law  100 5
1.1.4 Information Technology and Cyber Laws  100 5
Semester – II
1.2.5 International Telecommunication Laws  100 5
1.2.6 Space Technology, Telecommunications and IPRs Issues 100 5
1.2.7 Space Commercialization and Legal Issues  100 5
1.2.8 Space Security: Laws and Policies  100 5
Semester – III
2.3.9 Telecommunication Laws in India  100 5
2.3.10 Law of Remote Sensing and Geospatial Data 100 5
2.3.11 Trade Laws relating to Space and Telecommunications 100 5
2.3.12 Space Law and Contemporary Issues 100 5
Semester – IV
2.4.13 Dissertation (Written: 150 + Viva: 50) 200 6
Conduct of the programme

The Master’s Programme will have four semesters. Each Semester will have Onsite intense sessions by the subject experts, followed by Online session where participants will work on the case studies and assignments and upload them on the dedicated web platform / submit them by email. The students can contact / communicate by email with the subject experts pertaining to various queries on the concerned subject. Relevant course material will be uploaded on the website and can be accessed through their login id.

Face to Face contact sessions will be conducted for seven days in a semester at Hyderabad by the subject experts. Suggested reference guidance would be provided at the contact sessions. Each subject shall consist of 15 teaching hours which will come to 60 teaching hours per semester for three semesters. Case study analysis will be part of the concerned subjects and will be discussed in onsite sessions. Attendance at the onsite session is not compulsory.

The conduct of the programme involves uploading of updated course material, assignments etc. on the website.

Evaluation Scheme

Each paper shall carry 100 marks.  The distribution of marks shall be as follows:

Assignment(s) : 30 Marks
End Semister Examination 70 Marks
Submission of Dissertation
Dissertation Marks
Written Report: 150 Marks
Viva-Voce Exam 50 Marks
Awards of Grades

The performance of the students would be evaluated on a eight point scale with corresponding grade values as mentioned below:

Percentage of Marks Grade Grade Value
80 and above O (outstanding) 8
75 – 79 D 7.5
70-74 A++ 7
65-69 A+ 6
60-64 A 5
55-59 B+ 4
50-54 B 3
Below 50 F(Fail) 0
Calculation of CGPA

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is arrived at by dividing the sum of the products of Grade Values and the Course Credits in each course by the total number of credits in all the subjects.

A student to be successful should obtain a minimum of 50% marks or the equivalent grade, i.e., B in every subject /Dissertation. A student who secures the minimum required 50% marks will not be declared pass until he/she submits the assignments as prescribed. However, the candidate who fails to obtain the minimum grade (i.e., B) shall be given chance(s) to re-appear for the examination whenever the same is conducted till the completion of the maximum period, i.e., four years from the date of admission on payment of Continuation fee and/or repeat examination fee as prescribed. Students failing to secure the minimum marks in the Dissertation shall re-submit the same.

Award of the Degree

A student to be eligible for the award of the Degree should complete all courses including Dissertation obtaining atleast CGPA 3.00 out of 8.00.

A student admitted to the program has to complete all the prescribed requirements within a maximum period of four years from and including the year of admission in order to be eligible for the award of the Degree.

Procedure for Re-counting / Re-evaluation

The candidates desiring of revaluation have to apply along with re-evaluation fee within 15 days from the date of declaration of results by written submission to the Director. On receipt of request for revaluation, the paper would be sent to subject expert other than the evaluator and the results of the same will be communicated within 45 days. The Re-evaluation result is final and there will be no further appeal to the same.

No candidate who has secured 50 marks or above in the examination is allowed to re-appear in the examination or apply for re-evaluation for improving marks / grade.

The recounting of the paper would be done without collecting any fee but on the written request to the Director by the candidate.

Misconduct Rules

The Vice Chancellor on the report and recommendation of the Course Co-ordinator can cancel the registration of a candidate and also debar them from examinations and further enrollment if he or she is found to be indulging in abusive, unruly behavior with the faculty or staff of the University. Such behaviors will also include abusive mails, phone calls or defamatory posts or blogs.

The NALSAR University Academic Mis-Conduct Regulations, as approved by the Executive Council of the University will apply suitably for the students enrolled for this programme.

Refund of Fee in case of withdrawal of admission
  • In case of withdrawal before the commencement of first round of PCP, 10% of the course fee / Course fee for the first year shall be retained by the University towards administrative charges;
  • In respect of students who withdraw their candidature after the first round of PCP, total course fee / total course fee for the first year shall be retained by the University towards administrative charges;
  • No refund shall be made in case of withdrawals in the second year

Course Coordinator

  
Prof.(Dr.)V.Balakista Reddy
Professor of International Law and Registrar
Head, Centre for Aerospace and Defence Laws (CADL)
Ph : +9140 – 23498103

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ddeadmissions2021@nalsar.ac.in

Administrative Contact

Ms. B. Nagalakshmi
Assistant Registrar
Ph : +9140 – 23498402

Ms. G. Usha Devi
Junior Assistant
Ph : +9140 – 23498404

Mr. R.Ravi
Junior Assistant
Ph : +9140 – 23498404

Mr. B. Vijay Kumar
Record Assistant
Ph : +9140 – 23498404

Postal Address

Directorate of Distance Education
NALSAR University of Law
Justice City, Shameerpet, Medchal District,
Hyderabad - 500101, Telangana, India.
Ph : +9140 – 23498404;Fax: +91 40 23498403

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