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About the Course Programme

Defence studies, War studies, Strategic studies as currently taught only in a handful of Universities in India. Teaching and research activities are done in many universities of India, having as its primary focus on India’s national security. In all departments of Defence studies the approach to the study of national security is interdisciplinary encompassing disciplines like Geopolitics and Military Geography, Science and Technology, Economics of Defence, Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution. However the above universities / institutions despite their commendable efforts are unable to provide a wholesome education and knowledge having due regards to the international legal framework, world politics and contemporary practices. NALSAR is the only University offering such a diverse course on defence and security studies from a legal perspective.‚Äč

M.A.  (Security & Defence Laws) intends to equip the course participants with national and international legal framework governing the defence and security industry in the global, regional and Indian context. The course would further train the participants in developing a strong foundation in management and governance of the defence sector by drawing from experiences across the globe and comparing the same in Indian context.  National defence is not only the responsibility of the armed forces but it is a responsibility of all the citizens of a nation. The aim of the defence studies is closely related to other spheres of life. Hence, the course will focus not only defence personnel of the country but will attract numerous scholars across the globe who are engaged in research related activities in defence and strategic studies.  

Recent move towards liberalisation and privatisation of defence industry also demands for a progamme of this kind. With an objective of bridging the gap between Law and defence studies, the University intends to offer this Course through its Centre for Aerospace & Defence Laws (CADL).

The programme will be particularly beneficial for Serving members of the armed forces, policy makers and stakeholders working in the government departments, defence public sector undertakings, negotiators and diplomats who represent the country in the negotiations for various defence procurements, Aerospace Engineers/Students pursuing Aerospace Engineering, Law Graduates desiring specialization in defence Law, M.B.A students and Graduates undergoing various defence and strategic studies related Programmes. Hyderabad being hub of aerospace and defence sector, large number of defence professional working in this area needs upgradation of their skills towards legal and policy issues.

Also, there is a high demand for law professionals with expertise in security and defence laws. With the help of this programme, the candidates can be well placed for roles in international institutions, government department (ministries of foreign affairs, defence, justice, home affairs and development), non-governmental organisations, law firms and also in private sectors (defence and security companies).

Eligibility :

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

b. Students appearing for the final year examination of Graduation are also eligible to apply.

Admission Procedure

Direct Admission subject to fulfillment of the eligibility criteria for the said course.

Course Duration

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 subject to payment of Continuation Fee as per the University Rules. 

Fee Structure :

Course fee : Rs. 40,000/- p.a. (for Defence personnel –Rs. 35,000/- p.a.)

  • Convocation fee will be charged separately as per the University Rules.
  • Re-peat exam fee / Supplementary Exam fee will be charged @ Rs.500/- per paper
  • Continuation fee beyond the minimum duration of the course till the maximum period is Rs.5000/- per year for Master’s Programme and Rs.3000/- per year for Post-Graduate Diploma Programmes.
  • Boarding & Lodging charges at campus (subject to availability) during classes / exam will be extra as per the University Rules.

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

Course Structure

Semester - I
Subject Code Subject Marks Credits
1.1.1 General Principles of Law 100 5
1.1.2 International Security, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution 100 5
1.1.3 Defence Technology and Defence Laws 100 5
1.1.4 International Institutions and Global Security 100 5
Semester – II
1.2.5 Defence Management and Strategic Studies 100 5
1.2.6 Defence Contracts and Tenders 100 5
1.2.7 Defence Procurement Policies: National and International Perspectives 100 5
1.2.8 Defence Laws and Policies in India 100 5
Semester – III
2.3.9 Regional Security and Global Governance 100 5
2.3.10 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism 100 5
2.3.11 Aviation, Space and Maritime Security Laws 100 5
2.3.12 Cyber Space, Cyber Security and National Defence 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 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



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.

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 :

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 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.

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

  • Special Invitee, Executive Council, JNTUH
  • Adjunct Professor at School of Management Studies, JNTUH
  • Corporate Trainer and Management Consultant
  • Board Member, International Stress Management Association
  • 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.

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 Coordinator

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

Administrative Contact


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

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

Mr. R.Ravi
Junior Assistant
Ph : +9140 – 23498404
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Mr. B. Vijay Kumar
Record Assistant
Ph : +9140 – 23498404
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Postal Address

NALSAR Proximate Education

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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