About the Course Programme

Crime is as old as mankind, ad justice as old as civilised society. With the passage of time, the methods of crime and systems of justice have evolved. While yesteryears’ systems of justice were rather crude and barbarous, today’s legal system looks for “Evidence beyond reasonable doubt”.

This program is suitable for those in both the legal and maritime industry who are looking to enhance their career prospects. It provides highly specialised knowledge and research skills relevant both to legal practitioners and to those operating more generally within the legal environment of the maritime sector. It would also assist anyone working in professions concerned with international trade and the maritime environment depending on the chosen line of speciality within the research framework.

Today in India and many other democratic nations, the judiciary requires convincing evidence to convict the suspect. Many a times it is difficult to produce eyewitnesses or oral evidence and in a few cases where such evidence is available, it is known to have many limitations and shortcoming. It is on account of lack of substantial evidence that about 90 percent of cases are ending up in acquittal. In order to avoid common man losing confidence in criminal justice system, it is imperative to seek ways and means to improve the credibility of the system, by adequately making use of the advances and advantages of modern Science and Technology.

Most crime leaves behind traces of ‘silent evidence’. Traces of materials known as physical evidence, found at the scene of crime act as potent clues that become the most eloquent witnesses. Thanks to the tremendous strides made in technology, today’s scientists have a wealth of technological gadgets and tools that can help us turn these clues into powerful witnesses. Today’s forensic scientists use the most sophisticated technological equipment to unravel the mysteries from even subatomic particles like dust in air or microbiological materials like DNA.

Anything to everything that is conspicuously absent or present in/on/near the victim/ suspect/ crime scene, surrounding areas, neighborhood, etc. and even dust, pollen, bloodstain, bullet, glass, paint, hair, ash, speaker’s voice, suspect’s image, culprits e-mail, perpetrators mobile SMS etc serve as ‘silent speakers’ of truth. These very materials can become valuable pieces of evidence in the hands of forensic scientists who seek truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Therefore the course is designed with a view to give a comprehensive overview about major criminal legislations with latest updates including newer crimes such as cyber crimes. The traditional knowledge of crime when it blends with the technology it would give the criminal justice administration a good impetus.

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 are also eligible to apply; or

c. Candidates who complete three years of their 5-year integrated LLB Degree programme in Law are also eligible to apply.

Admission Procedure

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

Course Duration

The duration of the Programme is one year and the maximum period for completion of the Programme is three years including the year of admission subject to payment of Continuation Fee as per the University Rules.

Fee Structure :

Course fee : Rs. 30,000/- 

  • 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

Subject Code Subject Marks Credits
1.1.1 Criminology and Penology 100 5
1.1.2 Criminal law and legislative under pinning 100 5
1.1.3 Criminal Justice administration and Process 100 5
1.2.4 Introduction to Forensic Science & Forensic Physical Sciences 100 5
1.2.5 International Trade and Marine Transport Services 100 5
1.2.6 Forensic Chemical, Biological and General Science 100 5
Conduct of the programme

Each Semester will have contact sessions by the subject experts.First round of sessions will be held at NALSAR University campus and the sessions for the second semester for all the three subjects are taught in Truth Labs. 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.

Contact sessions will be conducted for Five days in a semester at Hyderabad by the subject experts. Suggested reference guidance would be provided at the contact sessions. Each semester shall consist of 30 teaching hours which will come to 60 teaching hours for two semesters.Case study analysis will be part of the concerned subjects and will be discussed in sessions.

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

Evaluation Scheme

Each paper shall carry 100 marks.

Semester - I :         End Semester Examination : 100 marks

Semester - II:         Assignment (Hand Written) : 30 marks

                                End Semester Examination :  70 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. 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., three years from the date of admission on payment of Continuation Fee and/or repeat examination fee as prescribed.

Award of the Advanced PG Diploma

A student to be eligible for the award of the Advanced PG Diploma should complete all courses 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 three years from and including the year of admission in order to be eligible for the award of the Advanced PG Diploma

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

a) In case of withdrawal before the commencement of face to face contact sessions, 10% of the course fee shall be retained by the University towards administrative charges;

b) In case of withdrawal after the face to face contact sessions of the first semester, total course fee shall be retained by the University towards administrative charges and no refund shall be made.


Course Coordinator

 Associate Professor
 NALSAR University of Law
  Ph : +9140 – 23498213

Administrative Contact


Ms. K. Madhuri
Assistant Registrar
Ph : +9140 – 23498402
Email :

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

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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