About the Course Programme

Disputes are a part of human association. Legally speaking, when one person makes a claim against the other based on a certain law or legal principle, and the other person denies the claim, there is a dispute.

The term Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to a range of methods and processes of dispute resolution. Significantly, these methods are very rapidly transforming from mere ‘alternatives’ into preferred methods of resolving disputes. The promise of ADR methods is low cost, fast resolution and an outcome acceptable to both parties. Unfortunately, due to improper or ineffective use these methods often fail to deliver on these promises.

Different ADR methods have their own nuances and require specialised knowledge and training. This course is designed to:

  • Equip the learner with an understanding of various ADR methods;
  • Train the learner to choose from these methods, and use them in a manner which creates minimum stress on the parties – in terms of both money and time; and
  • Hopefully enable learners to pursue solutions acceptable to both sides in a legal dispute.
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

The course syllabus is broadly divided into 4 subjects.

Subject Code Subject
1.1 Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems
1.2 Law of Contracts
1.3 Law of Arbitration and Conciliation in India
1.4 International Commercial Arbitration
Conduct of the programme

Print Media – The candidates will be provided with the print copies of reading materials prepared by Subject experts. The reading material covers the detailed syllabi of the course. Such materials have to be supplemented by the candidate with their own readings in the internet or other available materials.

Online Support - A dedicated website has been registered. The candidates will get the services 24 hours throughout the year to access the soft copy of the reading materials, the power point presentations and video lectures of the contact seminar classes and previous year question papers which will be uploaded in the website. The web site 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 course duration and will be revived on continuation of the course after payment of the Continuation fee.

Personal Contact Programme - Personal Contact Programme will be held for four days, twice during the course on weekends at Hyderabad. The attendance to PCP is not compulsory, but it is strongly advisable to the candidates to attend the same, as they are important to understand and successfully complete the course. The recorded videos of the classes will be uploaded on the dedicated website for the convenience of the candidates who could not attend the classes.

Evaluation Scheme

Based on these 4 subjects examination in 4 papers is held for 100 marks each.

Code Paper Subject Total Marks
1.1 Paper I Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems 100 Marks
1.2 Paper II Law of Contracts 100 Marks
1.3 Paper III Law of Arbitration and Conciliation in India 100 Marks
1.4 Paper IV International Commercial Arbitration 100 Marks
Award of Grades

The performance of the students would be evaluated on with corresponding grades as mentioned below:

Percentage of Marks Grade
80 and above O (outstanding)
75 – 79 D
70-74 A++
65-69 A+
60-64 A
55-59 B+
50-54 B
Below 50 F(Fail)

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 repeat examination fee and Continuation Fee as prescribed.

Award of the PG Diploma

A student to be eligible for the award of the PG Diploma should complete all courses obtaining at least 50% marks or the equivalent grade, i.e., B in every subject.

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 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 Registrar. 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 face to face contact sessions, 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 face to face contact sessions, total course fee / total course fee for the first year shall be retained by the University towards administrative charges.




Mr. Ajar Rab
Partner, Rab & Rab Associates LLP, Dehradun 

Mr. Rab is a Partner at Rab & Rab Associates LLP. He is a law graduate from NLSIU Bangalore and has a dual masters-degree in Law and Business from Germany. His practice areas include international arbitration, commercial laws, mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions. He has previously worked with Amarchand Mangaldas, ministries, government bodies and policy institutes. He is also an International Policy Consultant at Lexidale, a policy firm with offices in the US, Israel and the Netherlands.

Dr. Anurag Agarwal
Faculty, IIM, Ahmedabad

Dr. Anurag Agarwal did his Masters in Law from Harvard Law School and LL.D. from Lucknow University. He is a faculty at IIM Ahmedabad and has been the Chairperson of the One Year Post-Graduate Program in Management for Executives PGPX, Business Policy Area, and the Post Graduate Program in Public Management and Policy PGP-PMP.

Justice B Prakash Rao
Former judge,
Andhra Pradesh High Court

Justice B Prakash Rao is a former judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court. He joined the Bar in 1972 and practiced at various courts until he was elevated as a Judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in 1999. He has been the Acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh (Nov- Dec, 2010) and retired in the year 2011.

Mrs. Kritika Krishnamurty
Partner, AK & Partners and
Director, Bridge Mediation and Consulting Pvt. Ltd.

Mrs. Kritika Krishnamurty is a Partner at AK & Partners and Director, Bridge Mediation and Consulting Pvt. Ltd. a company engaged in providing negotiation and mediation consulting services.

Mrs. Nilima Bhadbhade
Consultant, writer and teacher

Dr. Nilima Bhadbade has decades of experience in the field of law as a lawyer, teacher consultant and writer. She is the author of 'Contract Law of India' (three editions, Kluwer Law International, 2010-2016) and Specific Performance of Contracts (Lexis-Nexis 2014).

Mr. Rajesh Kapoor
Assistant Professor, NALSAR

Mr. Rajesh Kapoor teaches at NALSAR University of Law. He specializes in commercial laws. Law of Contracts and Arbitration are his special areas of interest. He has done his LL.B. from Symbiosis Law College University of Pune and LL.M. from King’s College London, in International Commercial Laws with special focus on Arbitration.

Shwetha Bidhuri, Head (South Asia)
Singapore International Arbitration centre (SIAC)

Shwetha is the Head (South Asia) at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and oversees operations of SIAC’s offices in India. She has been instrumental in promoting the use of institutional arbitration and SIAC as a leading international arbitration institution across South Asia. She holds a Master of Laws degree from University of Manchester. Prior to joining SIAC, Shwetha worked in the dispute resolution practice of a leading law firm in New Delhi for nearly a decade on commercial litigation cases as well as investment treaty arbitrations involving foreign and Indian investors. Shwetha has worked on many leading cases which have contributed to the development of law affecting global companies.

Course Coordinator

 Mr.Rajesh Kapoor
 Assistant Professor
 NALSAR University of Law
  Ph : +9140 – 23498230

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

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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