About the Course Programme

Modern ideologies and constitutions consider an individual as the focal point, but it is the family which enables an individual in more than many ways to survive and become an effective functional unit. The stress and strain of modern day life, changing values in our lives, disintegration of the joint family system and other factors are taking a toll on family relationships.

As a result, we are witnessing a sharp increase in marital conflicts and also in the number of cases being filed in courts of law for dissolution of marriage, maintenance, custody of children, partition of joint family properties, etc. These cases take a considerable time to be decided by the courts. In the meanwhile, the litigating parties have to put up with a lot of hardship and suffering, both emotionally and financially.

In the western countries a number of trained marriage and family counsellors are available to provide counselling services to those who are having marital maladjustment and family disputes. The time has now come for India too, to create professionally qualified persons to resolve family disputes by using alternative methods of dispute settlements, which cause minimum stress on the parties in terms of emotions, money and time and aim for a win -win situation for the parties. To fulfill this need, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad has started this diploma course to create a pool of professionals who can offer expert advice and counsel the parties in matters relating to family disputes.

Objectives of the Course

  • To give an overview of the basic law i.e. main statutes, subordinate legislations, customary law and judicial precedents in regulating family matters.
  • To study the court decision making process and its functioning in family matters; to examine the conventional methods of adjudication generally; and more specifically, to better appreciate the utility of alternative dispute settlement methods in this context.
  • Enable learners to pursue solutions acceptable to both parties, and thereby help meaningfully resolve the deeper conflict.
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 :

Total Course fee : Rs. 25,000/-

  • 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 Family, Marriage and Matrimonial Remedies
1.2 Law Governing Unfair Practices and Property Relations
1.3 Family Disputes and Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism
1.4 Principles of Family Psychology
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 Family, Marriage and Matrimonial Remedies 100 Marks
1.2 Paper II Law Governing Unfair Practices and Property Relations 100 Marks
1.3 Paper III Family Disputes and Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism 100 Marks
1.4 Paper IV Principles of Family Psychology 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.




Justice B Prakash Rao
Former judge,
Andhra Pradesh High Court

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

Prof Faizan Mustafa
Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR

Prof Faizan Mustafais the Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. He was the founder Vice-Chancellor of National Law University, Orissa. He is the recipient of both Commonwealth Scholarship as well as Fulbright. He was conferred the SAARC’s Best Law Teacher Award in 2014. Dr. Mustafa has authored several books and has about hundred national and International papers to his credit.

Prof. Poonam Pradhan Saxena
Vice Chancellor,
National Law University, Jodhpur

Prof. PoonamPradhanSaxena is presently Vice Chancellor of National Law University Jodhpur. She has been awarded the prestigious Senior Fulbright Fellowship (1998) and Shastri-Indo Canadian Fellowship (2000). She has been an illustrious writer of various books including Mulla’s Transfer of Property Act, 1882 ( Lexis Nexis, Butterworth India), Family Law Lectures, Family Law-II (Lexis Nexis, Butterworth India), Property Law ( Lexis Nexis, Butterworth India),

Mr. Krishna Prasad Tenneti
Director General of Police and
Chairman Road Safety Authority,Telangana

Mr. Krishna Prasad Tennetiis presently Director General of Police and Chairman Road Safety Authority Telangana. He has done his PGDM from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He is the author of Trafficking in Persons Tip of the Iceberg, published by United Nations Development Fund for Women.

Prof. G B Reddy
Professor of Law, Osmania University

Prof. G B Reddy is Professor of Law at Osmania University. At present he is the Director, University Foreign Relations office. He has vast experience in the field of law and has authored 20 well received books. .

Prof Y F Jayakumar
Principal,Pendekanti Law College, Hyderabad

Prof Y F Jaykumar: Prof. Jayakumar is subject expert in Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He was Professor and Dean, Faculty of Law, Osmania University and presently Principal of Pendekanti Law College, Hyderabad. He is a visitor to SardarVallabhai Patel National Police Academy and MarriChenna Reddy Institute of Human Resources. He is the author of Horizons of Family Law in India.

Dr. Saroj Arya
Professor in Clinical Psychology,
Sweekar Academy of Rehabilitation Sciences,

Dr. Saroj Arya is presently Professor in Clinical Psychology at Sweekar Academy of Rehabilitation Sciences, Secunderabad. Before joining the current assignment she was Associate Professor & Head Dept. of Rehabilitation Psychology, NIEPID, Secunderabad. She has a more than 30 years’ experience in Teaching & Training at PG & M.Phil level in Psychology. She has Research experience of carrying out multi-centric research studies in the field of Psychology, Nutrition, Mental Health and Disability Rehabilitation. She has developed Indian Tools for Child Development Assessment and Autism & Manuals for Cognitive enhancement in early childhood. She has participated in national / international conferences/ seminars and published 50 articles in National and International Journals. She has completed course on i) Gender and Management and ii) Planning with Women for Development at University of London

Mr. Sumit Attri
AOR at the Supreme Court of India and
Director Dispute Resolution at Cyril Amarachnad

Mr. Sumit Attri, is an AOR at the Supreme Court of India and Director Dispute Resolution at Cyril Amarachnad. He has done his LL.B. from Symbiosis Law School Pune. Mr. Attri has vast experience of handling various disputes ranging from family law to corporate commercial matters before different courts and tribunals.

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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