About the Course Programme

'Media' the popular term inter-alia used as 'Press' denotes the print & electronic information carriers the News Papers & Magazines, Radio, Television and currently includes Internet as new Media. Hailed as the 'Fourth Estate', media is the watchdog of the public affairs, informing the society and vice versa acts as the forum to advocate the views of the society at large to those at the helm of public affairs.

Media today, has grown into a complex information vehicle adding information relating to business, entertainment, education and sports. Apart from the complexity of the content, the technology side of the Media has taken phenomenal strides with the advent of Internet to enter a phenomenon termed as 'Convergence'.

In Indian context the print media and its interface with Law has a long tradition, whereas broadcasting sectors of Radio and Television and emerging new Media of Internet is still an evolving one. The Media practitioners, Lawyers, Educationists relating to Mass Communications need to understand the Legal Framework that is operational and the emerging debate of restructuring such legal framework. This Course will help them to equip with the current legal regime on Media and the emerging one, which is going to play a crucial role.

With the advent of Internet the convergence of the Information, Communication and Entertainment has led to the label ‘New Media’ where the publication has been instantaneous at almost zero cost. Nevertheless the issues of freedom of expression vs. objectionable materials have sharpened in this development. The concept of the ‘social media’ has added a new dimension to that of the ‘traditional media’. The attempt to regulate the same has resulted in opening up new dimensions of censorship and public expression.

This course modified regularly to incorporate the new changes will sensitize and expose media professionals including the editorial and the advertising professionals, Public Information officers, Policy makers and Legal professionals on the dynamic and evolving media law space.

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 fulfillment of the eligibility criteria.

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. 20,000/-

  • 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  (Revised w.e.f 2019-20 Batch)

The courses syllabus is broadly devided into four Subjects:

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 are 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.

Contact Seminar Classes - Direct face to face Contact Seminar classes will held for four days, twice during the course on weekends at Hyderabad. The attendance to contact seminar classes 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 (Revised w.e.f 2019-20 Batch)

Based on the above 4 subjects, End-term written examination to be as below:

Code Paper Subject Total Marks
1.1 Paper I Media, Ethics and the Constitution 100 Marks
1.2 Paper II Media and the Law 100 Marks
1.3 Paper III Advertisement and the Law 100 Marks
1.4 Paper IV Electronic Media and Regulatory Law 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)

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

In order to be successful in a paper, a candidate shall be required to obtain at least 50% marks in it i.e. a grade equal to or higher than B.

Once a candidate attempts a paper and is declared as 'Failed (F)', his/her grade shall carry ® with the grade obtained later.

The Grade card can be collected in person and shall also be sent to the candidate by post/courier.

The Transcript can be obtained by sending a written request to the Director after payment of the prescribed fee by the university.

Award of the PG Diploma

A candidate shall be declared to have passed the diploma course and become eligible for the award of the PG Diploma, if he/she secures not less than 50% marks in each paper.

However, a candidate failing in the examination can seek re-examination in the subsequent exam by paying the prescribed Continuation Fee and examination fees, as applicable.

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 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;

P.G.Diploma in Media Laws


In-House Faculty :

Prof. (Dr.) Faizan Mustafa
Professor & Director (Officiating)
Directorate of Distance Education, NALSAR

Prof. Faizan Mustafa is a senior law teacher and renowned jurist of constitutional law, who is presently working as the Vice- Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad which is country’s leading National Law University and has emerged as the most sought after destination of legal education in the entire South Asia.He has recently been unanimously elected as Vice President/ President Elect of the prestigious Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI), which was incorporated in Canada in 1968 and is bi-national organization of Canadian and Indian governments. Earlier, he was the Founder Vice-Chancellor of National Law University, Orissa where he had put to use the concept of ‘integration of knowledge’ and introduced highly innovative legal education curricula. He integrated B.A.LL.B with BBA.LL.B and allowed students of one stream to take courses of the other stream. For the first time in India he introduced the specialization of Legal Journalism at NLUO. He is the Advisor to National Law School & Judicial Academy, Assam. He is known for his institution building abilities and democratic leadership. He is also visiting faculty to several reputed institutions in India and abroad.

Prof.V.C.Vivekanandan (On lien)
IPR Chair Professor, NALSAR & Director,
Directorate of Distance Education

Prof.V.C.Vivekanandan received his PhD in Intellectual Property Laws and also holds his Master’s in Corporate Law & Securities and a Master’s in Public Administration.

Prof.V.C.Vivekanandan is on lien and has joined as the Founder Dean of the School of Law, of Bennett University an initiative of the Times of India Group from June 2017. He was the IPR Chair Professor of the Ministry of HRD at NALSAR and also the Director of the Directorate of Distance Education at NALSAR. He teaches IPR, Artificial Intelligence & law, Entertainment Law. He was also the Centre Head of the NC Banerjee Centre for IP Studies and the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law.

Prof. K. Vidyullatha Reddy
Professor of Law
NALSAR University of Law

Prof. K.Vidyullatha Reddy specializes in Environmental Law and is the Head, Centre for Environmental Studies, NALSAR University of Law. She teaches Environmental Law, Banking and Finance. She has over eighteen years of teaching experience. She has published a book on Municipal Solid Waste – Law and Practice besides research papers on environmental law. She is the editor-in-chief of Environmental Law and Practice Review (ELPR) the university environment centre journal.

Mr.Sourabh Bharti
Assistant Professor
NALSAR University of Law

Mr.Sourabh Bharti did his B.Sc. from Govt. Gandhi Memorial College, Jammu, J&K, and LL.B. from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi and LL.M. from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

Visiting Faculty :

M.Sridhar Acharyulu
Information Commissioner

Professor (Dr.) Madabhushanam Sridhar Acharyulu (known with pen name Madabhushi Sridhar) is an Author of 30 books on Law & Journalism both in English and Telugu languages. He was professor of law at National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law at Hyderabad till 20th November 2013 which he resigned to take up the position of Central Information Commissioner at New Delhi on 22nd November 2013.

Joint Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice at Government of India
Former- Registrar of Copyrights

Mr.G. R. Raghavender is currently is a civil servant from Central Secretariat Service (CSS) 1988. At present, he is posted as Joint Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India, New Delhi. Previously, he was Joint Secretary in Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, New Delhi from August 2015 to January 2017. He also held additional charge of Director General, National Productivity Council (NPC) from November 2015 to May 2016.

Advocate, Law Lecturer
Patent & Trademark Attorney
Manu Associates Bangalore

Mr. R. Muralidharan is an Advocate, Law Lecturer, Registered Patent Agent & Mediator.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry (1976) and a Masters Degree in International Law and Constitutional Law.(1980). As a final year Law student, Mr. Muralidharan represented India in the Philip. C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held at Washington D.C. USA (March 1979).

Course Coordinator

  Prof. Faizan Mustafa
  Ph : +9140 – 23498401

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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