Nalsar Patent Law Admissions Essay
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. WHAT IS NALSAR PROXIMATE EDUCATION?
NALSAR (National Academy of Legal Studies and Research) University's outreach programs are conducted through NALSAR Proximate Education. NALSAR PRO conducts various Post Graduate Diploma Programmers for Legal Fraternity and other professionals. The courses are non - residential and are similar to Correspondence Courses and Distance Education Programmers. The Proximate Education concept uses Web as an important tool to interact with students. All enrolled candidates are given a user ID and Password to access the Website www.nalsarpro.org and interact with the faculty and also access various materials posted on the web. Apart from this contact classes are conducted at Hyderabad centre allowing them to interact face to face with subject experts.
2. Is NALSAR University a recognized University or a deemed University?
NALSAR University was established by a statute of the State Government of Andhra Pradesh in 1998. The Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh is the Chancellor of the University. The University is headed by a Vice - Chancellor, advised by the General Council, Executive council and Academic Council which has members drawn from Supreme Court, State High Court judges, Law Secretary, Bar Council members of the State and the Centre and eminent Academicians. The University is a full -fledged University recogn ized by the Bar Council of India to award degrees. The University offers B.A., B.L. (Hons.) Degree programmes, LLM Programmes and Research Programmes - M.Phil . and PhD
3. Are courses offered through NALSAR Proximate Education recognized?
The courses offered by NALSAR Proximate Education through Distance Mode are recognized by Distance Education Bureau, University Grants Commission, New Delhi.
4. What are the eligibility criteria for the courses?
All the Post Graduate Diploma programmes require a qualification of a three- year degree or an equivalent. The Degree could be in Law or in any other field.
5. What are the job opportunities of the courses?
The courses offered by NALSAR Pro have opportunities in different fields. For practicing Lawyers it enhances the subject knowledge and expertise. Apart from these the diploma course will help in careers of teaching, Intellectual property careers, Consultancy, Non-Governmental organization and also in career promotion within the organization.
6. Does NALSAR Pro organize placements?
NALSAR Pro disseminates career opportunities in its website for the enrolled candidates. It also provides the information of candidates when approached by the organizations. Though no formal placement programme is in place, NALSAR Pro helps in placement on basis of need and requirements.
7. Can one do Two Diploma programmes in the same academic Year?
As per the Distance Education Council’s policy, candidates are not allowed to pursue two Degree Programmes simultaneously. However, a candidate can pursue two programmes simultaneously through distance mode or combination of distance and regular mode from the same or different Universities / Institutions in various combinations, viz.,
a. One Degree and one Diploma / P G Diploma / Certificate Course
b. One P G Diploma and one Diploma / Certificate Course
c. One Diploma and one Certificate Course
d. Two P G Diplomas
e. Two Diplomas
f. Two Certificate Courses
But it is advisable to take only one programme at a time as the Contact seminar classes and examination will be held for the programmes on the same dates.
8. What are centers for contact classes and examination?
The contact seminar classes and examinations will be held only at Hyderabad center from 2016, as the Distance Education Bureau- University Grants Commission has denied permission to conduct Contact Seminar Classes and Examinations outside the State based on Territorial jurisdiction.
9. Can the Course fee be paid in Instalment?
As a policy the University does not permit instalments. In few deserving cases of financial difficulties of income and other criteria, the candidate can request for two instalments, 50% of tuition fee to be paid at the time of admission and balance 50% to be paid on or before October 15 of the academic year. Such requests will be considered on case-to case basis and the University reserves the right to decide on them.
10. When does the course begin?
The Academic year starts from the announcement of the Admission notification and will generally close in 12 months.
11. What is the duration of the Contact Classes and when it will be conducted?
Contact Seminar classes will be held for two-three days depending on the coverage of the syllabi, twice during the course on weekends at Hyderabad. The Classes are normally held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The candidates will be intimated about the classes two / three weeks in advance.
The attendance to contact seminar classes is though not compulsory; the candidates are advised to attend the same, as they are important from examination point of view.
12. Whether accommodation will be provided during the contact classes and examinations for the outstation candidates?
Accommodation can be arranged in NALSAR Campus for the candidates on request on payment basis on first cum first serve basis. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
13. What materials are provided for the course?
The candidates will receive 1) printed course materials 2) Materials is also uploaded in the Website.
14. Can the candidates use NALSAR Library?
Candidates can visit NALSAR Library for reference of books, books will not be issued to them. They are required to carry their Identity Card issued by the University, each time they visit.
15. When are the examinations held?
Annual Examinations for all distance education courses / programmes will be held every year after completion of the course/ year at Hyderabad.
Supplementary Examinations are conducted in the month of November / December at Hyderabad for those candidates who could not appear for the annual examination or for those students who could not clear all the papers.
16. What are the formalities for taking the exam? Is it necessary that all papers be taken at a time?
A candidate, interested in writing the examination, must pay the exam fees (as notified in the examination notification from time to time) within the time and date mentioned.
A Candidate has the option of writing all or some of the papers at the annual examination or all of the papers at the supplementary examination.
17. What is the alternate, if the candidate is not able to write the Main exams?
The supplementary exams have been introduced in 2006 to facilitate candidates to clear their papers instead of waiting for one whole year. The Supplementary exams are held generally in the month of Nov / Dec every year at Hyderabad centre. The dates of the supplementary exam will be notified in the month of Sep / Oct.
The supplementary candidates will pay exam fees as applicable but will not be entitled to attend any contact classes.
18. What is the maximum duration for the completion of the course?
The maximum duration for completion of the course is 3 years from the academic year of enrolment. A candidate has to pay the continuation fee of Rs.1000/- per paper in addition to the examination fee to continue the course beyond the academic year of enrolment per year. After completion of third academic year, the enrolment will lapse.
For example: If a candidate is enrolled in the academic year 2015-16, and fails to appear / clear the papers during the exams held in April, 2016, then they can appear / re-appear in the subsequent Supplementary exam held in Nov/Dec 2016 at Hyderabad by paying the examination fee alone.
But if they fail to appear / clear the papers in the subsequent Supplementary exams, they will have to continue the course by paying the Continuation Fee as prescribed by the university and take the exams maximum by April 2018.
19. What is the procedure for Re-counting / Re-evaluation / acquiring answer script after results are declared?
The candidates desiring of recounting or revaluation have to apply along with re-evaluation fee within 15 days of the declaration of results by written submission to "The Coordinator, NALSAR Proximate education". The University is not responsible for any delay including postal delay. Fee Structure for Re-evaluation for P.G. Diploma Courses is Rs.1,000/- per paper. 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.
The candidates desiring to obtain a copy of their answer script can obtain the same by applying in writing and paying photocopying/ courier/ any other incidental charges.
Till May 2012, our BA LLB (Honours) program was driven by mandatory courses, what with 47 of the 50 courses being mandatory. Upon re-evaluating the undergraduate course it was found that the one size fits all approach did not bring out the best in all students as many of the mandatory course did not interest them. Consequently, from June 2012 NALSAR moved to a credit based elective system, which requires students to earn 200 credits over a period of five years to earn the degree.
All the courses listed as compulsory by the Bar Council of India; along with law and poverty and intellectual property law have been listed as mandatory courses. Training in the practice dimension of law is ensured through the clinic program. Students are required to collect 16 credits from the clinic program. Students can earn the remaining credits for the degree from a wide range of elective courses, which are offered by the home and visiting faculty.
The mandatory courses are transacted through large class lectures and small group tutorials. The tutors are appointed from the LLM and LLB final year students after a rigorous selection process.
The degree aims to equip students with research and writing skills through different kinds of projects assignments such as : newspaper discovery; film reviews; conducting of live interviews; creating moot problems; drafting petitions; book reviews; case comments; literature surveys and research papers. Whilst students are required to undertake one assignment for each mandatory course; they can choose the kind of assignment, they wish to do in a course by bidding for the same in a class auction and thus create their own project portfolio. Since the assignments have been calibrated for difficulty level and have to be handed at periodic intervals through the semester the projects portfolio supports efficient use of time; along with training students in varied kinds of research and writing skills.
Even as the university has organized the research and writing skills through projects, it allows students to explore other co-curricular routes such as moot courts and essay competitions. The co-curricular initiative which is seen to fulfil the project requirement is then evaluated by the faculty. The large repository of elective courses; the varied project assignments and different learning techniques is an effort at recognizing multiple intelligences and providing space for the strengths of all kinds of students.