Post Graduate Certificate in Cyber Law (online)

Programme Code: PGCCL_OL

The Cyberspace due to its unique quality of openness economic efficiency and anonymity of members of the virtual community reaches the masses much quickly as opposed to earlier technologies there by breaking the jurisdictional boundaries and creating series of challenges for the legal system. This programme seeks to address fast the changing needs of knowledge society in the area of cyber laws. The programme is of 16 credits and consists of four courses. This programme is offered in two modes Open Distance Learning (ODL) and Online (vel).

Objectives: The objectives of this programme are to:

  • enable learner to understand, explore, and acquire a critical understanding Cyber Law.
  • develop competencies for dealing with frauds and deceptions (confidence tricks, scams) and other cyber crimes for example, child pornography etc. that are taking place via the Internet;
  • make learner conversant with the social and intellectual property issues emerging from ‘Cyberspace;
  • explore the legal and policy developments in various countries to regulate Cyberspace;
  • develop the understanding of relationship between commerce and cyberspace; and
  • give learners in depth knowledge of Information Technology Act and legal frame work of Right to Privacy, Data Security and Data Protection.

Detailed programme structure

MIR-011 Cyberspace, Technology and Social Issues

Block 1 Introduction to ICT and Cyberspace

Unit 1: Evolution and Growth of ICT
Unit 2: Computer Hardware, Software and Packages
Unit 3: Networking Concepts
Unit 4: Introduction to Cyberspace and Architecture
Unit 5: Evolution and Basic Concept of Internet

Block 2 Cyberspace

Unit 6: Internet Ownership and Standards  and Role of ISPs
Unit 7: Data Security and Management
Unit 8: Data Encryption and Digital Signature
Unit 9: Convergence, Internet Telephony and VPNS

Block 3 Social Issues in the Regulation of Cyberspace

Unit 10: The Regulability of Cyberspace
Unit 11: E-Governance
Unit 12: Issues Concerning Democracy, National Sovereignty, Personal Freedom

Block 4: Emerging Social Issues from Cyberspace

Unit 13: Digital Divide           
Unit 14: Promotion of Global Commons
Unit 15: Open Source Movement

MIR-012 Regulation of Cyberspace

Block 1 Laws and Entities Governing Cyberspace

Unit 1: Domestic Laws: Backgrounder
Unit 2: Information Technology Act – Part I
Unit 3: Information Technology Act – Part II
Unit 4: International Treaties, Conventions and Protocols Concerning Cyberspace
Unit 5: Guidelines Issued by Various Ministries

Block 2 Cyber Crimes and Torts

Unit 6: Introduction to Computer Wrongs
Unit 7: Conventional Crimes through Computer
Unit 8: Crimes and Torts Committed on a Computer Network and Relating to Electronic Mail
Unit 9: Crimes Relating to Data Alteration / Destruction

Block 3 Dispute Resolutions in Cyberspace

Unit 10: Issues of Jurisdiction and Applicable Law in Cyberspace
Unit 11: Enforcement Issues in Cyberspace
Unit 12: Online Dispute Revolution

MIR-013 Commerce and Cyberspace

Block 1 E-commerce

Unit 1: E-commerce: Evolution, Meaning and Types
Unit 2: Payment Mechanism in Cyberspace
Unit 3: Advertising and taxation vis -â- vis E-commerce
Unit 4: Consumer Protection in Cyberspace

Block 2 Online Contracts

Unit 5: Forms of Online Contracts
Unit 6: Features of Online Contracts
Unit 7: Issues Emerging from Online Contracting

Block 3 Intellectual Property Protection in Cyberspace

Unit 8: Intellectual Property in Cyberspace
Unit 9: Linking, in lining and Framing
Unit 10: P2P Networking
Unit 11: Webcasting
Unit 12: Domain Names

Block 4 Management of IPRs in Cyberspace

Unit 13: Liability of Internet Service Providers
Unit 14: Digital Rights Management
Unit 15: Search Engines and their Abuse
Unit 16: Non Original Databases

MIR-014 Privacy and Data Protection

Block 1 Right to Privacy and its Legal Framework

Unit 1: The Concept of Privacy
Unit 2: National Legal Framework or Protecting Privacy
Unit 3: International Legal Framework for Protecting Privacy
Unit 4: Privacy Related Wrongs and Remedies Thereof

Block 2 Data Security

Unit 5: The Concept of Security in Cyberspace
Unit 6: Technological Vulnerabilities
Unit 7: Legal Responses to Technological Vulnerabilities
Unit 8: Security Audits

Block 3 Data Protection

Unit 9: Introduction to Data
Unit10: OECD Principles
Unit11: Data Protection Position in India, EU and US
Unit12: Privacy Policy

Block: 4 Emerging Issues in Data Protection and Privacy

Unit 13: BPOs and the Legal Regime in India
Unit 14: Protecting Kids’ Privacy Online
Unit 15: Evolving Trends in Data Protection and Information Security

Medium of Instruction: English

Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline or Fourth and Fifth year students of Five year integrated LL.B course who passed three years.

Duration: Minimum 6 Months & Maximum 2 years

Instructional System

  • Registered student will be given access to the programme site where students  can download the study material pertaining to all the courses
  • Online submission of assignments
  • E-counselling sessions through virtual class room
  • Access to the archived counselling sessions

Evaluation System

The Evaluation System for PGCCL_OL consists of two components
a) Continuous evaluation through assignments (Tutor Marked Assignments).
b) Research Paper for each of the course

In the final results, assignments carry 30% weightage, while 70% weightage is given for
Research paper. The written research paper will carry 50 marks and 20 marks is given for presentation and viva- voce through web conference.

Programme Fee

Indian Residents - Rs. - 7000/- + (Registration Fee Rs. 200/-)
SAARC Residents - Rs. - 30000/-
International Residents - Rs. - 52800/-

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For further details contact:
Dr. Gurmeet Kaur
Programme Coordinator
Phone No: 011-2957 2981, 2984
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