The International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution ( ICADR )
( a Society working under the aegis of Ministry of Law and Justice, Govt. of India ) and NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
( A University of Law established under the A.P. Act No. 34 of 1998 )
Announce NALSAR University admissions for eighth batch of Post Graduate Diploma in alternative dispute resolution ( Proximate Education ) ( 2012 )
Arrears in the courts and legal delays have been the concern of everyone. Mediation, Conciliation, Arbitration and Negotiation can help resolution of disputes quickly, simultaneously reduce the arrears and delays in the courts, besides costs. The Supreme Court and the High Courts in our country are actively encouraging adoption of these methods. This development has created a need and demand for professionally trained Mediators, Conciliators and Arbitrators.
The ICADR recognized by the High Court of Andhra Pradesh has been imparting training in ADR methods in collaboration with NALSAR University of Law through the Post Graduate Diploma in ADR (Proximate Education). It has a comprehensive syllabus designed by NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. It includes Simulation Exercises and Contact Classes. So far it has successfully completed 7 Batches. After the completion of the course, the successful candidates will be awarded P.G.Diplomas by NALSAR University of Law. They can then be employed by the courts for the purpose of Section 89 of CPC, besides practising independently.
The minimum eligibility for the diploma is Graduation. NALSAR University Admissions are now open for the eighth batch for the academic year 2012. Contact Classes will be held at Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other places depending upon the availability of minimum number of candidates.
Interested candidates may obtain the Prospectus – cum – Application form from the Secretary, ICADR, for further details,
Opp, Gandhi Bhavan,
M.J. Road, Hyderabad-500001
Phone No : 040-24745165 / 24731514 / 24653892 / 24657588,
by payment of 250 / – either in cash or by Demand Draft / Pay Order drawn in favour of ICADR payable at Hyderabad. The application form duly filled in should be submitted to ICADR on or before 20th January, 2012.
NALSAR offers New Course for Legal Assistants
The National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad, is planning to submit a proposal to the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry to start a new regular course for legal assistants of lawyers (para – legals).
The duration of the program and the course content will be finalised by the faculty committee.
The proposal to start the course is most likely to be sent to the HRD Ministry in the next 3 – 4 months for approval and financial assistance, said Veer Singh, Vice – Chancellor of the university.
Explaining the details of the course and its purpose, Mr. Singh said, “Para – legals are not professional lawyers. But they will be taught basic courses in law, and are trained as mediators, conciliators, negotiators and counsellors to help settle disputes including land disputes.”
The course, which is likely to be a certificate course of six – month duration or a one – year long diploma course or both, will encourage those who have a minimum qualification of a pass in Plus Two and above to pursue legal studies.
Presently there are many vocational training programs for legal assistants including a Bachelor’s degree course and a few certificate programmes that are offered online by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
According to Mr. Singh, NALSAR has trained about 400 para – legals working in Legal Assistance Program for Land (LAPL). Impressed by the initiatives of NALSAR students, the Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP), under the Department of Rural Development, Andhra Pradesh, had invited the students to pilot a legal – aid program to resolve the land issues of the poor, Mr. Singh said.
With its success, SERO introduced LAPL to help the rural poor in getting their land problems resolved. “Till date, the program was successful in helping about three lakh poor people get secure access to land,” Mr. Singh said.