A new course in Cyber Law and Cyber Forensics by National Law University

As the scope of eCommerce grows in our country, so does the need for experts in Cyber Law and Cyber Forensics. There has been a spurt of internet frauds, with sophisticated versions on the rise. The folks are confused whether to trust internet for onlinebanking, online shopping or various other areas, where personal financial data has to be shared.

At the same time, it is difficult to be part of the world, without being connected to the internet. The challenge is more for senior citizens who are perplexed by the intricacies of eCommerce. Hence, a new breed of professionals with expertise in Cyber Law and Cyber Forensics, can play a key role in development of Safe ePayments.

The simple definition of computer forensics:

… is the art and science of applying computer science to aid the legal process. Although plenty of science is attributable to computer forensics, most successful investigators possess a nose for investigations and a skill for solving puzzles, which is where the art comes in. – Chris L.T. Brown, Computer Evidence Collection and Preservation, 2006

The simple definition of Cyber Lawyering :

Cyberlaw or Internet law is a term that encapsulates the legal issues related to use of the Internet. It is less a distinct field of law than intellectual property or contract law, as it is a domain covering many areas of law and regulation. Some leading topics include internet access and usage, privacy, freedom of expression, and jurisdiction.

“Computer law” is a third term which tends to relate to issues including both Internet law and the patent and copyright aspects of computer technology and software. (Source Wikepedia)

In essence, cyber law is an attempt to integrate the challenges presented by human activity on the Internet with legacy system of laws applicable to the physical world.

To address the need of the eCommerce practitioners to be equipped with skills in Cyber Law and Cyber Forensics, ‘The National Law School of India’, has introduced a new course i.e POST-GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CYBER LAW & CYBER FORENSICS (PGDCLCF)


The National Law School of India University, oldest of the ‘law Schools’, well known for its role in ‘redefining’ the legal education in India; and is sponsored by the Bar Council of India, the Professional Regulatory Body for Law is furthering its mandate of attempting ‘Social change’ by imparting legal education through Distance Education Programmes also.

The Distance Education Programmes are designed to empower the interested candidates in expanding and deepening their legal Knowledge in a globalized world. One of the attractive features of this courses, are that there is no age barrier. Any interested graduate may enroll.

Details of PGDCLCF:


  • Paper I :  Introduction to Law & Legal Systems
  • Paper II:  Law of Cyber Crimes in India
  • Paper III: Laws of Cyber Space
  • Paper IV: Cyber Crimes and the Society
  • Paper V: Dissertation
  • Candidates are expected to write 100 marks in-class examination for each paper.
  • Annual examination is held in June and the supplementary examination in December/January. Grading system is followed for evaluation of performance.
  • Minimum B grade (50% marks) is required to pass a paper.
  • A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.00 is necessary to complete the course.



The Tata Defence Welfare Corpus – All scholarships amount to be disbursed via NEFT only.

The Tata group to acknowledge the sacrifices made by Defence personnel in the line of duty constituted  ‘The Tata Defence Welfare Corpus’,  in the wake of the Kargil war, to help Indian soldiers maimed in combat rebuild their lives.

The TDWC is the Tata’s’ way of repaying, in some small measure, the debt of gratitude we owe our fighting men

Tata Defence Welfare Corpus (TDWC) was created, back in 1999, in the aftermath of the Kargil clash between India and Pakistan.

The Corpus was supported generously by different Tata companies, with every Group employee contributing a day’s salary to the fund, which raised Rs12 crore. A management committee comprising three Tata people — Tata Industries director Sujit Gupta, SN Batliwalla, of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, and SK Bharucha, a nominee of the Trust — and representatives of the army, navy and air force was constituted to look after the affairs of the Corpus.

Since the sum was substantial, it was decided not to merge it with the umbrella Armed Forces Welfare Fund. The money, now maintained with the Adjutant General‘s Office in New Delhi.

Every year 80 per cent of income earned by the Corpus is used to assist injured soldiers and their near ones; the rest is ploughed back to the fund to meet exigencies. The original objective of the Corpus was to give grants for higher education to the children and widows of those killed in action in Kargil. That idea was limiting, since those killed or maimed in Kargil had, for the most part, young children who were still in school.


Following a review of this position, the following changes in the objectives of the fund were agreed to by the armed forces and Tata Group representatives: That the fund should benefit those involved in the Bangladesh War (1972) and onwards.

That the income of the Corpus be utilised for grants to members of the army, navy and air force — and not just the army, as earlier envisioned — in the proportion of 85, 10 and 5 per cent

Much good has already been done with the resources generated from the TADC fund, but much more needs to be done — and can be done.

The best aspect of the TDWC is that all the scholarships will be disbursed through the electronic mode only. NEFT has been the chosen electronic transfer channel.