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Swayam Central

Human Rights in India

By Prof. (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy   |   O.P. Jindal Global University
Course Objective: 
In-depth insight into the constitutional, statutory and institutional aspects of human rights protection in India.
Covers constitutional provisions dealing with human rights and special legislations dealing with protection of vulnerable and marginalized groups. 
Discussion on institutional framework in India dealing with protection and enforcement of human rights.

Learning Outcomes:   By the end of the course students should be able to: 
1. Demonstrate a good understanding of the provisions under the Constitution of India dealing with human rights. 
2. Display a good understanding of the nature and scope of special legislations dealing with protection of human rights of marginalized and vulnerable sections. 
3. Demonstrate a good understanding of the practical application of human rights law to specific human rights problems in India. 
4. Analyze complex human rights problems and apply relevant provisions of human rights law in India to a hypothetical situation/case study and a theoretical knowledge of the underpinnings of the human rights framework in India, its operation and issues associated with its implementation.

Learners enrolled: 2361

SUMMARY

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 15 Jan 2020
End Date : 30 Apr 2020
Exam Date : 09 May 2020
Enrollment Ends : 08 Mar 2020
Category :
  • Law
  • Level : Postgraduate

    COURSE LAYOUT

    Week 1

    1. Introduction to National Human Rights Protection System 

    2. Human Rights Provisions in the Constitution-I 

    3. Human Rights Provisions in the Constitution-II


    Week 2:

    4. Directive Principles of State Policy and Fundamental Duties 

    5. Relationship between Constitutional Law and International Human Rights Law 


    Week 3:

    6. Introduction to Public Interest Litigation

    7. PIL – Prisoner’s Rights 


    Week 4:

    8. PIL – Environment I 

    9. PIL – Environment II


    Week5:

    10. PIL – Gender Justice 

    11. PIL – Bonded Labour 

    12. Human Rights Courts in India


    Week 6:

    13. Role of Legislature in the Protection of Human Rights 

    14. Role of Executive in the Protection of Human Rights 

    15. Introduction to Paris Principles


    Week 7:

    16. Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 

    17. National Human Rights Commission 

    18. Activities of the National Human Rights Commission 

    19. Critical evaluation of the National Human Rights Commission


    Week 8:

    20. National Commission for Women - I 

    21. National Commission for Women - II 

    22. National Commission for Scheduled Castes - I


    Week 9:

    23. National Commission for Scheduled Castes - II 

    24. National Commission for Scheduled Tribes - I 

    25. National Commission for Scheduled Tribes - II


    Week 10:

    26. National Commission for Minorities - I 

    27. National Commission for Minorities - II


    Week 11:

    28. National Commissions for Protection of Child Rights – I 

    29. National Commission for Protection of Child Rights - II 

    30. Legal framework for the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities


    Week 12:

    31. Office of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities 

    32. National Safai Karamchari Commission 

    33. Right to Information Act


    Week 13:

    34. Central Information Commission 

    35. National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic & Semi-Nomadic Tribes 

    36. Role of Higher Educational Institutions & Trade Unions in the Protection of Human Rights


    Week 14:

    37. Role of NGOs in the Protection of Human Rights - I 

    38. Role of NGOs in the Protection of Human Rights – II


    Week 15:

    39. Role of NGOs in the Protection of Human Rights - III 

    40. Role of Media in the Protection of Human Rights

    BOOKS AND REFERENCES

    INSTRUCTOR BIO

    Prof. (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy

    O.P. Jindal Global University

    Dr. Y.S.R. Murthy is presently working as the Professor and Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights Studies in the O.P. Jindal Global University, National Capital Region of Delhi, India. Prior to it, he served in the National Human Rights Commission of India in various capacities for over 12 years including as the Director, Policy Research, Programmes and Projects Division. He spearheaded the Commission’s advocacy and monitoring efforts, among others, in the areas of public health, HIV/AIDS and rights of persons with disabilities.  As a civil servant, he also held a number of responsible and sensitive assignments including as the Director, Media and Communications in the Prime Minister’s Office, President’s Secretariat and Cabinet Secretariat from 2005-07.


    His books on `Halsbury’s Laws of India - Human Rights’ and `Human Rights Handbook’ were published by LexisNexis Butterworths.  He edited NHRC’s Annual Journal on Human Rights for several years. He holds a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Statistics from the University of Madras, M.A. degree in Human Rights from the University of London (recipient of British Chevening Fellowship) and Ph.D. degree from the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai.


    In addition to his regular responsibilities, Professor Murthy is also working as the Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd), O.P. Jindal Global University. He has also been elected as the Vice President of Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) for a three year term from 2018 – 21 and serves on the Executive Council of the All India Law Teachers’ Congress (AILTC). He is an Advisor to the All India Network of NGOs and Individuals working with National and State Human Rights Institutions (AINNI). He is Executive Board Member of International Forum on Crime and Criminal Law in the Global Era (IFCCLGE)-India. He is also a National Coordinator of SWAYAM MOOCs.

    COURSE CERTIFICATE

    The course certification will be in the fulfillment of obtaining passing marks 40% in  both - Internal assessment and proctored exam respectively
    The weight-age of Internal assessment shall be 30% and Proctored Exam shall be 70%

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