ASCL introduces Diploma in Securities Law and Investment Management

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Investments are made with certain financial objectives, which should be defined clearly and be measurable in money terms. A person invests to meet his financial needs at a future date. Unless the investor is clear about his purpose of saving, his efforts would not result in the desired benefits.

For an investor to realize his financial needs, he has to take several factors into account like age, size of the family, needs of family members, his own expectations, etc. While this is obviously not as easy as it seems, the more difficult part is to decide where and how to invest.

The abysmally low rate of interest given by banks on fixed deposits has spurred the general public to invest in financial markets, which has seen tremendous growth since the Indian economy was liberalized in the 90s. However, the Indian financial market has been a veritable landmine for the retail investor where fraudsters like Harshad Mehta and Ketan Parikh have made investors lose everything in a matter of twenty-four hours.

In such a scenario, this course ushers the investor and the financial advisor through the legal quagmire which is the Indian financial market and makes him understand the intricacies of managing his investment. The course also throws light upon the foreign exchange risk management and foreign collaborations and joint ventures. The SEBI guidelines on the securities market as also the relevant provisions Companies Act, Securities (Contract) Regulation Act, the Depositories Act and the SEBI Act are also discussed.

The course is indispensable for any entity wanting to invest in the Indian Financial market as also any person who wants to enter this field in a consultative capacity, irrespective of the person being a professional in the legal or financial sector.

ASCL introduces Diploma in Law relating to Corporate Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring

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Mergers and acquisitions are the processes through which business organizations grow and restructure themselves for more profitability. Mergers and Acquisitions over the last 10 years have run at unprecedented levels. The deals cut across industry segments and in one stroke create conglomerates that have formidable market presence and reach.

Be it oil companies (Chevron Texaco and Unocal, 16.4 billion USD), FMCG companies (P&G and Gillette, 57 billion USD), pharma companies (Astra and Zeneca, 36 billion USD), media companies (AOL and Time Warner, 183 billion USD), computer hardware manufacturing companies (HP and Compaq, 25 billion USD), software companies (Oracle and Peoplesoft, 6.3 billion USD), athletic footwear and apparel companies (Adidas and Reebok, 3.8 billion USD) have all grown through mergers and acquisitions.

This course is designed to give students an insight into the legal aspects of mergers, acquisitions and restructuring, which corporate bodies adopt for streamlining and growth.

Beginning with an introduction to the relevant provisions of company law, the course moves ahead to focus on internal restructuring in which the concepts of share capital, employee stock options, buyback of shares and compromise agreements are discussed.

The course ends with a detailed discussion on the concepts involved in external restructuring where crucial concepts like due diligence and valuation of business are discussed. A look at de-mergers as a means of consolidation and streamlining clarifies the complex issue of restructuring further.

Law students and legal professionals will find this course extremely interesting and useful as it focuses on a very crucial area of corporate law whereas businessmen, finance and accounting professionals will find the course highly informative for the legal insight it provides into the hallowed world of mergers and acquisitions

ASCL introduces Diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to the range of procedures that serve as an alternative to settling disputes through the normal judicial system. Typically, in ADR, disputes are settled in a quick and cost-effective manner as the procedure followed is non-formal without strict adherence to procedural aspects. The government has also given a tremendous boost to the ADR system by establishing special tribunals and dispute settlement bodies by means of various Acts.

Thus, income tax cases are decided by Income Tax tribunals and banks approach Debt Recovery Tribunals to settle disputes regarding loans. Settlement of disputes through arbitration by an impartial third party is also a component of ADR.

Today the business community prefers ADR because the time and cost implications of ADR far outweigh that of settling disputes through the traditional court based system.

There exists substantial evidence to prove that the inclusion of arbitration and mediation clauses in commercial contracts help ensure disputes to be dealt with in a timely and cost effective manner. World over, current trends show the leaning of business organizations towards ADR procedures, effectively show-cased by the famous Anglo-Iranian Oil Company disputes and the Dabhol Power Project dispute.

This course is an introduction to various models of conflict resolution and to the spectrum of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options. Not only does it look at the various models of the ADR system in India like tax and industrial tribunals, it also gives an insight into the international law relating to arbitration. The course also includes drafting which make a participant familiar with the documentation involved in ADR.

The course, with its well structured modules covering every aspect of ADR is useful for law students who want to build their careers in ADR systems. Legal professionals who want to specialize in this field will also benefit immensely from this course as will business personnel who want to explore ADR as an alternative to traditional dispute resolution.

ASCL introduces Diploma in Business Laws

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Business law involves the regulations that business and commercial entities must follow to conduct business in India. This includes the required procedures in the formation of a business, the fiduciary duties that directors, officers, and shareholders are bound to, and the instrumental laws that guide the day-to-day activities of business and commercial entities.

Thus, anyone conducting a business or planning to conduct trade and commerce in India without being aware of the basic legal regulations that govern businesses is basically trying to traverse a mine field that can potentially cripple his initiatives.

Awareness about the law governing contracts, partnerships, companies, negotiable instruments like cheques, movable and immovable propertyand the rights of consumers are essential for any person involved in commercial transactions in India.

This course gives an insight into all the above aspects of law as prevalent in India currently. It also throws light on the law of arbitration, which has become an indispensable tool for dispute settlement in business.

This evergreen field of law opens up numerous opportunities for the law student in several practice areas such as contract law, property law and arbitration among others. The course will make students well grounded in the legal issues that regulate business transactions.

The course is equally important for any student studying commerce by making him understand the subject better as all commerce has its grounding in the legal rights enjoyed by a person. The course will also prove invaluable to anyone doing business in India as it gives a complete overview of the legal aspects governing business in India.

ASCL introduces Diploma in Patent Law, Practice & Procedure

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The importance of patents would, perhaps, be best highlighted by the fact that the most prestigious prize in the world, the Nobel Prize, was made possible because of a patent over dynamite granted to Alfred Nobel. Every aspect of human life has been pervaded by patented inventions, from electric lighting (patents held by Edison and Swan) and plastic (patents held by Baekeland), to ballpoint pens (patents held by Biro) and microprocessors (patents held by Intel).

The importance that companies attach to patents can be judged from the fact that IBM expects to file 3,250 patents this year and 64% of the total revenues of Philips come from patent royalties rather than from manufacturing. Pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer and Merck exist because of patents.

A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. In law, a patent is a property right and can be gifted, inherited, assigned, sold or licensed. Indian companies, which have traditionally never focused on patents, have no choice but to augment their research and development facilities and file for patents if they have to survive post 2005 in the WTO regulated trade environment.

The Diploma course in Patent law, Practice & Procedure is a comprehensive, career-oriented course that gives detailed insight into every aspect of patents in the current scenario. Starting with the historical background and moving through a primer on intellectual property rights, the course nudges a participant into the various intricacies of patent claims as well as deeds of assignment and licensing that are an integral part of patents. Additionally, the course also simplifies the concepts of filing under the Patent Co-operation Treaty and explains the development of the international patent system along with a detailed discussion on the legal principles governing infringement and piracy.

The course is designed in a manner, which equips a participant to exploit the numerous opportunities emerging in this field, be it drafting of claims, deeds of assignment and licensing, filing, handling patent related outsourcing jobs, or providing consultancy in matters of infringement and piracy.

ASCL introduces a Diploma in Intellectual Property Laws

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Diploma in Intellectual Property Laws, as the name suggests, is the creation and outcome of the human intellect. Rights attached to such creation of property from the human mind are referred to as intellectual property rights.

Thus, products (e.g., DVDs) are protected by patents, software (e.g., Windows) by copyright, goodwill (e.g., the logo of Mercedes Benz) by trademarks, appearance (design of a Rolex watch) by designs and spatial arrangements of the components on a microchip (Pentium IV) by semiconductor layout-designs.

The importance of intellectual property rights can be gauged from the fact that almost every country including India has specific laws to protect the various forms of intellectual property.

World commerce today is ruled by companies who have created and protected their intellectual property. No company embodies this better than Microsoft, which has been built entirely on the strength of its software programs which are protected through copyright. Protection of intellectual property has become so important that companies today carry out intellectual property audits to identify their intellectual wealth and form special departments to manage them.

The diploma course in intellectual property seeks to introduce the various forms of intellectual property and the legal provisions in place to protect them. It also throws light upon sticky issues in intellectual property protection like software and biotechnology patenting. Additionally, it also takes a look at the international arena through the initiatives taken by international organizations such as WIPO and WTO on intellectual property protection.

The course has been designed keeping in mind not only the law student but also the legal professional who wants to venture into this exciting field. Corporate and business organizations would also benefit immensely from this course as it would help them identify and harness the intellectual wealth produced by their organizations.

Course Syllabus

  1. Basic Concepts of Intellectual Property
  2. Patents
  3. Trademark and Geographical Indications
  4. Copyright
  5. Designs


To successfully complete the course, students are required to obtain a minimum of 40% of the marks in each of the assessments.


  • Distance Mode: Rs 9500
  • Students who have earlier completed a course from Asian School of Cyber Laws or ASCL Law School are eligible for a fee concession of Rs 1000 for the distance mode only. If you are availing this concession, please include a photocopy of the relevant ASCL certificate.