Syllabus - Laws for Engineers
Constitutional Law: The Preamble; Fundamental Rights; Directive principles of State policy; Fundamental Duties; Emergency provisions– kinds, legal requirements and legal effects.
General Principles of Contract under Indian Contract Act, 1872: General principles of contract– Sec. 1 to 75 of Indian Contract Act and including Government as contracting party, Kinds of government contracts and dispute settlement, Standard form contracts; nature, advantages, unilateral character, principles of protection against possibility of exploitation, judicial approach to such contracts, exemption clauses, clash between two standard form contracts.
Introduction to Human Rights: Theoretical foundation, Historical development of human rights; Human Rights in Indian tradition and Western tradition; Covenant on Civil & Political Rights 1966 including Optional Protocol – I (Individual Complaint Mechanism) & Optional
Protocol – II (Abolition of Death Penalty); Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 1966 including Optional Protocol – I (2002).
Enforcement of Human Rights in India including Supreme Court, High Courts, Statutory Commissions– NHRC, NCW, NCM, NC-SC/ST etc.
Labour Laws: Industrial Disputes Act, 1947; Collective bargaining; Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946; Workmens Compensation Act, 1923.
Right to Information Act, 2005: Evolution and concept; Practice and procedures; Official Secret Act, 1923; Indian Evidence Act, 1872.
Information Technology– legislation and procedures, Cyber crimes – issues and investigations.
Law relating to Intellectual property: Introduction–meaning of intellectual property, main forms of IP, Copyright, Trademarks, Patents and Designs, Secrets; International instruments on IP – Berne convention, Rome convention, TRIPS, Paris convention and international organizations relating IPRs, WTO etc;
Law relating to Copyright in India, Meaning of copyright– literary, dramatics and musical works, sound records and cinematographic films, computer programs, Ownership of copyrights, Criteria of infringement, Piracy in Internet – Remedies and procedures in India.
Law relating to Trademarks under Trademark Act, 1999 including Rationale of protection of trademarks as Commercial aspect and Consumer rights, Trademarks, registration, procedures, Distinction between trademark and property mark, Doctrine of deceptive similarity, Passing off an infringement and remedies.
Law relating to Patents under Patents Act, 1970, Patentable inventions with special reference to biotechnology products, Patent protection for computer programs, Process of obtaining patent –application, examination, opposition and sealing of patents, Patent cooperation treaty and grounds for opposition, Rights and obligations of patentee, Duration of patents– law and policy considerations, Infringement and related remedies.
Corporate Law: Meaning of corporation; Law relating to companies, public and private (Companies Act, 1956) general provisions; Law and multinational companies – International norms for control, FEMA 1999, Corporate liability, civil and criminal.
Election provisions under Indian Constitution (Art.324–329): Representation of Peoples Act and Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988; Superintendence, directions and control of elections to be vested in Election Commission; Election to the house of people and to the legislative assemblies of States to be on the basis of adult suffrage. Candidate electoral rights.