ILS-WHO International Diploma in Mental Health, Human Rights and Law: 1 Year Duration | Apply by July 31

ILS Law College Pune is offering an international diploma in mental health law in collaboration with WHO, in Human Rights Law and Policy in collaboration with VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Course Details

The Diploma is a one-year course. The Indian Law Society (ILS) will award the Diploma, a registered public charitable trust which runs ILS law College, Pune.

After confirmation of admission, the students are expected to go through the reading/study material, which will be available on the web-board, using password-controlled access to the material.

Students will also be provided with the overall core texts for the overall diploma, including the WHO Resource Book on Mental Health, Human Rights and Legislation as well as other core documents.

Online activity will commence on 10th September 2015 when the students start work on Modules 1 & 2 (see later) of the course. Students are expected to read the course work notes for Modules 1 & 2 and complete quiz questionnaires by 10th October 2015.

The first residential session starts on 26th October 2015.During this residential session students shall attend campus lectures and workshops for 2 weeks. The residential session ends of 7th November 2015.

The second residential session lasts for one week and is at the end of the course (November 2016), to complete projects and examinations and award of the Diploma.

Between these two residential sessions, students return home where they are required to complete one module per month online. This involves completing study exercises and other homework assignments related to the module and posted on the web-board.

In addition, students complete a Project on a topic related to mental health, law and human rights. Each student will be assigned to a supervisor who will help in selection of the project area and provide an on-going supervision.

In addition, one or two supervisors will also be allocated a specific module to supervise and be responsible for marking the homework assignments for that module as well as providing guidance and answering the questions of students on issues arising from it.


Minimum graduate qualification from any recognized university in any of the following subjects: Law, Medicine or Psychiatry, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work or other Social Science, Natural Science disciplines.


Tuition fees for all students are USD 7000.

A limited number of students, of Indian origin and residing in India, will be offered a substantially reduced tuition fee or in some cases a complete exemption from payment of tuition fees, based on economic criteria.

Tuition fees include course books, printed materials. Course fees do not include travel costs, accommodation and other subsistence expenses.

How to Apply

The duly completed admission form may be submitted online or a printed copy may be completed and sent by post or faxed to the given number. It must accompany all relevant documents including:

a. Certified copy of the graduate/post graduate degree (scanned)

b. A written statement of purpose not more than 250 words.

c. Two Letters of Recommendation

d. Letter from sponsoring organisation (if applicable)

Important Dates

Last date for receiving applications: July 31, 2015

Final Confirmation of admission: August 15, 2015

Last date for payment of fees: August 31, 2015

Documents to Download:

The Course Prospectus is HERE.

The Application Form is HERE.

More information is HERE.

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