Administrative Law

By Dr Deepak Kumar Chauhan   |   Department of Law | Central University of Punjab, Bathinda
Learners enrolled: 4200
The modern state governs in the traditional sense i.e., it maintains law and order, adjudicates upon disputes and regulates economic and social life of individuals and groups in the state. At the same time, it is also the provider of essential services. In the event of need occasioned by unforeseen hazards of life in a complex society, it engages itself in giving relief and helps the citizenry towards self-reliance. This course on administrative law emphasizes on understanding the structure and modus operandi of administration and its application principles. It must take note of developmental perspectives and attainment of social-welfare objectives through bureaucratic process. It should go into matters, which make easy or hinder the attainment of the objectives of administrative law. Though in the matter of protection of rights of individuals against administration the role of courts cannot be minimized, it is no less important to know the advantages of informal methods of settlement. Many new methods of grievance redressal have been devised which are not only efficacious but also inexpensive and less time consuming. Remedies available for administrative deviance need a critical study and evaluation in the context of realities. Therefore, this course has been designed with the following learning outcomes:
1.   Salient features of the law distinct from the Constitutional Law.
2.   Fundamental principles followed to render justice i.e., principles of natural justice, their kinds and exceptions.
3.   The reasons and evolution of delegated legislation and its functioning authorities within the ambit of the power conferred to them.
4.   The functioning of the special bodies constituted as alternative means for administering justice viz., Administrative Tribunals, Ombudsman, Lokayuktas, Lokpal etc.
All in all, there are 40 modules in this MOOC wherein 12 subject matter experts from esteemed universities and national law schools across the country have delivered their lectures. This MOOC shall run for around three months.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Law
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 31 Jan 2023
End Date : 30 Apr 2023
Enrollment Ends : 15 Mar 2023
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Week - 01

Definition, Nature, Scope and Growth of Administrative Law

Theory of Droit Administratif and Conseil d' Etat 

Relationship Between Constitutional Law and Administrative Law

Week – 02

Development of Administrative Law in India, USA and UK

Government Privileges: Means and Methods 

Official Secrecy and Access to Information 

Week – 03

Principles of Natural Justice

Administrative Discretionary Powers and Procedural Fairness

Introduction to Audi Alteram Partem: An Attribute of Natural Justice

Judicial Approach towards Audi Alteram Partem in India

Week – 04

Liability of the State in Torts and Contract

General Statutory Remedies against Administrative Actions

Governmental Privileges Position in England, USA and India

Week – 05

Right to Information, 2005

Doctrine of Legitimate Expectation

Doctrine of Proportionality and Wednesbury Principles

Week – 06

Separation of Powers

Rule of Law (Part- I)

Rule of Law (Part- II)

Delegation of Legislative Powers and Control

Week – 07

Doctrine of Bias

Lokpal and Lokayuktas: The Indian’s Ombudsman

Third Limb of Natural Justice: Reasoned Decisions

Week – 08

Modes of Judicial Review of Administrative Actions

Right to Information: A Tool for Good Governance 

Discipline and Disciplinary Procedure in Labour Laws: An Administrative Law Perspective 

Week – 09

Judicial Control over Administrative Actions – Remedies for Administrative Wrongs and Exclusion of Judicial Review 

Locus Standi and Public Interest Litigation

Nature and Scope of Administrative Functions 

Laches, Res Judicata and Doctrine of Alternative Remedies 

Week – 10

Civil Servants in 21st Century India

Doctrine of Pleasure and the Constitution of India

Privatisation of Public Corporations

Week – 11

Administrative Adjudication - I

Administrative Adjudication – II

Administrative Bodies and Their Powers

Week – 12

Administrative Tribunals

Judicial Control – Liabilities and Accountabilities of State

Concept of Public Undertaking

Public Sector Undertaking – Regulatory Framework in India

Books and references

M.P. Jain and S.N. Jain, Principles of Administrative Law, Lexis Nexis (Wadhawa, Nagpur, 2017).

I.P. Massey, Administrative Law (Eastern Book Company, Lucknow, 10th edition, 2022).

C.K. Takwani, Lectures on Administrative Law  (Eastern Book Company, Lucknow, 7th Edition, 2021).

S.P. Sathe, Administrative Law  (Lexis Nexis, Butterworths, 2004, 7th Edition, 2004).

W. Wade and C. Forsyth, Administrative Law (Oxford University Press, 11th Edition, 2014).

D.D Basu and S.P.S. Gupta, Administrative Law  (Kamal Law House, Kolkata, 7th Edition, 2019).

N. Parpworth, Constitutional and Administrative Law, (Oxford University Press, 12th  Edition, 2022).

P. P. Craig, Administrative Law( Sweet & Maxwell, 5th edition, 2003).

D. Foulkes, Administrative Law (Butterworths, 8th  edition, 1995)

M.C. Jain Kagzi, The Indian Administrative Law (Universal Law Publishing Company Pvt. Ltd, 7th edition, 2016).

U.P.D. Kesari, Administrative Law (Central Law Publication, Allahabad, 21st edition, 2016).

C K Thakker, Administrative Law (Eastern Book Company, 2nd edition, Reprint with Supplement 2022).

A B Kafaltiya, Textbook on Administrative Law (Lexis Nexis, 1st edition, 2016).

Sunita Zalpuri, ‘Training Package of Administrative Law’, available at:  https://dopttrg.nic.in/otrainingStatic/UNDPProject/undp_modules/Administrative%20Law%20N%20DLM.pdf  (last visited on July 29, 2021).

Administrative Law: Conceptual Analysis Issues and Prospects, available at: http://niu.edu.in/slla/Introduction-To-Admin-Law.pdf (last visited on March 21, 2022).

K.I. Vibhute ‘Administrative Tribunals and the High Courts: A Plea for Judicial Review’, 524- 546 Indian Law Institute, Journal of the Indian Law Institute , October-December 1987, Vol. 29, No. 4 (October-December 1987).

S.  N.  Jain,  ‘Trends   and   Development  in  Administrative  Law  in  India’, available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/764236 (last visited on March 21, 2022).

J.K Shah, ‘Administrative Law’, available at: https://www.jkshahclasses.com/announcement/chapter_15.pdf  (last visited on Jan 29, 2021).

Ishwor Thapa, ‘Administrative Law: Concept, Definition, Nature, Scope and Principle and its Sources’, available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/347514733_Administrative_Law_Concept_Definition_Nature_Scope_and_Principle_and_its_Sources. (last visited on Jan 28, 2022).

Upendra Baxi, ‘The Rule of Law in India’, Sur vol.3 no.se São Paulo 2007,  available at: http://socialsciences.scielo.org/pdf/s_sur/v3nse/scs_a01.pdf (last visited on Jan 26, 2022).

Tej Bahadur Singh, ‘Principle of Separation of Powers and Concentration of Authority’, Published in Institute’s Journal march 1996, available at:  http://ijtr.nic.in/articles/art35.pdf (last visited on Jan 20, 2022).

Instructor bio

Dr Deepak Kumar Chauhan

Department of Law | Central University of Punjab, Bathinda
Professor (Dr.) Deepak Kumar Chauhan is a teacher and scholar in Constitutional Law and Governance, and Environmental Law. He holds a master's degree in Law from Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra and completed his LL.D. from CCS University Meerut in 2010.He is the founding faculty member at Department of Law, School of Legal Studies, Central University of Punjab. He has published one book (edited) and a good number of research papers of international repute. He has a couple of research projects with the Ministry of Consumers Affairs (Department of Food and Civil Supply), Ministry of Social Justice (NISD), to his credit as well. He is an author of e- content modules on Environmental Law. Under his supervision many Ph.D., and LLM scholars have completed their research degrees. Besides academics he is also involved in the administrative work of the university, like NSS Programme coordinator, (Former) Head of the Department, (Former) Public Information officer. Prof. Deepak is on the Board of Management, IQAC, School Board, editorial board of some journals and has been an invited speaker at conferences, seminars, expert lectures in reputed institutions, academic Programmes. He has developed a 12 weeks MOOC on Administrative Law.

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30% for in-course assessment and 70% for end term online exam.

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