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About the Course

Not a day goes by without someone somewhere clamouring for personal rights of choice or privacy, food or clean water and air, rights against all forms of abuse and exploitation, rights of self-determination or political asylum etc. Serious human rights violations caused by the upsurge of racism, casteism, sexism, xenophobia, political insurgencies, terrorism, religious intolerance, etc. have resulted in countless loss of lives and show us that the world is far from civilized. Large scale deaths, violence, wars atrocities and torture continue unabated despite world opposition, UN sanctions, protests and in breach of International Law. Recognising the same, the HURT (Human Rights) Foundation was established in the year 1992, with the aim and philosophy of improving and bettering human lives and mitigating the suffering of those in need of care and attention. The Foundation enlisted the support and help of eminent jurists, distinguished academicians, social reformers, and various welfare organizations to focus on the problems of Human Rights violation of at different levels, through its continuous educational programs on the subject. To achieve its objectives, it has also conducted national level conferences and lectures attended by eminent persons, who have dedicated their lives to the cause of establishing a free and just society. The Foundation has been able to bring about greater public awareness and sensitization of human values and human rights issues through many of its programs.

Objectives of the Course

Hurt Foundation and Government Law College, Mumbai offers a 3-month Certificate Program in Human Rights that covers the philosophy, evolution and fundamental issues in Human Rights law and politics, as one of its popular programs. The focus of the Course is to create awareness about the protection of the self, the available mechanisms for protection and enforcement of Human Rights in general and the work of international institutions in giving policy direction to Human Rights. The course also aims to impart knowledge to work effectively in a wide range of related areas, both for those who work in the field and off it, as well as those interested in enhancing their knowledge in legal, political, sociological and ethical theory. The primary goal is to enable the participants to think critically and understand the intricacies of Human Rights, to make the world a better place.

Structure of the Course

The Course is to be taught in a series of two days a week (Friday & Saturday), over two-hour sessions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (except on public holidays). The Course methodology is structured to enhance advocacy and good practice of Human Rights. Following subjects and topics are covered in this course:

Module 1: Human Rights- Concept, Development, Evolution
• Philosophical, Sociological and Political debates
• Benchmarks of Human Rights Movement
Module 2: Human Rights and the Indian Constitution
• Constitutional framework
• Fundamental Rights & Duties
• Directive Principles of State Policy
• Welfare State – Welfare Schemes
Module 3: Human Rights & State Mechanisms
• Police & Human Rights
• Judiciary & Human Rights
• Prisons & Human Rights
• National and State Human Rights Commissions
• Rights of Victims

Module 4: Human Rights and the International scene
• UN Documents
• International Mechanism (UN & Regional)
• International Criminal Court
Module 5: Human Rights of the Marginalised Sections
• Women
• Children
• Unorganised Sector
• Social Minorities
• Gender Minorities
Module 6: Human Rights & Health
• Right to Health
• Disability & Human Rights
• Organ Transplant
• Euthanasia

Module 7: Human Rights & Environment
• Globalization & Development
• Resources & Subsistence Rights
• Environmental Movement (NGO’s & GO initiatives)
Module 8: Citizen’s Role and Civil Society
• Social Movements
• Civil Society Organizations
• Public Interest Litigation
• Right to Information
• Role of the Media
Module 9: Contemporary Issues
• Corruption
• Capital Punishment
• Crimes against Humanity
• (Torture, Genocide, Terrorism, Naxalism)
• Refugees & Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Participants will have to submit assignments on time and score the pass percentage to be eligible for the Certificate. Non-submission or failing to score minimum marks will be treated as non-fulfilment of the basic requirements for the course.

• Assignment 1: (1500 words) – 100 marks
• Assignment 2: (2000 words) – 100 marks
• Assignment 3: (2000 words) – 100 marks

In order to qualify for the Certificate, a candidate must obtain a minimum 45% of marks in all the components of evaluation as well as have an attendance of 75%. Plagiarism of any kind will be considered as non-submission and lead to non-fulfillment of the basic requirements for the course.

Eligibility: Graduation in any discipline.

Duration: The duration of the course is 3 months.

Mode of Classes: Interactive online live classes will be held using a video conferencing app like Zoom etc. Participants will get a chance to ask their questions and clear their doubts during the class or in the portals provided for discussions.


Application Procedure and Fee

The entire course fee is Rs.4500/- per participant and Rs. 100/- for the Prospects & Application Form. Applicants will have to make a payment to the account mentioned below & send the proof of payment to with the subject “Fee Payment: PGCCHR 2020”.
The fee once deposited will not be refunded.

Bank Details

Name: Hurt Foundation
Account Number: 001720110000549
IFSC: BKID0000017
Bank of Inida, D.N. Road Branch

Course Advisory Committee

Justice Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
Former Judge, Bombay High Court
Former Chairman, Mah. Adm. Tribunal
Mr. Subhash Avate – (IPS)
Former Additional Director General of Police.
Mr. Kumar Ketkar
Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)
Ex-Chief Editor, Dainik Divya Bhaskar, Marathi
Fr. Dr. Frazer Mascarenhas, S J
Former Principal, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
Dr. Kannamma S. Raman
Former Reader, Department of Civics & Politics,
University of Mumbai
Dr. Mahesh Bhagwat
Associate Professor – Mithibai College, Mumbai
Ms. Anuradha Maheshwari
Adv. & Consultant
Dr. Ruchi Sinha
Associate Professor,
Centre for Criminology & Justice, TISS
Adv. Zarina Y. Farooqui
Course Co-ordinator & Secretary-General
Hurt Foundation

Course Conceptualisation

This course was conceptualised by Late Justice Hosbet Suresh, Former Judge of Bombay High Court. He may no more be with us, but his legacy continues to guide us in this endeavour.

Download the application form here.

You will be required to take a printout of the form and email a scanned copy to after filling in the details and signing the form.