The Seventh Semester provides for one optional paper with a choice of three subjects. Although all three subjects aid in broadening the horizons of a law student in significant ways, one must opt for the one which does justice to their aptitude as well as their interests. In an attempt to help the upcoming fourth years, TBP has come up with a post which specifically provides for the individual experiences of students’ who have studied these subjects.
The choices for the Optional Paper V are as follows :
a) Law Relating to Information Technology and Right to Information
b) Banking Law
c) Health Law
Law Relating to Information Technology and Right to Information – Shavya Mehta
‘The syllabus for “Law Relating to Information Technology and Right to Information”, as the name suggests comprises of two acts, i.e., the Information Technology Act, 2000 and the Right to Information Act, 2005. As far as the IT Act is concerned it’s slightly technical since it deals with electronic documents and digital signatures, but on the whole it’s an interesting law to study. The study material isn’t hard to find. The bare act in fact, is sufficient. The scope of IT Act is also pretty good since it’s a contemporary law. Coming to the RTI Act, 2005, the syllabus has a little bit of theory like the historical background and its link with our constitution apart from the bare provisions of the act. Again, the notes aren’t hard to find. The bare act is adequate to study from and as far as the theory is concerned it can all be found on the internet.
It’s a fairly easy subject and is pretty scoring.’
Banking Law – Pooja Kapoor
‘Banking Law in the seventh semester gives you a basic gist of what a bank is, how they were developed, its types, various relationships and obligations to its customers. It is not a very difficult subject if you have a good grasp of the basic concepts given under contract laws. Though the subject is not as scoring as the other two options, it is interactive as well as relatable. The added advantage to this option is that there is a banking law book by R. N. Chaudhary which is more than enough to cover the syllabus. As far as classroom teaching goes, half of the things were covered in class by Ramneek ma’am, who made the subject interesting for us. The seventh semester’s electives are not referred to in the later semesters, so any of the options may be chosen as per choice in order to enhance your knowledge in the particular domain.’
Law on Health – Gurnoor Singh Sandhu
My primary consideration to choose health law as an optional subject was based on the fact that it gives the student a conspectus about the relevance of law in the field of medical practise.
To exemplify the same, one can take the instance of human organ donation & transplantation, pre-natal diagnostics, medical negligence, medical termination of pregnancy etc and the need to regularise the procedure concerning the same.
All though the aforementioned instances are acts that are to be performed by the medical experts and doctors, however considering the scope for misuse & abuse by the medical professionals the legislature has enacted various Acts, Rules and Regulations, a conjoint reading of which provides for the legal framework regulating the powers and providing the duties of medical professionals.
Secondly, Health Law as a subject provides an introduction to Medical Jurisprudence i.e., the branch of law relating to medicine and medical practise. Medical Jurisprudence is a subject of paramount importance for a student who aims to pursue criminal litigation, especially at the Trial Courts.
Lastly, the nature of the syllabi of this optional subject is such that most of the topics, one can fathom with, if he has been regularly reading the newspapers or is aware of the current affairs. For instance the Supreme Court and the High Courts are often seen interpreting the provisions of Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 which provides for the law on abortion and also constitutes a part of the Health Law syllabus.
This guide was created by Aafreen Choudhary (3rd Year) and Kainat Singh (3rd Year)