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AICTE & UGC Forces To Offer Cyber Security Courses


“The threat is advancing quicker than we can keep up with it. The threat changes faster than our idea of the risk. It’s no longer possible to write a large white paper about the risk to a particular system. You would be rewriting the white paper constantly…”

Based on today’s world and cyber crime incidents taking place, the AICTE (All India Council Of Technical Education) and UGC(University Grants Commission) are forcing all technical colleges and universities to introduce Cyber Security Courses as a part of the syllabus for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. Initially, this move was recommended by a national task force that was created to assess the national security system.

The Cabinet committee on Security (CCS) set up the task force and assigned them the responsibility of reviewing the current security mechanisms in the country, including the processes, practices and procedures. Based on the review, the task force then submitted a list of recommendations to strengthen the national security system. The AICTE is mainly targeting those colleges that are expanding their courses to include information technology and computer science. It has requested them to incorporate one of the four courses on Cyber security.

The four courses includes, Cyber Security, Information Technology (Information and Cyber Welfare), Biometrics and cyber security, Cyber Forensics and Information security for Postgraduate level. AICTE officials said that all institutes have been given a deadline for the end of month to apply for the new courses. The council was confident about the response to the course at postgraduate level. Cyber security experts are in huge demand all over the world. And hence, India should leverage its advantage of having the best IT expertise.

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