Countering cyber threat: UGC, AICTE to introduce cyber security courses
Jaipur: In an attempt to minimise increasing incidents of cyber crimes in state and to raise awareness among the students, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have asked the technical colleges and universities to create and introduce cyber security courses as a part of the syllabus for undergraduate and post-graduate students.
The move comes on the advice of the task force of the national security system. The force was set up by the cabinet committee on security and was mandated to review existing process, procedures and practices in the national security and to suggest measures to strengthen the security and to make students aware of such activities.
When contacted Rajasthan Technical University (RTU) officials claimed there are courses of cyber security in some streams. However, if UGC mandates, new courses in all courses will be introduced.
“I haven’t gone through the circular. If it mandates to introduce new courses, it will be done, as we are anyway going to change our syllabus. We already have cyber courses in the streams such as IT and others too,” said Prof RP Yadav, vice-chancellor, RTU.
A source said all institutes have been given a deadline to apply for new courses.
UGC\'s directive comes on the advice of Cabinet committee.