With the increasing use of technologies these days, there has been a substantial increase in cyber-crime incidents nowadays. In the view of cyber security, the University Grants Commission (UGC) in its latest circular has instructed universities and colleges across the country to prepare a calendar of events and organise awareness campaigns, regular competitions, hackathons, and workshops on cyber security/crime on campuses. These workshops and events will skill students to counter or deal with new-age crimes, said the Commission.
The UGC has also directed the universities and colleges to conduct these events at regular intervals by following the Covid-19 protocols and social distancing norms in their respective educational institutions. The universities and colleges have been asked to share the action taken by them on the issue of cyber security on the University Activity Portal of the UGC.
Earlier in February 2021, the UGC had requested the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)) to strengthen cyber security to tackle the unforeseen challenges of cyber-crimes. The Commission had also asked HEIs to develop an ecosystem for cyber security in their respective campuses.
UGC circular read, “It is once again requested to give wide publicity amongst students, faculty and stakeholders about the initiatives of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (l4C) of Ministry of Home Affairs MHA’s twitter handle @CyberDost, the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal which provide updates and advisories at regular intervals for prevention of cyber-crimes.”
Following the circular released by the commission, the UGC has requested the general public as well as students, staff, and stakeholders to take part in the initiative taken by the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center.
The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (l4C) is an official national cyber reporting portal of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The portal takes care of the prevention of cybercrimes in India and works together with the ministry in strengthening cyber security in India.