NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has launched courses at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level for imparting information about cyber security to students even to non technical stream.
The courses will be introduced at universities and colleges under elective or optional categories. This would also include practicals for topics such as privacy settings on social media platforms, registering complaints of a social media platform, and preparing password policies for computer and mobile devices, among others.
“Cyber security as a subject needs to be incorporated at graduation and postgraduation level in all streams. The syllabus of these courses aims to create aware, responsive, and responsible digital citizens, thereby contributing effectively to an overall healthy cyber security posture and ecosystem," Universities Grants Commission (UGC) Chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said.
Launching the syllabus on the occasion of Cyber Jagrukta Divas recently, he said, “For classroom transaction of these courses at UG and PG level, Higher Education Institutions (HEIS) may invite Cyber Security/Computer/IT qualified faculty or experts from Industry/Subject Matter Experts to take the lectures, practical and tutorials."
According to the syllabus issued by the UGC, UG level students would have to cover basic and mid-level concepts while students at the PG level will study mid and advanced-level concepts.
Topics at the UG level included introduction to cyber security, cybercrime and laws, social media overview, e-commerce, digital payments, and digital devices security, among others. The students at the PG level would be taught cyber crimes, cyber laws, data privacy and security, cyber security management, and compliance and governance, among others.
“After completion of this module, students will be able to understand the basic security aspects related to computers and mobile. They will be able to use basic tools and technologies to protect their devices," the syllabus stated.
With these courses, the students will have an understanding of the legal framework that exists in India for cybercrime, including aspects related to personal data privacy and security. They will also get insight into the Data Protection Bill, 2019, and data privacy and security issues related to social media platforms, the UGC documents stated.