Ranchi University will now offer diploma courses in Cyber Security and Cyber Security Entrepreneurship.
The university has entered into a strategic collaboration with CyberPeace Foundation, a Ranchi-based civil society organisation, and the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) to work together in the area of cyberspace research, policy and advocacy along with other facilities.
CyberPeace Foundation president Major Vineet Kumar, IETE Ranchi chairperson K.K. Thakur and Ranchi University vice-chancellor Kamini Kumar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday.
IETE and CyberPeace Foundation will be responsible for providing technical guidance to the programme, while Ranchi University will offer infrastructure support, including faculty, and develop a research lab for the cause.
The collaboration will encourage research in Cyber Peace, Cyber Security, Cyber Defence and Internet Engineering and Governance. The aim is to introduce technical training to enhance skills in the domain.
The tie-up will also promote Cyber Security Entrepreneurship, innovation, design and develop indigenous software to help maintain Cyber Security, Cyber Peace and Internet Standards. It will also encourage events, awareness programmes, internship opportunities, research and development and faculty development programmes.
A joint committee, a joint expert group and an advisory council will be formed for the overall administrative, academic, monitoring and review of the programme.
“Our initiative, in collaboration with CyberPeace Foundation and IETE, is to increase employability for our students and awareness for our teachers. We already teach subjects like Network Security, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things. With this collaboration, we intend to impart practical skills to the students. We will be providing the framework for the courses and CyberPeace Foundation will be developing them. This will be taught as a six-month course or a one-year diploma,” said a varsity spokesperson.
IETE Ranchi chairperson K.K. Thakur described the collaboration as a landmark. “This step has been taken to educate people, the young generation, police personnel, teachers and netizens. We are going to have good courses for our students. There are a lot of job opportunities in this field and this is really going to be a boon for our state,” he said.
CyberPeace Foundation president Major Vineet Kumar spoke about the need to provide a platform to students to showcase their cyber expertise and get them skill-ready. “There is still a Cyber Security workforce gap of more than 2.72 million positions. Through this centre, we wish to bridge the skill gap,” he said.