In an effort to strengthen India’s cybersecurity, the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has inked an MoU with the National Law University (NLU), Delhi and National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal, to establish a Cyber Lab for the ‘Online Capacity Building Programme on Cyber Law, Crime Investigation and Digital Forensics’ on September 3.
Abhishek Singh, President and CEO, NeGD, Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao from NLU and Prof. V Vijaykumar from NLIU signed the pact. Secretary of MeitY Ajay Prakash Sawhney and senior officials of the Ministry were also present at the event.
Addressing the event, Sawhney said that this program is likely to receive a very enthusiastic response from a wide spectrum across law enforcement including the senior officers in Law Enforcement Agencies and also from Judiciary. As it is an online program, it has immense potential to be scaled. Speaking on the expansion of the programme, he said that the other law schools in the country will also be engaged in the hub and spoke design of forensic labs.
The programme aims to build capacities of Police officers, State Cyber Cells, Law Enforcement Agencies, Prosecutors and Judicial officers to acquire the required skill set to deal with Cyber Forensic cases efficiently and effectively in compliance with the Indian Cyber Law.
Under this, the NeGD in collaboration with NILU Bhopal will offer a nine-month online PG Diploma to 1000 officials through its Learning Management System (LMS). The programme is designed such to enable the learners to experience anytime anywhere learning on the go. The first batch started in November 2020 with a total of 579 participants approved for the course.
An important part of the programme is that each enrolled participant has to undergo a practical training session and personal contact program at the designated Cyber Lab to come up in the campus of the National Law University (NLU) Delhi for facilitating this course. The cyber lab will hosts hybrid architecture which supports both virtual as well as the physical mode of capacity building in the areas of Cyber Law, Cybercrime Investigation and Digital Forensics. The lab will feature a training room witha a capacity of 25 users and remote connectivity for 25 users each, at a given time augmented with features like augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR).
In the coming times, other law schools including the National Law School of India University (Bangalore), Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (Patiala), etc., are likely to join the hub and spoke model.
These law schools will be tasked to provide the necessary faculty members, expertise and content for the virtual classes. NeGD will develop the e-content based on the support received from faculty members. NLIU, Bhopal being the lead academic partner for the course will award the PG Diploma Certificate to the participants who successfully complete the course.
(With inputs from PIB)