Govt. wants to introduce cyber security education at universities: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union minister for Electronics and IT, Law and Justice

Govt. wants to introduce cyber security education at universities: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union minister for Electronics and IT, Law, and Justice


As growing digitisation increases cyberspace vulnerability of businesses, individuals and government departments and agencies, a plan has been mooted to start cyber security education at select colleges to boost country’s security infrastructure.

“We want to introduce cyber security education at under graduation level,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad Union minister for Electronics and IT, Law and Justice on Thursday, adding, “We have identified 46 colleges”. He was speaking at an ASSOCHAM's10th Annual Summit Cyber and Network Security.

Emphasising the growing demand for cyber security professionals, Prasad said India’s digital economy would grow to $1 trillion by 2020, doubling from the current level of $500 billion.

Digital payments industry would cross $500 billion by 2020, he said to highlight the rapid pace of growth in the digital economy.

Expressing pride in the country’s fast-increasing digitalisation, the minister said India’s experience in cyber security will be a lesson for the world.

Voicing strong support for the Narendra Modi government’s ‘Digital India’ programme, Prasad said, “Digital governance is good governance, digital delivery is faster.”

Speaking earlier at the event, Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State, Home Affairs, said there is a gap between country’s capability and capacity in cyber security which needs to be filled. He stated that the government and private players need to work as partners to secure the cyberspace as the government alone cannot do it.

Rijiju said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very clear in his vision to make the country secure. Therefore, cyber security is a priority for the government, he added.

Speaking about the recent judgement on the Right to Privacy, Rijiju stressed that national security overrides everything.

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