The Undergraduate and Postgraduate cyber security course syllabi were released by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday. Even students from non-technical disciplines are expected to get a knowledge of cyber security concerns through the course material.
Launching the syllabus on the occasion of Cyber Jagrukta Divas, Universities Grants Commission(UGC) Chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said, “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,”
He added, “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 UGC’s curriculum, undergraduate students should learn fundamental and intermediate ideas, while graduate students should study intermediate and advanced topics.
Cybercrime and laws, social media overview, e-commerce, digital payments, and the security of digital devices are among the topics covered at the UG level. At the PG level, cybercrimes, cyberlaws, data privacy and security, cyber security management, and compliance and governance are among the topics covered.
As per the syllabus document, “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 document further reads, “After finishing this module, 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 courses will be provided in elective or optional categories at universities and colleges. Additionally, there will be practicals on subjects including creating password rules for computers and mobile devices, registering complaints about social media platforms, and changing privacy settings on social media platforms.