Cyber law could soon be new subject in state universities

Sep 08, 2012, 07:14 IST | Kranti Vibhute

Keeping in mind the rising number of cyber crime cases in the state, Minister for Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope had formed a Cyber Syllabus Committee (CSC), comprising various experts, to give their inputs on introducing cyber law as a separate subject in the curriculum across all varsities in the state.

Based on the report submitted by the committee on September 5, Tope expressed his desire to form an autonomous body that will recruit the best of the professors to teach cyber law to students and set question papers, among others. 

Higher Education Minister Rajesh Tope
Soon in textbooks: Higher Education Minister Rajesh Tope (in white) receives the CSC committee report from Advocate Bina Tendulkar and Nagpur University VC Dr V S Sapkal

Nagpur University Vice-Chancellor Dr Vilas Shridhar Sapkal is the chairperson of the (CSC). The committee also includes former DG of Police
D Sivanandan, Advocate Uday Warunjikar, an elected member of bar council from state and Goa, Advocate Bina Tendulkar, a cyber law expert, and several members from universities across the state.

Some of the suggestions made in the report prepared by Dr Rajendra Patil and Bina Tendulkar comprised marking scheme, evaluation of answer sheets, faculty, criteria for the certificate course, introduction of three different diploma courses at the post-graduate level and compulsion of the certificate course for all degree college students, starting from the first year of their respective courses.

Dr Sapkal suggested that Mumbai University will be required to establish a new cyber law department if it the subject was to be introduced in the university curriculum. “To face issues related to cyber space in the future, we need a cyber army,” Bina Tendulkar said.

Despite repeated attempts, Tope remained unavailable for comment. 

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