The Osmania University will establish the State’s first Centre for Cyber Security and Cyber Law on its campus here shortly. Through the centre, the varsity will take up research activity in Cyber Security and Cyber Laws apart from offering professional courses in such subjects.

The decision to set up the centre comes in the wake of the growing number of cyber threats, cybercrimes and dearth of trained professionals to curb such crimes and threats in the country.

According to recent reports, India requires about 30 lakh cyber security professionals, but there are not even one lakh available as of now. After setting up the centre, the University intends to offer new professional courses including MTech in Cyber Security, besides adding a special subject to existing undergraduate engineering courses.

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The courses will be offered jointly by the University College of Engineering and University College of Law.

This apart, the University will also set up the Centre for Telangana Studies, the Dr. BR Ambedkar Research Centre, the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Studies, the Centre for Microbial Fermentation Technology, the Centre for Prototyping and Testing of Industrial Products and a High-Performance Computing Centre.

All these centres will come up at an estimated cost of Rs 20.2 crore under the Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) 2.0 project.

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OU is one among 10 universities in the country that have bagged Rs 100 crore under the Union government’s RUSA 2.0 project. Recently, during the 14th RUSA project approval board meeting held in New Delhi, all the proposals of the varsity were approved by the board members.

“There is an urgent need for cybersecurity and cyber law professionals across the country and the centre will develop such professionals besides taking up research activities in these subjects. The centre will be operational in a year,” Prof. S Ramachandram, Vice-Chancellor told #KhabarLive. #KhabarLive