The UGC’s decision came after receiving instructions from the Ministry of Education asking the commission to take the necessary steps to popularize the initiatives of the Indian Cybercrime Coordination Center (I4C) of the Ministry of Interior ( MHA) among universities and colleges.
The I4C program focuses on building capacity for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of cybercrime in a coordinated and comprehensive manner. It actively participates in the development of a robust ecosystem for securing cyberspace, with an emphasis on capacity building. In addition, the National Cybercrime Reporting Portal, which provides a centralized mechanism for citizens to report cybercrime-related complaints, has recently been implemented by the Ministry of the Interior.
The portal pays particular attention to cybercrime against women and children and allows the decentralized processing of each complaint by the law enforcement authorities of the State or UT concerned.
The committee urged all vice-chancellors and school principals to publicize widely to students, faculty and stakeholders on the initiatives of I4C, which provides regular updates and advice for the prevention of cybercrime.
The UGC also asked universities and colleges to prepare a calendar of events and to organize competitions, hackathons, workshops and seminars on cybersecurity and cybercrime at regular intervals. The committee also asked the directors of the establishments to share the action taken on the UGC’s portal of university activities.