The online registration for admissions to Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security and Law (PGDCSL), launched this year (academic year 2018-19) by Delhi University (DU) has witnessed a very ‘tepid’ response with only 30 applicants registering during first two days. While registration for Postgraduate (PG) Degree courses have already crossed 20,000.
Minimum eligibility criteria for applying to the course is graduation in Science (Physics & chemistry), Information Technology, Mathematics, Engineering in Technology (Computer Science/ Electronics/ Electronics and Communication, Information Technology ), BCA or MCA, M.Tech or any other degree equivalent thereto.
A DU official stated that minimum marks criteria has not been introduced for applying to PGDCSL so as to promote more aspirants to apply. It must be brought to notice that many professional courses ask for certain minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examinations as necessary prerequisite criteria for applying. The Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security and Law (PGDCSL) is a one year course divided in two semesters and having total 51 seats which are to be filled on the basis of combined merit list made on the basis of initial merit list based on graduation marks and personal interview.
Firstly, an initial merit list which shall be determined on the basis of marks obtained by the candidate in graduation or in degree applicable as qualifying examination will be made. After that the candidates shall be called for personal interview on the basis of this merit. The initial merit will have 85 percent weightage while personal interview will carry 15 percent.
Thereafter a combined merit shall be drawn. Admission shall be based on order of combined merit. A DU official said that 90 percent of the faculty for teaching PGDCSL would be drawn from industries, comprising of experts in the field of cyber security like those who provide cyber security cover in banks and other institutions etc. “We will also have in-house faculty which will basically guide students towards the research in the field. As the field is an emerging one with immense potential, thorough research is also necessary and our teachers will guide students towards that,” said Dr. Sunaina Kanojia, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) , Institute of Cyber Security and Law, DU.
The course will provide an intensive training whereby students will learn how hackers break into the systems, network, mobiles and websites so as to make them aware of possible loopholes and therefore making them proficient in reverse penetration. By doing so, students can create a virtual wall between company’s data and hackers. According to recent report by Intel Security in partnership with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the global cybersecurity workforce will have over 1 million job vacancies by 2019. Cyber Security has emerged as a very critical sector in the current decade and this has largely been led up the rising amount of crimes world over.