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Observe Cyber Jagrukta Diwas Every Month: UGC Issues Circular To Colleges To Raise Cyber Safety Awareness

NEW DELHI: The University Grant Commission (UGC) has issued a circular titled ‘Cyber Jagrukta Diwas’ to raise awareness about cybercrime and how to deal with it. The UGC has directed that ‘Cyber Jagrukta Diwas’ be observed on the first Wednesday of each month by Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs). As of now, the event will take place online for an hour beginning at 11 a.m. in the view of Covid-19.

UGC has also urged HEIs to hold workshops, seminars, interactive sessions, creative sessions such as poster making and slogan creation, and other activities to raise awareness of and control cybercrime.

“To combat cybercrime, the Ministry of Home Affairs is implementing a scheme called the “Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre” (14C). The ministry has also created a National Cybercrime Reporting Portal to make it easier for people to file cybercrime complaints,” the UGC said in a statement.

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“There is a pressing need to increase cyber hygiene, for the prevention of cybercrime, by instilling habits of taking basic care of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) devices at regular intervals,” according to the official statement. The ministry has also established cyber awareness handles on social media platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.

According to media reports, the budgets for the Cyber Jagrukta Diwas events will be provided by state governments or administrations of Union Territories, according to UGC.

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Previously, the UGC directed universities and colleges to create a calendar of events to improve cyber security. The universities and colleges were also instructed to share details of their cyber security steps/actions on the UGC’s University Activity Portal.

Though cyber security is part of the Information and Communication Technology curriculum in the primary and middle grades, in the digital age, students must be prepared to deal with such unexpected circumstances.

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Shambhavi Singh
The writer is a confident speaker with an irresistible affinity for stage and the zest to write. Currently pursuing History Honours from Miranda House, University of Delhi. She is an opinionated bird from the holy city of Varanasi who has been in love with exploring and learning about culture and heritage from the very beginning. She love writing in every niche because the pen and paper are magical.

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