Vikash Sharma

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued an important circular for Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) on celebration of Cyber Jaagrookta Diwas (CJD) for the year 2022-2023.

The UGC has asked the HEIs to to appoint Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at their institutions to follow the Point of Action for the Preparation and implementation of Cyber Crisis Management Plan (CCMP) for countering Cyber-Attack and Cyber Terrorism and also to submit the report.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has launched the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre. The Centre has been launched to strengthen the capabilities of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and to improve coordination among the LEAs and other agencies.

Apart from this, the MHA has also launched the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (NCRP) to facilitate online reporting of cyber-crime incidents.

In its letter, the UGC has asked Higher Education Institutions to celebrate "Cyber Jaagrookta Diwas (CJD) on first Wednesday of every month and also to celebrate in an elaborative manner for propagating cyber hygiene as mass awareness campaign, by involving dignitaries in various factions across all the States/UTs.

“The action taken note along with Annual Action Plan for celebrating Cyber Jaagrookta Diwas for the Year 2022-2023, along with activities undertaken on October 6 , 2022 for celebrating Cyber Jaagrookta Diwas (CJD) may also be uploaded on the University Activity Monitoring Portal (UAMP) of UGC by October 12, 2022,” UGC letter read.