BSNL Sets Up Tech University To Offer Cybersecurity Training
State-run telecom major BSNL is planning to set up a technical university that will offer engineering and management courses and will especially offer training in cybersecurity. The PSU expects to approach All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as well as University Grants Commission (UGC) for formal approval in the coming months.
BSNL Director (Consumer Mobility) Anupam Shrivastava told PTI that BSNL will add formal courses on cybersecurity to contribute in government’s target of creating 5 lakh professionals skilled in this domain by 2018.
“Cybersecurity is an emerging concern. We have the infrastructure to train people. Today, we have a crunch of cybersecurity experts. This initiative will not only help us but also other organisations with skilled workforce. It will be a dynamic course and its format will decided after due deliberations,” he said.
According to Shrivastava, BSNL has sufficient infrastructure to meet AICTE guidelines for engineering and management education. We also have sufficient supporting staff to meet norms as laid down by UGC. “Our staff is working on it. We should be able to send it for formal approval in 6-8 months,” he said adding that it should not be difficult for BSNL to get the necessary approvals as some steps were taken by the Human Resource Development Ministry in 2008 to boost educational system.
“Due to the initiatives of HRD Ministry, institutions running short-term courses such as Defence Institute of Advance Technology have been converted into formal and autonomous education institutions. We should also have no issues in getting approval,” Shrivastava told PTI.
The Public Enterprise Selection Board has selected Shrivastava for the post of Chairman and Managing Director of the company, succeeding the present CMD R K Upadhyay. BSNL has also formed a committee under its senior general manager G C Manna to work on the detailed project report.
The organization has a centre in Ghaziabad, which is aided by United Nations but is under-utilised. It has a capacity to train between 2,500-3,000 students. There are other 16 centres which have a minimum capacity of 1,000 students.BSNL however did not share the exact number of seats its technical institute will have but said the company’s campus will have a capacity to train 1,500 to 3,000 students at one time.
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