NLSIU conducts Training Programmes on Cyber Laws and Cyber Forensics for Indian Army Officers

The National Law School of India University in association with the Army Training Command (ARTRAC), Shimla conducted the second instalment of the Management Development Programmes (MDP) on Cyber Law and Cyber Forensics in September 2023.

This program was organized in pursuance of its MoU with the ARTRAC that is aimed at providing training to 150 army officers for a period of three years on the NLSIU campus. The first instalment of the MDP was conducted back in June, 2023. This instalment saw participation from 24 enthusiastic army officers, and had Prof. (Dr.) A Nagarathana as the faculty coordinator.

The MDP on Cyber Law and Cyber Forensics saw an intensive set of instruction sessions, administered by experts in the field from across academia and industry, and accompanied interspersed with practical exercises and theoretical examinations to test the officers’ understanding of the material. This included hands-on session related to cyber forensics and digital evidence extraction at the NLSIU’s Advanced Centre on Research, Development and Training in Cyber Laws and Forensics (ACRDTCLF) in addition to the interactive sessions at the Training Centre.

Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai (Retd.) conducted a session on overview of defence laws in India for the cyber law participants, while Mr. Sai Manohar, IPS and Lt. Col. Satendra Singh conducted sessions on Cyber Crimes: Offences and Penalties. Mr. Arun Prabhu delivered a keynote address on Emerging regulatory framework around Cyber Security, and Mr. Harinderjeet Singh Walia, Ex-IAF took sessions on Cyber Forensics and Digital Evidence.

The NLSIU faculty covered other sessions related to overview of cyber laws in India, cyber space and internet governance, IT Act 2000, Contemporary issues in cyber laws, Cyber Crimes: Offences & Penalties, Privacy concerns in the digital world, and Intellectual Property Rights and Cyberspace. A Session was also organized in the form of a panel discussion to provide the participants with the entire breadth of the academic experience. The MDP on Cyber Law received overwhelming positive feedback from the army officers,  with many army officers hoping to return to campus for more such courses, while others hoped to undertake NLSIU’s flagship postgraduate diploma courses in Cyber laws and Human Rights, among others. As per one of the army officers “Last few days with you all have been one of the best of my career. A course which not only allowed us all to learn nuisances of Cyber Law World but also gave us all an opportunity to know each other.”; while another officer noted that, “The course was rich in content and highly enlightening.” The MDP culminated in a Valedictory Ceremony at the NLSIU Training Centre where the entire cohort was awarded their certificates of completion, and the officers with the highest scores were awarded for their excellent scores in the formative assessments. Major General Ravi Murugan, AVSM, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Head Quarters Karnataka & Kerala (HQ K & K) Sub Area returned to NLSIU to preside as the Chief Guest during the valedictory ceremony at the National Law School of India University. He met the army officers and awarded their certificates.