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Aarti Dhar
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The Chevening-TCS Scholarship on Cyber Policy is a first-of-its-kind programme in cyber security and public policy education

Tata Consultancy Services, consulting and business solutions organisation, has partnered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the U.K. Government to create the Chevening-TCS Scholarship on Cyber Policy for professionals in diverse fields from India.

This will be the world’s first cyber security and public policy education programme.

This programme has been drawn up following considerable bilateral interactions at various levels between India and the U.K. on cyber security and is intended to develop expertise and skills in the areas of cyber security, information assurance and online governance challenges. The programme will be taught by Cranfield University, an organisation with significant expertise in the areas of cyber security and global security, on its campus at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham.

“Many nation states have realised that the challenges faced in cyberspace cross geographical boundaries and multiple jurisdictions. Activities in cyberspace have direct and critical impact on social and economic prosperity and the security of a nation. This programme complements the range of postgraduate programmes and short courses that Cranfield offers on this subject. It especially provides an excellent balance between technology and the social dimension of cyberspace,” said Prof. Ian Wallace, Head of School, Cranfield Defence and Security.

The scholarship is targeted at outstanding mid-career professionals from India who have the potential to be leaders in their chosen fields. In the first year, six Indian nationals will be selected to undergo a 12-week programme in the U.K. The programme will run for an initial period of three years, with the first course expected to start in February 2014.

The curriculum for the Chevening-TCS Scholarship on Cyber Policy has been conceptualised by TCS and the FCO. The detailed course will be developed by Cranfield University.

“I’m delighted to announce the new Chevening-TCS Cyber Policy Scholarship. This is a pioneering course that not only covers the technical side of cyber security, but also brings together the related areas of public policy, such as internet governance, national security, crime prevention, and enabling online commerce and freedom of expression. This is an excellent example of U.K.-India partnership in cyber policy, and I’m grateful to TCS for making it possible with their sponsorship,” said Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office of the U.K. Government.

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