IEP CHANDIGARH JULY 2, 2022
Cyber Swachhta Mission is part of Chandigarh Police’s community outreach initiative to inculcate Cyber Hygiene among citizens and spread cyber awareness primarily through engagement of youth. It is a kind of unique and creative collaboration among police, academia, technical industry and community so as to make Cyber Awareness a Jan Andolan. Students from reputed colleges/universities of Chandigarh are enrolled as Cyber Soldiers, who are trained in cyber security and cyber awareness by cyber experts and police officials as part of Internship Programme under the mission. It is a way for students to gain valuable experience in law enforcement by involving them in the creation of a healthy, positive and hygienic cyber space.
The objective of this programme is to engage the youth in nation building and national security, spread cyber literacy and discern penetrating/insights into social media, thus creating a positive and robust cyber space & enabling collection of information/facts from open sources to produce actionable intelligence.
Cyber Swachhta Mission was launched on 17th November, 2021 with enrollment of 300 students from Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College (MCM), University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) & Punjab University enrolled as Cyber Interns. This programme provided learning and training in the domain of cyber awareness and cyber security to Interns. The Interns worked as team under the mentorship of police officials and tasks were assigned to them regularly and their assessment was conducted. Infosys provided intensive 4-month training to the cyber interns covering topics such as cyber security, OSINT, coding, dark web, cyber crime investigation , etc. Following cyber related activities were carried out:-
1. Survey regarding cyber awareness among senior citizens
2. Detecting and Identifying Fake news; Unlawful Content Flagging
3. Cyber 112 – Interaction of cyber interns with complainants
4. Cyber 112 – Interaction of cyber interns with complainants
5. Cyber Awareness Sabhas at Police station and beat level, involving all category of citizens
6. Cyber Awareness sessions in schools and colleges, covering around 28000 students in 85 institutions
After the successfully completion of 1st batch, Chandigarh Police has started 2nd Batch of Cyber Internship, in which enrolment forms of approx. 1100 students from various colleges of Tri-city were received, out of which 389 students from 9 different colleges & institutes have been selected and divided in 16 Teams, police station wise, to carry out various cyber related awareness & survey activities and already their introductory training and orientation has begun.