Today is a historic day not only for Sri Sri University but also for the world to launch first of its kind in the globe, Sri Sri School of Cyber Peace and five other Centers and Faculty which will offer 20 programs in the upcoming academic year 2021-22. CyberPeace Foundation and Sri Sri University have joined hands for “Infusing CyberPeace in cyberspace”. The first step towards the goal is the launch of “Sri Sri School of CyberPeace”, a joint initiative of CyberPeace Foundation and Sri Sri University (SSU) in the presence of Poojya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji. The School is committed to strengthen the global CyberPeace Ecosystem through the research and innovation focused educational framework in sync with the ace initiative from the CyberPeace Foundation. The curriculum for the degree Programmes in the field of cyber security has been conceptualised keeping in mind the Learning Outcome-based Curriculum Framework (LOCF) on the one hand and having 65% plus hands on experience for the students as per the spirit of National Education Policy 2020 on the the other hand. This will enhance their employability quotient as well as entrepreneurial skills so that they are competent enough to start up their own ventures, which is a step towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
As per the Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally by the end of 2021, up from one million positions in 2014. Moreover, there is a growing number of cybercrimes and threats across the globe, therefore, the degree Programmes in the following areas are the need of the hour, viz., B. Tech. / B.Sc. (Research) in CSE (specialization in Cyber Security & Cyber Defense); B. Tech. / B.Sc. (Research) in CSE (specialization in Digital Forensic & Incident Response); M. Tech. (Regular) (specialization in Cyber Security); M. Tech. (Research) (specialization in Cyber Security); MBA (Cyber Security Management);Executive MBA (Cyber Security Management); Integrated MBA (B. Tech. / B. Sc. (Research) + Cyber Security Management); Integrated M. Tech. (B. Tech. + Cyber Security); Integrated M. Sc. (B. Sc. (Research) + Cyber Security).
This joint initiative will involve a bouquet of activities of CyberPeace Foundation such as Global CyberPeace Challenge, eRaksha – Nationwide online safety competition, Hackathons, Seminars, Conferences, Colloquiums, Roundtables, Global CyberPeace Dialogues, Global CyberPeace Summit, CyberPeace Clubs, CyberPeace Corps, and Academia CyberPeace Ecosystem (ACE) Initiative – An initiative for Excellence.
Many dignitaries graced the occasion with their presence, including Shri G. Asok Kumar, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Water Mission, MoWR, RD and GR, Govt. of India, Mr. Erik Solheim, Former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Former Minister of International Development and Environment, Norway, Padma Bhushan Saroja Vaidyanathan, Padma Shri Dr. Puru Dadheech, Dr. Sandhya Purecha, Mrs. Rajita Kulkarni, President, SSU, Prof. Ajay Kumar Singh, Vice Chancellor, SSU, Captain Vineet Kumar, Founder and President, CyberPeace Foundation, a think tank and grassroots NGO of CyberPeace and cyber security experts to name a few.
Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji during his address said, “The world is incomplete without art, culture, architecture, and science. We need to nurture both the left and right brain activities and achieve synergies between the two in the contemporary world. Today’s Programme has witnessed so many experts nationally and internationally to make the world a better place to live for the present and future generation. We can give the dream of a better world to the future generations including the current generations through these initiatives. I congratulate CyberPeace Foundation and encourage all to continue this journey by creating waves of excellence for growth of the students across the world. This collaboration has created an ecosystem of happiness and harmony where happiness is realized as one’s nature and spreading happiness is one’s dharma. Together we can make this research unit one of the best in the whole world.”
Talking about the importance of CyberPeace Education, Captain Vineet Kumar, Founder and President, CyberPeace Foundation, said, “The CyberPeace Foundation envisions creating a global CyberPeace ecosystem which is only possible with the active involvement of the young generation in understating, learning, working, and innovating in the field. I am glad and thankful to Poojya Gurudev and the Sri Sri University for their insight and understanding of the need of the hour to ensure a peaceful and resilient Cyberspace.”
Shri G. Asok Kumar, IAS Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Water Mission, MoWR, RD and GR, Govt. of India, has spoken about various methods and importance to conserve water.
Mr. Erik Solheim, Former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Former Minister of International Development and Environment, Norway said, Water management and environment are the most critical issues of our time. Mr. Solheim pointed out that water is precious for life and he applauded the initiative of Poojya Gurudev and The Art of Living to conserve water. He further stated that water is the most precious and important issue of the global community for climate change, be it melting of glacier in Himalayas and its effects on river systems of India, China, etc., the rise of sea level, cyclonic storm and extreme weather events. He applauded the commitment of Sri Sri Centre for Advanced Research in Water Resources and Environment Management to work in such an important domain to address the issues of water, agriculture and environment.
Mrs. Rajita Kulkarni, President, SSU delivered the welcome address and briefed about the various launches, which were planned for the day, namely,
- Faculty of Emerging Technologies (First of its kind Faculty in India offering Industry integrated Programmes in line with National Education Policy 2020)
- Department of Emerging Technologies
- Sri Sri School of CyberPeace (World’s first School for cyberPeace in association with CyberPeace Foundation)
- Sri Sri Centre for Advanced Research in Water Resources and Environment Management
- Sri Sri Centre for Advanced Research in Kathak (SSCARK) (First and largest in the world)
- Sri Sri Centre for Advanced Research in Bharatanatyam (Third in India)
- Sri Sri Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies (First in India)
Prof. Rabi Narayan Satpathy, Director, SSU shared the vision and mission of the Faculty of Emerging Technologies and the Sri Sri School of CyberPeace along with the list of 15 Programmes to be offered.
Speaking on the importance of classical dance form Kathak, the exponent Padma Shri Dr. Puru Dadheech credited Poojya Gurudev for his vision and co-operation in developing the Advanced research Centre for Kathak which can transform the youths through its rich heritage.
Dr. Sandhya Purecha, Director, Sri Sri Centre for Advanced Research in Bharatanatyam, which is third of its kind in the world, and Padma Vibhushan Saroja Vaidyanathan aspire for innovative research and exploring new talent in the field.
Prof. (Dr.) Sanghamitra Mohanty, Director, Sri Sri Centre for Advanced Research in Water Resources and Environment Management and Dr. Rindon Kundu, Director, Sri Sri Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies spoke about the importance of the center in the light of NEP 2020.
Ms. Gayatri Dhume, Head of Admissions and Promotions, SSU shared the list of new Programmes launched during the ceremony namely Master of Computer Applications (MCA), M. Sc. Computer Science-Artificial Intelligence, M. Sc. Computer Science-Data Science, B. Sc. Exercise and Sports Physiology, M. Sc. Exercise and Sports Physiology, Bachelors in Physical Education, Masters in Physical Education, and MA Hindu Studies, etc.
Prof. Ajay Kumar Singh, Vice-Chancellor, SSU delivered vote of thanks and mentioned that Sri Sri University is on the path of becoming the Institute of Global Eminence and the launching ceremony of today is a step towards that direction.