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DSCI partners with Kyndryl to train 25,000 students in cybersecurity

Sumit Vishwakarma
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The Data Security Council of India (DSCI) and Kyndryl have launched a new initiative called the Cyber Sainik program to provide cybersecurity training to 25,000 students across India over the next three years. 

DSCI, a not-for-profit industry body focused on data protection, has partnered with Kyndryl, the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, for this project.

The goal is to equip students with the skills needed to protect themselves in the digital world, addressing the increasing number of cybersecurity incidents in the country.

Why is cybersecurity training important for students?


Cybersecurity incidents in India have been rising faster than the global average, with 1.3 million incidents reported annually between 2020 and 2022.

This growing threat underscores the importance of cybersecurity training, especially for younger generations who are increasingly exposed to digital spaces.

The Cyber Sainik program is designed to act as a first line of defence against cyber threats such as cyberbullying and online exploitation. By training students from grades 6 to 12, the program aims to teach them how to report issues and protect their personal information.

What will the cyber Sainik program cover?

The Cyber Sainik program will offer comprehensive training, covering skills, tools, and techniques necessary to thwart cyber threats on digital, online, and social media channels.

The program will also focus on educating students about the best ways to protect their personal information. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a joint certification from Kyndryl and DSCI.

The initiative aligns with Kyndryl’s Social Impact commitment to promote equitable access to education and improve cybersecurity awareness.

Leadership comments

Vinayak Godse, CEO of DSCI, emphasized the Cyber Sainik program's holistic approach. "DSCI has been at the forefront of building cybersecurity and privacy readiness in the country. With the launch of Cyber Sainik, we will also be tapping into the student community to make our efforts more holistic," he said.

Lingraju Sawkar, President of Kyndryl India, added, "Kyndryl is committed to upskilling India’s tech talent, especially in cybersecurity, by working with local support groups to ensure the digital safety of vulnerable sections of our society."

How Does This Fit into Broader Educational Goals?

The launch of Cyber Sainik comes at a time when education and skilling are poised to take a larger role in driving India’s economic ambitions.

With the advancement of the New Education Policy (NEP), the government is focused on expanding digital public infrastructure and accelerating AI adoption. Cybersecurity training is seen as a critical component in achieving these objectives, ensuring that the future workforce is well-equipped to handle digital challenges.

The Cyber Sainik program's first batch will start in July, marking a significant step towards enhancing cybersecurity education in India.