PGDCLCF has started in the academic year 2013-14.

 With the availability of easy access to the Internet facility, a world of change is experienced in the field of business & commerce and also in the means of communication throughout the world. Business transactions of both government as well as private sectors, including banking transactions are conducted with the use of this technology today. This has fastened, widened as well as increased the quality of transactions thus making it beneficial to all – government or private service providers, traders, agents, consumers and other beneficiaries. The system of e-governance and e-commerce has taken its roots in the country and is fast expanding its ambit to different sectors.

 While the technological developments in the field cited above go ahead at a fast pace, the fact remains that a congenial legal environment is mandatory to extend legal support to the developments on the technical front. The Government of India has, on the anvil, passed number of laws to provide the legal environment in which e-commerce and e-banking transactions can take Place; so much so, when any dispute arises in such transactions, there would be legal remedies readily available. The first step in this direction is the enactment of the Information Technical Act 2000, which came into force from 17th October 2000. This Act accords legal status to Electronic records through Digital Signatures and empowers Certifying Authorities to issue Digital Signatures Certificates. The Act provides for a Cyber Appellate Tribunal as the appellate authority. In addition there are many more special laws to deal with the issue of use and abuse of cyber technology.

 We hence require educational programmes coupled with awareness programmes and training of the stakeholders for constant up-gradation of their skills is likely to contribute to the appreciation of the information gathering and translate the same into the legal format so that they can understand and appreciate them better.

 In this regard, the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) through its Advanced Centre for Research, Development and Training in Cyber Laws & Forensics has taken up the task of creating awareness and providing training to judicial officers, public prosecutors, investigative agencies, cyber security personnel, law teachers, students and general public, with better law enforcement objectives. The Centre undertakes interdisciplinary research in the area of cyber laws and technology so as to identify the methods and means of further developing or strengthening the effectiveness of existing laws, institutional structures and constantly train the end users on preventive, detective, investigating and adjudicating reforms so as to minimize the crimes committed over internet.

 The Centre also provides dependable and timely cyber laws and forensics related training services to public and private institutions as well as individuals. With a view to cater these objectives and contribute towards the expansion of specialized knowledge and skill in this domain, especially to the stakeholders involved in the domain of cyber security as well as to the people interested in learning legal as well as technical aspects of cyber security, a Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Laws & Forensics through the distance education mode is initiated.

 The subjects prescribed for the course shall be as follows:-

Paper I - Introduction to Law & Legal Systems

Paper II - Cyber Technology, Cyber Wrongs & Cyber Laws

Paper III - Law of Cyber Crimes and Cyber Forensics

Paper IV - Legal Aspects of Cyber Space

Paper V - Dissertation