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JNTU to teach cyber security

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HYDERABAD: The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) has come up with a special course in cyber security, given the huge interest of students in the emerging subject.

Cyber security currently has a huge resource crunch, and the optional `Associate Security’ course will be offered from the next semester onwards. Faculty from various colleges have been trained by top-notch IT professionals, including experts from TCS and Wipro. The course has already generated huge interest among stu dents.

“We will be starting the course in the coming semest e r.As many as 55 faculty members from our affiliated colleges have been trained by industry experts for teaching the courses. We will also be offering courses in associate analytics in the broader area of cyber security, keeping in line with the emerging industry demands. Students have shown keen interest in both the courses,” said JNTU registrar N Yadaiah.

The IT industry, meanwhile, sees large employment opportunities in the area. “Day by day, everything is getting digitalized and the need to secure data is also increasing.But there are very few cyber security experts in the country. In the coming years, there are going to be lot of opportunities for students trained in cyber security,” said Sundeep Kumar Mak thala, president, Telangana IT A s s o c i at i o n (TITA).

Current ly, a similar course is avail able in IIIT Hy derabad apart from the CR Rao Advanced Institute of Math ematics Statistics and Computer Science, which introduced a course in `Practical Cryptology’ recently . Cryptology is an advanced area within cyber security and helps in understanding, modelling, designing, developing, testing and validating cryptographic software. The course offered by JNTU, however, will be more basic in nature and will be taught in 30 colleges.

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Hardly any testing of food in Telangana

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HYDERABAD: People in the city are more likely to fall prey to food poisoning while eating out than in most other cities across the country, all thanks to the fact that authorities in Telangana are hardly checking the quality of food available.

According to the annual public laboratory testing report 2015, released by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Telangana stands at a lowly 22nd place among all the states in terms of the food samples it analysed for adulteration.

FSSAI said in its report that till November 24 this year, food safety inspectors in the state got only 312 samples tested in approved labs. In comparison, their Andhra Pradesh counterparts analysed as many as 2,788 food samples during the same period.

And this, when it is the same lab that is designated to test samples from both the states. “It is a clear case of neglect of food safety in Telangana. The food laboratory at Nacharam is the designated state lab functioning for both the states.While food safety inspectors of Telangana failed, their AP counterparts made effective use of the lab,” said Bakka Judson, a health activist.

What’s shocking is that Telangana fared worse than smaller states like Tripura, Assam and Bihar. Food safety officers in these three states got 933, 595 and 1,320 food samples analysed respectively.

It is significant to note that the number of food samples that are found to be adulterated or unhygienic increased with the total number of samples tested. The more the samples, the higher the probability of finding cases of adulteration, misbranding and un safe food.

Thus, while food inspectors in AP came across 290 cases of unsafe samples among the 2,788 it analysed, Telangana authorities found only 32 cases of adulteration this year.

“This is a huge cause of concern. We tend to eat out with friends and family during the weekends, but who is keeping a tab on what we eat?” asked Rahul Basu, one of the administrators running the Hyderabad Foodies’ Club on Facebook.

However, the reason behind Telangana sending so few samples for testing is nothing but the lack of sufficient food safety officers.”Right now, out of the 30 posts of food safety officers sanctioned in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits, only three are working. In the districts, out of the 20 sanctioned posts, 14 are working. The remaining posts have remained unfilled since bifurcation,” said a senior officer in the department.

The officer also blamed the system of dual control over citybased food safety officers one from the GHMC commissioner and the other from the commissioner of food safety .

When contacted, Dr K Amarender Reddy , director of Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM), under whose jurisdiction the Nacharambased food safety lab falls, said that the collection of food samples is the job of food safety officers, which, he acknowledged, were few.

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A few `hi-tech' features

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HYDERABAD: Apart from the mega surveillance `wall’ that’ll have lived feed streaming in from across Hyderabad, the Command and Control Centre (CCC) will also have various other high-end facilities that authorities feel will tighten the city’s security system. The CCC, as per the proposed plan, will comprise four blocks complete with a pair of `connected’ twin towers, of 24 and 18 floors respectively. These towers, when ready, will house a public observation deck, a police museum on the 17th floor and a helipad on the top floor.

There will also be an auditorium with a seating capacity of 900 within the towers that’ll flaunt a dou ble insulated glass facade and photovoltaic panel (for producing solar energy).Even the parking space will be exhaustive, capable of holding 740 cars at any given time. What’s more, the CCC will have offices for all units of the city police within its sprawling premises while also housing a slew of emergency services like ambulance, fire, dial 100, SHE teams, app-based reporting platforms such as Hawk Eye and GPRSbased emergency vehicle system integration.

According to the city police commission, the massive structure is expected to up and about in the next 24 months.

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