TCS and UK Govt Create Unique Cyber Policy Scholarship for Indian Professionals

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TCS and UK Govt Create Unique Cyber Policy Scholarship for Indian Professionals

London | Mumbai, September 12, 2013: Tata Consultancy Services (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), the leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has partnered with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK Government to create the Chevening-TCS Scholarship on Cyber Policy for professionals in diverse fields from India. This will be the world’s first cyber security and public policy education program.

This program builds on considerable bilateral interaction at various levels between India and the UK on the subject of cyber security and is intended to develop expertise and skills in the areas of cyber security, information assurance and online governance challenges. The program will be taught by Cranfield University, an organization with significant expertise in the areas of cyber security and global security, on its campus at the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham.

The program is targeted at outstanding mid-career professionals from India that have the potential to be leaders in their chosen fields. In the first year, six Indian nationals will be selected to undergo a 12 week program in the UK. The program will run for an initial period of three years, with the first course expected to start in February 2014.

The curriculum for the Chevening-TCS Scholarship on Cyber Policy has been conceptualized by TCS and the FCO. The detailed course will be developed by Cranfield University.

“I’m delighted to announce the new Chevening TCS Cyber Policy Scholarship. This is a pioneering course that not only covers the technical side of cyber security, but also brings together the related areas of public policy, such as internet governance, national security, crime prevention, and enabling online commerce and freedom of expression. This is an excellent example of the UK-India partnership in cyber policy, and I’m grateful to TCS for making it possible with their sponsorship,” said Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office of the UK Government. 

“As an Indian-headquartered business with a major UK presence, TCS has always worked hard to help strengthen the relationship between our two countries,” said Shankar Narayanan, Country Head, UK & Ireland, TCS. “By drawing on TCS’ technical expertise and the FCO’s world-class policy knowledge, we have been able to create a scholarship program that will help future leaders prepare for the increasingly complex world of cyber security and policy. We are proud to be supporting this initiative and co-designing the curriculum and look forward to working closely with the FCO and Cranfield University.”

“Many nation states have realized that the challenges faced in cyberspace cross geographical boundaries and multiple jurisdictions. Activities in cyberspace have direct and critical impact on social and economic prosperity and the security of a nation. This program complements the range of postgraduate programs and short courses that Cranfield offers on this subject. It especially provides an excellent balance between technology and the social dimension of cyberspace, “said Prof. Ian Wallace, Head of School, Cranfield Defence and Security.

About Chevening Scholarship Scheme
The Chevening Scholarship scheme is the premier UK Government scheme to attract and select from around the world, those scholars who demonstrate the greatest potential to become leaders, decision-makers and opinion-formers in their own countries. It is one of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the world.

About Cranfield University
Cranfield University is a wholly postgraduate institution with a worldwide reputation for excellence and expertise in aerospace, automotive, defense and security, engineering, environment and water, health, management and manufacturing. As the UK’s most business-engaged University, and led by research which is applied to real life situations, Cranfield is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation.

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT servicesconsulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT,  BPSinfrastructure,  engineering  and  assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 285,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $11.6 billion for year ended March 31, 2013 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

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