Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Best Techno-Legal And Cyber Law Mentorship In India

Education and skills are two different aspects. The ultimate aim of any education is to empower the masses with requisite expertise. An educational system that fails to cater this much needed demand could never produce skilled manpower. India is presently focusing too much upon academic education rather than upon professional and vocational one. This is creating a misbalance between demand and supply of capable workforce on the one hand and declining professional skills on the other.

There is an emergent need to frame a National Policy on ICT skill development in India. This equally applies to all sorts of other non-ICT educational and professional streams as well. It is obvious that skills development had to be made an essential part of the educational framework in India. However it is not an easy task especially in the absence of any National Policy in this regard. The policy must aim at empowering all individuals to enable them to get access to decent employment and to promote inclusive National growth.

Till the Government comes out with suitable ICT skill development policy, the private sector must take the lead. In India we have tremendous potential for ICT skill development by utilising the private sector’s expertise. One such initiative that has been in vogue for long is the “Exclusive Techno-Legal And Cyber Law Mentorship of India”. The initiative titled “Techno-Legal News And Views” intends to be the Premier Techno-Legal News and Views Resource in India by a Collective. A special emphasis has been given to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) News and Views.

To achieve this objective Mr. Praveen Dalal, the leading Techno-Legal ICT, Cyber Security, Cyber Forensics and Cyber Law Specialist of India would act as the “Mentor” of this initiative. It endeavours to provide high quality opinions on cutting edge topics that are not discussed any where else in India.

At the same time this mentorship is also develooping the insight of critical issues like e-governance in india, e-commerce in India, cyber law in India, cyber security in India, cyber forensics in India, e-courts in India, etc. Particularly, this mentorship is very important for getting raw inputs for formulating sutaible policies and strategies regarding “Legal Enablement Of ICT Systems In India”.

The process of mentorship can fill the gap between academic and professional education. However, mentorship can only be at most an enabling mechanism. The Government of India must make it sure that necessary skills are developed at the educational level itself. Of course, mentorships can refine and polish the already acquired skills but they can never substitute the entry level skills. National Policy on ICT skill development in India is the need of the hour.


Orissa State Would Formulate ICT Policy In November

It seems some of the States of India have finally accepted the suggestions of Mr. Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law, after a lapse of 5 years. The delay is excusable as it is better to be late than never. However, the real task is to formulate suitable "Techno-Legal ICT Policies" that are the need of the hour.

The IT department of the Orissa government expects to come out with a new ICT (information and communication technology) policy, incorporating the best practices of IT-friendly states in the country by November this year. The new state focused ICT policy is being formulated after a gap of five years.

Apart from including the best IT practices of states like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and positioning Orissa as a favourable destination for IT investments, the new policy would also contain enabling measures for growth of IT SMEs (small and medium enterprises).

“We are in the process of preparing the new ICT policy which would include the best IT practices of the IT friendly states in India and also have measures to facilitate growth of the local IT SMEs.The new ICT policy is expected to be readied by November this year”, a senior IT official told Business Standard.

The state IT department is yet to finalise the details of the policy, but we are taking suggestions from different stakeholders in the IT sector in this regard, he added.

It would be a good idea if the Orissa Government starts seeking valuable inputs from Techno-Legal Experts as soon as possible. Formulating of suitable ICT Policy requires tremendous excpertise and innovation. The sooner we start the better it would be for India.