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India Chevening-TCS Cyber Policy Scholarship 2014 now open

The UK Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, today announced the new Chevening-Tata Consulting Services Cyber Policy Scholarship and called for applications.

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Francis Maude

The scholarship is part of the growing UK-India partnership on cyber policy, internet governance and cyber security. This will be the first time that this 12-week programme in the UK has run. The programme will run for an initial period of three years with the first course expected to start in February 2014. It is fully residential, with flights and accommodation provided.

It is aimed at outstanding mid-career professionals from India that have the potential to be leaders in their chosen field. In the first year, six scholars will be chosen on the basis of their relevant skills and experience. They will be drawn from the private sector, government, other public sector, academia, law enforcement and judiciary.

The course will be run by Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. This prestigious institution provides courses to senior officials and professionals from around the world.

Speaking at the Observer Research Foundation, Mr Maude said:

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 UK-India partnership in cyber policy, and I’m grateful to TCS for making it possible with their sponsorship.

Shankar Narayanan, Country Head, UK and Ireland, Tata Consultancy Services said:

As an Indian headquartered business with a major UK presence, TCS has always worked hard to help strengthen the relationship between our two countries. By drawing on TCS’ technical expertise and the FCO’s world-class policy knowledge we have been able to create a scholarship programme 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 the University of Cranfield.

Professor Ian Wallace, Head of School, Cranfield Defence and Security, said:

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 security of a nation. This programme complements the range of postgraduate programmes and short courses that Cranfield offers on this subject. It especially provides an excellent balance between technology and the social dimension of cyberspace.

More information about the Chevening TCS Cyber Programme.

Further Information:

The Chevening Scholarships & Fellowships Programme is the UK’s flagship scholarship programme, which has brought over 40,000 potential leaders from over 140 countries to the UK on the basis of an open competition. The Chevening Alumni comprises leaders from civil society, academia, government, NGOs and business. Every alumnus works in partnership with other alumni, spread across the globe, on issues of mutual interest, strengthening ties between the UK and India.

The programme is being funded by FCO and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS). TCS is a global IT services, business solutions and outsourcing company that is among the top 10 technology companies in the world. It has a very active R&D programme and a very vibrant Academic Interface programme. TCS has more than 270,000 employees and is part of the Tata Group, one of India’s largest conglomerates and most respected brands.

Cranfield University is a wholly postgraduate institution with a worldwide reputation for excellence and expertise in aerospace, automotive, defence 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 their contribution to global innovation.

Marcus Winsley, Director,
Press and Communications
British High Commission,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
Tel: 44192100; Fax: 24192411

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Published 12 September 2013