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As the usage of blockchain and it’s expansion day by day, the Indian Government has deemed it necessary to educate and train the young minds about it right from the base level. A progressive decision has been made in this regard that sees that the new educational course pertaining to crypto currency and blockchain Technology be taught to the masses and the law enforcement officers. 

The course named “Introduction to Blockchain Technology and Applications” has been added to the learning platform of the Indian Government named Swayam. Swayam will integrated this program within itself and going into the details, this program is an eight-week one and is scheduled to run from Feb. 24 to April 17, 2020. This course is under the AICTE approved for all undergraduates. It has been decided that it will be taught by professor Sandeep Shukla of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. 

What this course entails is an all round knowledge of the blockchain and in depth study of the intricacies involved in cryptography. Furthermore, the course will study the Implications of blockchain in both private and public sectors and their uses. In the cryptography domain, the Bitcoin studies will involve careful analysis of Bitcoin in micropayments. There will also be a course material that would take under consideration, Hyperledger, Corda, IOTA, smart contracts, Ethereum and mining consensus. 

As per information on Swayam, the details about the course states “The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centers. The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (rupees one thousand only),” 

This is not the first course pertaining to crypto currency and blockchain that Swayam ran. Earlier in July 29 to Oct 18, a course titled “Blockchain Architecture Design and Use Cases”, was also run to teach and impart knowledge of the blockchain and crypto currency domain. 

Yet another course named, “Cryptography and Network Security” is scheduled to run in January next year, which will brush up facts and details on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency likewise. 

Police Get a Course Too

The subject matter of blockchain and Cryptography is not just restricted to the students. Al the law enforcement individuals i.e the police personnels will also be given a crash course on the same. This 5 day course named “Advance Course on Cyber Crime, Dark Web & Investigation of Cryptocurrencies” has been introduced by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy. This course is exclusive to high ranking officers in the Indian police service (IPS) only, specifically the ones holding a rank of Additional superintendent of police to inspector general of police. This will take place on December 16-20. 

Not only this, a two day course scheduled for February, titled “Dark Web and Crypto currency” is on the calendar too. 

there was previously a course that was supposed to be run in the academy this September but was cancelled. The reason for cancellation of the two day course, named “Investigation of Cases Involving Cryptocurrencies”, as stated by the academy was “Due to administrative reasons, this course is now merged with a 5 day course on ‘Advance Cyber Crime investigation’ scheduled to be held from 16th to 20th December 2019.”

The new courses are outlines to brief about these areas specifically  “various kinds of cryptocurrencies that are available on the internet,” the “working of the blockchain technology,” and “The legal challenges that are faced by various officers in investigating a crime involving cryptocurrencies and digital wallets.”

This is not the only initiative to reform and furnish the police force of the country. A forensic lab dedicated to the cause of solving crimes related to crypto currency was set up. This is due to the boom in digital coins in this digitalized world. 

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