The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation announced today of the setting up of a dedicated research centre – ‘R.C. Bose Centre for Cryptology and Security’ in the campus of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), a home of code language research in Kolkata. The new centre will be set up at a cost of Rs.115 crore funded by central government in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) period, as informed by an official statement.
Setting up of infrastructure as well as the construction work will simultaneously be started with the commencement of academic activities in Bose Centre, with immediate effect. The new for Cryptology is to be built on an ISI-owned plot located a few kilometers away from the main campus on BT Road in Kolkata.
The permanent centre will act will conduct research on developing encrypted data transfer, primarily for defence and finance.
The centre will act as a hub for all cryptographic requirements, cutting-edge research and technology development within the country. Besides, it will also offer courses on diploma or a degree course on cryptology, cyber security and allied disciplines, which is likely to harness and promote scientific aptitude. Cryptology is the study of codes, or the art of writing and solving them.
The new centre is likely to focus more on practical oriented Encryption technology research and studies related to encrypting classified data for transmission.
Taking up of various Research Projects which may be sponsored by the Central government or industry, is also on the cards with its establishment.