Vigilance Awareness Week Lecture delivered by Dr. B. K. Rajput, SP, Maharashtra Cyber on 29th October 2020

ICAR-CIRCOT observes Vigilance Awareness Week during 27th October to 02nd November 2020 with the theme “Vigilant India, Prosperous India”. Dr. P. G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT welcomed the Chief Guest and delivered his inaugural address. In his address, he reiterated the essence of vigilance in routine activities of the Institute for better outcome. Also, he pointed out that the vigilance system is to restrain acts of wrong doing, misconduct in various areas of functioning of the department, negligence and lapses. The focus of vigilance awareness week is to sensitize the staff of the Institute on better management & maintenance of the assets, proper & timely disposal of scraps, dedicated working to meet the day-to-day objectives and transparent functioning of R&D and administrative activities. He also congratulated all the staff of the Institute for their dedicated efforts during the last 5 years, resulting in bagging the prestigious Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award for the year 2019. A vigilance awareness lecture was delivered by Dr. Balsing K Rajput, Superintendent of Police, Maharashtra Cyber on 29th October 2020 to commemorate this occasion. Holding a doctoral degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and having strategic expertise in the field of cybersecurity, Dr. Rajput sensitized the audience about the need of vigilance in cyber related activities. He insisted the relevant of being vigilant in a research organization like ICAR-CIRCOT is to protect its Intellectual Property Rights and Intellectuals / Scientists. He elaborated various types of cyber-crimes with national & international examples. He stressed upon the requirement of security audit for Institute’s website and online transactions. Also, he insisted to use only trusted / reliable / certified websites and apps (with limited permissions) for routine work. Finally, he summed up to rely more on social engineering than on technology to have secured transactions in this digital era. Earlier, Dr. N. Vigneshwaran, Principal Scientist & Vigilance Officer gave the introductory remarks for the meeting and Dr. P. S. Deshmukh, Senior Scientist delivered the vote of thanks.