A few years from now, if intelligence agencies manage to intercept a terrorist code and pre-empt another 26/11, the country may as well be grateful to the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Baranagar. Come January and the 81-year-old institute will begin construction of a research centre on cryptology that will help the intelligence agencies to bolster national security.
The ISI has been selected by the National Security Council to develop the first such centre in the country. Currently, the intelligence agencies intercept cryptic codes and messages from terror suspects on a regular basis. The more efficiently these are decoded, the more the chances of preventing the crime and arresting the criminals. The institute is supposed to raise the efficiency levels of the intelligence agencies in dealing with such problem.
“We’re going to set up a research centre on cryptology and security. The final clearance has come from the prime minister’s office (PMO), as well as the ministry of statistics & programme implementation and we’ll begin to build the centre by January 2013. We have a large plot on BT Road near our main campus where we’ll set up the centre,” Bimal K Roy, director of the institute and an internationally reputed cryptologist, told HindustanTimes on Monday.
A token amount of Rs. 1 crore is expected to come from the government shortly, with which construction of the building can begin. The centre will be an autonomous one with its own faculty, research scholars and so forth. It will be named after Dr Rajchandra Bose (1901-1987), a famous Indian American mathematician and statistician.
The ISI will soon begin the process of recruitment of faculty for the centre. “We’ll like to begin with 20 teachers and 20 research scholars,” Roy said.
The proposal for the research centre on cryptology and security first came from national security adviser Shivshankar Menon, who wrote to Prof. Roy about the proposal on October 19, 2011.