He already has many feathers in his cap and will be adding another one.
Ranchi-based cyber expert Vineet Kumar (27), the proud founder and president of Cyber Peace Foundation and National Anti-Hacking Group, has been selected for the National Youth Award (2014-15) for generating awareness about cyber crimes.
The Union ministry of youth affairs and sports informed Vineet about his selection for the coveted award three days ago. The prestigious presentation ceremony will be held at Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh, during the National Youth Festival from Tuesday to Saturday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the youths through videoconferencing at the event, where Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari will be the chief guest.
Before leaving for Raipur on Monday, Vineet thanked Avinash Kumar, the secretary of state art, culture, sports and youth affairs department, for recommending his name for the award four months ago.
Vineet, who had served as the chief technology officer and head of Cyber Defence Research Centre (CDRC) of Jharkhand Police, said: “I will be the first person to receive this award from my state. My work for the past 14 years in generating awareness among parents and students to protect them against cyber crimes has yielded fruitful results. Many cyber crimes have been tackled by blocking profiles of the accused on social networking sites.”
An alumnus of Army Public School, Ranchi, Vineet has received many international, national and state awards, the prominent ones being United Nation Youth Assembly’s Youth Achievement Award, Youth Awards for Community Contribution (England), Infosec Maestros Awards, National IT Excellence Award, Young Achievers Award and Jharkhand Pride Awards.
He also organises symposiums on cyber security at schools and colleges and has signed an MoU with Gujarat Technical University to promote research in cyber security and defence.
Avinash Kumar lauded the eithical hacker. “We felt that Vineet has done a lot of work on cyber crimes and generated awareness, especially among school and college students. He also did commendable social service in this field under the e-raksha campaign initiated by the cyber cell of Jharkhand Police,” Avinash said.
I.B. Lenka, under-secretary of the Union ministry of youth affairs and sports, who had intimated Vineet about his selection, told The Telegraph: “From across India, altogether 25 youths and two organisations will be getting the National Youth Awards.”