think of Cyber Laws in India, one name that strikes our mind is that of Naavi,
a man with a mission….to create Cyber Law Awareness across the different
segments of the society and to contribute towards building a responsible Cyber
Naavi is the popular name of Na.Vijayashankar, born in Mysore. He had his early
schooling in small towns of Karnataka such as Gubbi, Pandavapura, Maddur and
then moved to Mysore where he had his highschool at Mahajana Higher Secondary
School, college education at Yuvaraja's College and
passed out of Mysore university as a post graduate in Physics from Manasa
Gangotri in 1973.
Naavi then joined Indian Overseas Bank where he worked in various senior
capacities until 1987 at different places in Karnataka and other states before he
ventured into the private sector to build the next part of his career. After
working in financial services sector in different companies, Naavi developed an
interest in Cyber Laws by 1998 when the first draft of the legislation in India
was made public.
True to his character of sharing knowledge, Naavi started a portal on Cyber
Law (Presently www.naavi.org ) to discuss
the provisions of the proposed legislation which he rightly predicted would
have a profound impact on the society. He also wrote what turned out to be the
first book on Cyber Laws in India titled “Cyber Laws for Every Netizen in
Thus Naavi’s efforts at Cyber Law Education started in 1998, making him the
pioneer of Cyber Law Education in the Country.
In 2000 when the draft Cyber Law became a full fledged act in the form of
“Information Technology Act 2000”, Naavi decided to start offering more formal
education in Cyber Laws and started Cyber Law College as a virtual
education center dedicated to Cyber Law Education. The virtual courses were
offered at the website
www.cyberlawcollege.com and marked the beginning of a new phase in
his efforts to spread Cyber Law Awareness.
During the next few years, Naavi published the first e-book on Cyber Laws in
India titled “Cyber Laws in India…ITA-2000 and beyond” and also a book in
Kannada titled “”
(Cyber Crimes). Naavi also made significant efforts to educate the Corporate
entities on the need to implement Cyber Law Compliance in their business
processes and promoted the concept of “CyLawCom” as a structured voluntary
approach to mitigation of Cyber Law Related risks in business. His book
“CyLawCom…Corporate Mantra for the Digital Era” was directed at introducing
this concept. He also developed a course “Certificate in Techno Legal Cyber
Security” to create the necessary skills and is further taking steps to create
awareness and acceptance of CyLawCom audit in the industry.
Naavi has also pioneered many new service concepts such as Cyber Evidence Archival Center (
) which provides services to Police and public for Cyber Evidence presentation
in a Court of law and Domain Name Dispute Resolution System (
www.lookalikes.in ) for resolving
consumer confusion arising out of similar looking domain names. He is now in
the process of building an online arbitration system with features that may
make it globally distinct.
Since the beginning of 2005, Naavi who has all along been residing in Chennai
started working with a greater focus in the Karnataka market. His objective was
to make Karnataka the most Cyber Law Literate State in India through
a set of activities under “” (Karnataka Cyber Laws Awareness Movement). Towards this process
Naavi has started offering the course “Certificate in Cyber Laws “ as offline
courses in Bangalore, Hubli and Mysore in association with reputed local law
colleges. The Bangalore course is being offered in association with KLE
Society’s Law College in Rajaji Nagar and the Course in Hubli is being offered
in association with KLE Society’s G K Law College. The Course at Mysore is
being offered in association with JSS Law College. The three colleges
together will have a capacity to offer the courses to around 250 students in an
year. In order to make it possible for professionals to take the course and
also to enable Naavi to personally participate in teaching, the classes will be
conducted on week ends and at fortnightly/monthly intervals. A total of 48
hours of class room teaching is planned for these courses which will cover the
subject comprehensively from Information Technology Act 2000 to Intellectual
Property Laws and International scenario in Cyber Laws. The course will have an
industry orientation through coverage on E-Commerce and Cyber Law Compliance.
Additionally, Naavi is also conducting lectures at Law Colleges and Engineering
Institutions all over India as well as seminars and workshops at different
Companies. He also conducts training for Police in Chennai and other places. He
also visits the Judicial Academy regularly to discuss Cyber Crimes with the
Judicial officers. In order to take Cyber Law Knowledge to the masses, Naavi
has created a website in Kannada,
www.naavika.org inviting legal professionals to start building
content in Kannada.
Naavi’s dream is well
captured in the adjoining poem where he highlights the need for Cyber Law
Awareness to build a prosperous Cyber Society and the role Cyber Law College would like to play
in building such a Cyber Law Compliant Society.
Naavi’s invitation to Lawyers and Engineers to join this Cyber Law awareness
movement is reflected in the following poem.