Center for Security, Theory & Algorithmic Research (CSTAR)


The role of the center is to support the various programmes of the institute by offering various mandatory and elective courses in the areas of theoretical computer science and information security. The center runs its own M.Tech in CSIS (Computer Science & Information Security) with support from MCIT and offers various programmes of the institute such as PhD/MS/Dual Degree etc/ with specialization either in theoretical Computer Science or in Information Security.


Unique Features

M.Tech in CSIS is aimed at producing the much needed highly skilled manpower in the area of Information Security. The program is being supported by Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) project from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). It is a 2-year masters programme. An applicant to this programme is required to be a B.Tech in CS/ECE/IT or MCA with BSc. (Maths) or MSc (Maths/CS). The course is mainly research oriented. Students for this program are selected by a nationwide test followed by a rigorous interview. The program also has few International students and part-time students from the industry. CSTAR has highly qualified faculty, good computing facilities, and a well equipped centre library apart from the central library of the institute.
The center takes about 10 students every year for M.Tech CSIS programme. All M.Tech CSIS students are paid a stipend of Rs. 5000 towards the living expenses. The candidate must be an Indian citizen and enrolled under full-time M.Tech CSIS programme to be eligible for stipend. Some of the recruiters of previous M.Tech CSIS batch includes Computer Associates, RSA Labs, nVidia, CDAC, Movius Corp. etc.


Program Structure

The 2-year, 4-semester M Tech (CSIS) specialized program offers core and advanced courses in the field of Information Security. The course provides deep conceptual and practical aspects of the Information Security. Apart from the courses, the curriculum contains projects worth 20 credits. As part of these projects students are expected to either build tools that aid in development and analysis of cryptosystems, secure protocols, Intrusion Detection System etc or make contributions to the knowledge of Information Security by way of publishing research articles in reputed conferences or journals.


Curriculum for M.Tech CSIS programme

Core Courses

Semester I
CS3000Advanced Problem Solving
MA5905Mathematical Foundations for Information Security
CS4110Cryptography and Network Security
CS3301Computer Systems

Semester II

CS5476Information Security Audit & Assurance
CS7477Research in Information Security (Seminar Course)
CS3111Advanced Algorithms
CS3600Software Engineering (Elective)

Semester III

CS5470System & Network Security
CS3350Computer Networks
CS5405Data Warehousing and Data Mining

Semester IV



1. Distributed DBMS
2. Pattern Recognition
3. Multi-Agent Systems
4. Advanced Topics in Information Security
5. Applied Data Mining, Computer Graphics
6. Probability and Random Process
7. Network Communications Theory and Practice
8. Recent Developments in Information Security
9. Security and Protocol Engineering
10. Data Compression
11. Computational Geometry
12. Introduction to Middleware Systems
13. Internals of Application servers
14. Functional Languages and SOA
15. Speech Processing