The state cabinet at its meeting held on Wednesday gave clearance for setting up of a forensic science institute in Nagpur. Affiliated to Nagpur University it will start functioning from the current academic session. In 2009 the government had set such institutes in Mumbai and Aurangabad, the third will now come up in the city.
A note issued by the government said looking to growing criminal activity in high-technology fields involving cyber space, internet, hacking of websites m credit card frauds and mobile phone misuse, a need was felt for starting diploma, graduate and post-graduate courses in forensic sciences.
A staff strength of 65 has been sanctioned for the institute. Initially it will be housed in the Government Science College and will shift to its own premises at a later stage, the note said. An earlier set up advisory board of the government will help in getting the courses started from this session.
The cabinet has also approved setting up of a local experts group for the purpose. But it said that it would be advisable to have courses maintaining uniformity with the other two institutes.
It was also decided to sanction a total of Rs 5.35 crore for the year 2011-12 for the forensic institute. It will have powers to spend from the planned outlay. The cabinet has also directed that the new institute be integrated with the Nagpur University for administrative and academic matters.