CRIME has never been so slithery. In the last couple of years, sophisticated technology and satellite transmissions have made it possible for criminals to commit a crime and literally wash their hands off it.
With this in mind, SGTB Khalsa College started a postgraduate diploma in forensic science in 2009. Two years later, the focus of the programme is not just to provide students with the right skills but also to offer them international exposure.
“Forensic science is a multidisciplinary field, which involves working in different areas such as chemistry, botany, physics and computer science, among others. In our country, only 3% of the cases are solved through the forensic method, the rest are solved by using the ‘third-degree’ method,” says GS Sodhi, associate professor and coordinator, Forensic Science Unit, SGTB Khalsa College, Delhi University.
Many European countries, he adds, have done away with the third degree system and it is time that India also does away with it.
The course is a comprehensive module, encompassing important branches of forensic science such as forgery in handwriting, fingerprinting, comparison of marks of bullets, hair-analysis and analysis of drugs of abuse, crime scene management, forensic psychology and forensic toxicology. The one-year course, divided into two semesters, has 30 seats for students who have graduated in science (BSc in any stream) with at least 55% marks. Admission is done on the basis of merit.
According to Sodhi, the course will allow students to be part of some interesting research that is going on and also, on its completion, will offer job opportunities in both India and abroad.
Talking about faculty members, Sodhi says, “There are three faculty members and three guest lecturers. Besides, we invite visiting faculty members as and when required. We have special equipment ranging from crime detection kits and comparison microscopes to light sources and digital voice recorder.”
The Forensic Science Unit has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bureau of Police Research and Development, ministry of home affairs, for validation and endorsement of research activities and with University of Fraser Valley in Canada for the benefit of students.
“Under the MoU with University of Fraser Valley, once students complete the diploma course, they can pursue MA in criminal justice. After completing their MA, they’ll get a one-year work permit and can seek employment in any forensic science or criminology-related organisation in Canada. Even while studying they are permitted to undertake part-time employment for 20 hours a week,” informs Sodhi.
Forms are available at the college counter and can also be downloaded from the college website (http://sgtbkhal sadu.ac.in). The last date for applying is July 20.