Dr. M.S. Dahiya (M.Sc., Ph.D.) is the founderDirector of Institute of Forensic Science (IFS) since November 2008. He is holding the additional charge of Director, Institute of Behavioral Science since December 2016. He is one of the most experienced forensic scientists of the country. He obtained M.Sc. degree in Criminology and Forensic Sciences in 1973 with Gold Medal and was awarded the Ph.D. degree in Forensic Chemistry from Sagar University. He continued as a Postdoctoral Fellow of CSIR at Sagar University for one year and then joined the Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS), Gandhinagar through Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) where he rose to the position of Deputy Director in 2007. During his illustrious and successful career of 30 years in Forensic SciencesLaboratory, he did a vital role in resolving a number of sensitive, challenging and high profile cases. He also served as a member in various high power committees formed by state as well as central Home Ministry.He contributed passionately in imparting training to various cadres of Police Officers, Judicial Officers, Banking Officials and Forest Department officials in the areas related to Forensic Science, Narcotics, Explosives, Wildlife Crimes, Computer Forensics and Crime Scene Management at DFS and GFSU as well.Few of his achievements are:
- Published more than 120 research papers in various scientific journals of repute.
- Prepared and complied the Toxicology Manual for BPR&D, under the Chairmanship of Director, DFS, Gujarat.
- Has been the Member of Chemistry and Explosives, Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Manual Committee, prepared by BPR&D.
- Got NABL accreditation of various departments of DFS – Gandhinagar as Quality Manager.
- Authored two booksentitled “Crime scene management” and “Principles and Practices in Contemporary Forensic Sciences”
- Appointed as a member of Hooch Tragedy commission by Government of Gujarat, headed by Retd. Mr. Justice K. M. Mehta.
As a Director at Institute of Forensic Science, he developed a number of innovative and industry oriented successfullyrunning academic programs and nurtured the same by establishing State-of-the-Art laboratories of all the important fields of Forensic Science. The development of “ISO 9001:2015 Certified Ballistic Research Centre and Ballistic Resistant Armor and Armored Vehicle Testing Range” in this university is one his most remarkable contribution towards the development of GFSU. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of “Cyber Defense Center” in the university. Under the leadership of Dr. Dahiya, number of national and international conferences and workshops were successfully organized.
He is recipient of the prestigious “Meritorious Award in Forensic Science – 2003” in recognition of crime scene management, support to police officers at crime scene and laboratory analysis by the ministry of Home affairs, Govt.of India. Dr. Dahiya was felicitated in the year 2015by “Bharat Gaurav Awards” by India International Friendship Society. His contribution towards the development of Forensic Science in India was recognized byThe Protector Group in 2017with a “Life Time Achievement Award”. His tireless work in the forensic and investigative sciences continues endlessly.