FORENSIC SCIENCE, A FIELD OF VERSATILITY WITH PROLIFIC OPPORTUNITY
“Any place that anyone can learn something useful from someone with experience is an educational institution” — William Wordsworth
Institute of Forensic Science under the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University has been established with a sole aim of creating much required expertise in the field of criminal investigation with the application of advanced scientific techniques. The primary and the most important mission of this institution are to inculcate the application of various scientific disciplines for the purpose of justice delivery among the needy. Starting with the much conservative disciplines of Forensic Sciences, this institution has come a long way by introducing more contemporary disciplines in the field of science and technology. More impetus is being given to the development of various specializations through which the main goal of creations of experts could be achieved. This in turn would lead to the efficient services from the young experts in various sectors in the government and private organizations. Not shrugging off from the traditionally embarked subjects such as Fingerprints, Questioned documents, Ballistics, Analytical chemistry, Toxicology, Explosives, Serology and DNA analysis; Forensic sciences have evolved new arena. Venturing into the modern technology in the associated streams betokens such an innovative step of this institute. In every specialty of forensic sciences, there has been synergetic inclusion of the novel techniques for the easier, smoother, fool proof methods of investigation for the more perfect results.
One of the most fascinating entities in the contemporary forensic sciences is that of cyber forensics which finds excellent prospects in almost every field irrespective of the area of interest (portfolio)/ departments. From the traditional methods of imparting solutions for the criminal investigation, there has been giant leap made forward in the form of introducing digital forensics as a solution for the complexities associated with cyber related crimes or the crimes involving Information and Communication technology arena. One of the most sought after technology in the modern era is that of the information technology and solutions for the cyber-crimes. It is very obvious that the information and communication are the nerve centres for any criminal act. In the era of communication and information system’s excellence, the abuses are also getting more common and are being executed by the perpetrators of crimes as they are being easily handled by the tech savvy criminals. Global scenario reveals the dearth of the experts in this specialty.
The technological know how is being offered in the academic curricula for the aspiring cyber-crime investigators. This has been encapsulated in academic curricula known as Digital Forensics and Information Assurance and Cyber Security and Incident Response as Master’s degree programmes of Technology. The combination of technology and science gets the perfect fusion in the form of the best resolution for every criminal investigation involving cyber-crimes and breaches of information security.
The Institute of Forensic Science has introduced a scheme of Awards for its meritorious students, namely:
- Gujarat Forensic Sciences University Gold Medal for the most meritorious student of M.Sc. – Forensic Science Course.
- Laxmi Memorial Award – awarding Gold Medal to the most meritorious female student of M. Sc. – Forensic Science Course. (The financial aid towards this award, has been donated by Dr. M. S. Rao, Ex – Director cum Chief Forensic Scientist – Directorate of Forensic Science Services – MHA – GOI – New Delhi, in memory of his wife; Late Mrs. Laxmi Rao)