Dr. M. S. Rao PhD, M.Sc.
Dr. M. S. Rao was the Ex – Director cum Chief Forensic Scientist of Directorate of Forensic Science Services – Govt. of India, for about Eight years and retired in the year 2009. He has been a Professor cum Scientific Advisor to Gujarat Forensic Sciences University since its inception, and was appointed as an Honorary Adviser, about two years back.
He started his professional career at State Forensic Science Laboratory, Bhubaneshwar in 1975. During his posting in Bhubaneshwar, he pioneered in developing application of Proton Induced X-Ray Emission, the most sensitive non-destructive Forensic Tool used at IIT Kanpur during 1978-79.
Thereafter, he joined Central Forensic Science Laboratory – Kolkata in 1982 as Assistant Director – Ballistics Division, which was then the ‘Centre of Excellence’. He did his Doctorate while in-service at Sagar University, Madhya Pradesh, under the able guidance of Dr. M. Jauhari.
Dr. Rao became the Director of Central Forensic Science Laboratory – Kolkata in 1993 and continued at the post for around eight years. Here, with the support of Dr. M. Jauhari – Usage of Computers and High Speed Cameras in Forensic Ballistics was introduced for the 1st time in India.
During his 8 years service as the Chief Forensic Scientist of the Country, he did certain highly commendable jobs, including: up gradation of Forensic Science Services at both Central and State levels; introducing Forensic Science education at a number of universities and colleges, across the country, along with providing them logistics support to sustain the course; encouraging addition of Forensic Science programs in all Central & State Police training institutes and Judicial academies; launching Forensic awareness programs for Police, Judiciary, Prosecutors and Medico-Legal experts, at almost all State and Central FSLs; strengthening new high-tech Forensic disciplines like: DNA Profiling, Computer Forensics, Audio-Video Forensics, Brain Wave Analysis, Firearms Digital Signature Identification System, Tele-Forensics, etc. and introducing cum implementing the concept of sending Forensic experts to major crime scenes.
He always encouraged the forensic community in India, to upgrade their knowledge & skill in the best possible manner. Therefore, during his tenure he also introduced the Best State FSL Director’s Award; Best Forensic Research Paper Award and Best Crime Scene Management Award.
He succeeded in getting 7 Central and 3 State FSLs accredited by NABL – New Delhi.
He was an active member of a number of ‘R&D projects monitoring committees’ of Directorate of Forensic Science Services – Government of India; Department of Science & Technology – Government of India and Ministry of Information Technology – Government of India.
He developed perspective plans for upgrading the Central Forensic Science Laboratory under Central Bureau of Investigation, New Delhi and 9 State FSLs of the country. He also provided similar up gradation plans for countries like: Maldives, Ethiopia, Seychelles and Vietnam.
He introduced Laboratory Work Manuals in almost all Forensic disciplines, to bring uniformity in laboratory analysis processes, amongst all Forensic Laboratories of the country. Dr. Rao also advocated strengthening of fields like – Preventive Forensics, Tele-Forensics, Crime Scene Management and Forensic Intelligence.
He has published more than 50 research papers in different peer-reviewed journals of national / international repute. 6 PhDs have been awarded under his able guidance.
For his exemplary services in the field, he was awarded the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Services in 1996 and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
Recently, he contributed a generous donation for awarding Gold Medals to the most meritorious female student of M.Sc. – Forensic Science Course; one each, at: Gujarat Forensic Science University and Allahabad Agricultural University, in fond memory of his Late wife Mrs. Lakshmi Rao.