Banaras Hindu University introduces MSc in forensic science

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVARANASI: Banaras Hindu University will be the first in the country to introduce a masters course in forensic science in collaboration with a Hyderabad based laboratory and two foreign universities. The department of chemistry, BHU will also play a major role in this endeavour which will see participation of as many as 37 more departments of the varsity. The course will be started from the next academic session (2014-15).

According to the vice-chancellor of BHU, Lalji Singh, the course will also be available online for the professionals from law, police, government and private investigating agencies. There will be no age limit for the online module of the course. P 3

The V-C also informed about the soon to be started DNA fingerprinting and molecular diagnostics facility in the university.

“The DNA fingerprinting and molecular diagnostics facility along with the forensic science study and research will give the region much needed investigative facility to provide forensic services, including DNA profiling, document verification, disputed fingerprints, cyber forensics and crime scene investigation, incident reconstruction, failure analysis, psychological evaluation and audio-visual identification and authentication. We will invite experts of international repute to come and train the faculty and other staff here,” said Singh, who played a major role in establishing the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) at Hyderabad under the department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

“It will help for betterment of crime investigation scenario as there is acute dearth of such advance facilities not only in the region but across the country,” observed the V-C.

Source: Times Of India