B.Sc. in Forensic Science and Criminiology

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Objectives

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights directs the member nations to create such conditions under which the ideals of free human beings, enjoying civil and political freedom from fear and want, can be achieved. The Constitution of India, through its various articles, strives to ensure security and safety of citizens in accordance with the principles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, crime is a violation of these principles. In a country like India, where majority of population is uneducated, social set up is heterogeneous, public-police relations are not very cordial, poverty is rampant and unemployment widespread, it is not surprising that crime rate is increasing exponentially.

If we have to create conditions conducive to harmonious development, we must mitigate the crime rate. This can best be achieved by relying on the support of forensic science system. Unfortunately, in our country, forensic science is not viewed as a core investigative skill in crime detection. In fact, there is a lack of understanding of the forensic process itself. It is for this reason that less than 10% of the police cases are, at present, being referred for forensic examination. Less than 5% are solved by the application of forensic science. The rest are solved by third degree method – a practice which the human rights organizations will not allow in days to come.

In majority of serious crime cases, hi-tech measures are being adopted by perpetrators of crime. The counter measures have to be more sophisticated to surpass them. This calls for strengthening the foundations of forensic science at national level. It is with this aim that we wish to initiate a B.Sc. (Hons) Course in Forensic Science.

The following are the objectives of this course.

  1. To emphasize the importance of scientific methods in crime detection.
  2. To disseminate information on the advancements in the field of forensic science.
  3. To highlight the importance of forensic science for perseverance of the society.
  4. To review the steps necessary for achieving highest excellence in forensic science.
  5. To generate talented human resource, commensurating with latest requirements of forensic science.
  6. To provide a platform for students and forensic scientists to exchange views, chalk-out collaborative programs and work in a holistic manner for the advancement of forensic science.

Eligibility

  • Passed Class XII from a recognized Board in science stream.
  • The admission will be done on merit basis taking into consideration the aggregate marks obtained in the following three subjects:
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Any one out of Mathematics or Biology in whichever subject the candidate has scored higher marks.

OVERVIEW OF CURRICULUM

I. CORE COURSE

Year Semester Paper No. Title of Paper
    FSHT-101 Introduction to Forensic Science
  I FSHT-102 Crime and Society
First   FSHT-201 Criminal Law
  II FSHT-202 Forensic Psychology
    FSHT-301 Forensic Dermatoglyphics
  III FSHT-302 Technological Methods in Forensic Science
Second   FSHT-303 Criminalistics
    FSHT-401 Forensic Chemistry
  IV FSHT-402 Questioned Documents
    FSHT-403 Forensic Biology
    FSHT-501 Forensic Ballistics
  V FSHT-502 Forensic Toxicology
    FSHT-601 Forensic Anthropology
Third VI FSHT-602 Forensic Medicine

II. ELECTIVE COURSE

A. Discipline Specific B. Generic Elective/Interdisciplinary
Two each in Semester V and VI. To be chosen One each in Semester I, II, III and IV.
from the following. To be chosen from the following.
DSE-1: Digital Forensics GE-1: Physics
DSE-2: Economic Offences GE-2: Chemistry
DSE-3: Forensic Serology GE-3: Botany
DSE-4: Accident Investigations GE-4: Zoology
DSE-5: DNA Typing GE-5: Anthropology
DSE-6: Dissertation (in Semester VI only) GE-6: Computer Science
    GE-7: Economics
    GE-8: Psychology

III. ABILITY ENHANCEMENT COURSE

1. Ability Enhancement Compulsory 2. Ability Enhancement Elective (Skill Based)
One each in Semester I and II. One each in Semester III and IV. To be chosen from
AECC-1: Environmental Science the following.
AECC-2: English/MIL Communication AEEC-1: Introduction to Biometry
  AEEC-2: Handwriting Identification and Recognition
  AEEC-3: Forensic Science and Society