Are you inquisitive?
The science that applies scientific principles to investigate a crime is known as forensic science. The work of forensic scientists is to visit the crime scene to collect clues and convert them into evidences. The clues are generally in the form of finger prints, saliva, hair, even tyre marks or anything that is of importance as far as the case in hand is concerned.
It is an apt career for curious and adventurous youngsters. As the course involves application of science in investigation of crime, it is essential that one must have completed 10+2 in science stream for graduation courses or be graduates in any one of the science subjects to opt for a post graduation course.
Opportunities for forensic scientists are not only limited to criminal cases but is available in civil cases too such as identification of signature in wills etc. Their job is not merely limited to preparing expert report as they have to appear in person in courts to substantiate it.
For B.Sc., in forensic sciences aspirants should have completed 10+2 with science as main subjects. Students can also enroll for post graduation courses after graduating with in any of the science subjects, BDS and B. Pharm. Those with MBBS degree can opt for MD in forensic sciences. Apart from degree courses, there are diploma and certificate courses also available.
A keen eye for details, inquisitiveness, accuracy, logical thinking, methodical and practical are some of the attributes that are expected of a forensic scientist.
In the private sector, employment opportunities exist in detective agencies, security service, etc. As far as the government sector is concerned, opportunities exist in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and police force.
Forensic scientists have diverse options as their areas of specialization are branched out; for example, engineering, medicine, geology, linguistics, etc.
Institutes that offer courses in forensic sciences:
Faculty of law,
University of Pune
Ganeshkhind Road, Pune, Maharashtra
Institute of Forensic Science and Criminology,
Kanpur Road, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh – 284128
Department of Biochemistry,
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh – 500007
Department of Forensic Science,
Patiala, Punjab, – 147 002
University of Delhi
Department of Antropology,
University of Delhi, Delhi – 110 007
Department of Chemistry,
University School of Sciences, Gujarat University, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad – 380009.