Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has introduced a new course – M. Sc. in Forensic Science in alliance with a Hyderabad based laboratory and two foreign universities. The course will on offer from the current academic session (2014-15).
The BHU is the first in country to offer a postgraduate course in forensic science. The Chemistry Department of BHU will play a major role in this endeavour along with the participation of as many as 37 more departments of the varsity.
The vice-chancellor of BHU, Lalji Singh, said that the course will also be available online exclusively for the working professionals from law, police, government and private investigating agencies. There will be no age limit for the online module of the course.
The University will offer DNA fingerprinting and molecular diagnostics facility soon, as further informed by the Singh.
As stated by the V-C, Lalji Singh, 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. The varsity will invite experts of international repute to train the faculty and other staff for the news M. Sc. course in forensic science, said Singh.