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Did you know: Cigarette butts and sweet wrappers too could provide forensic evidence after a crime?

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Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple are surely some of the original sources of the craze that has come up for forensic science. These characters have fascinated a number of minds for years. To add to it, the crime shows on various TV channels like Criminal Minds, CSI, Bones, etc., (How can we not mention our very own CID here?) have only added to the popularity of investigative sciences like forensics and have undoubtedly added a touch of glamour and intrigue by the way they portray forensic science, but let us not think that potential careers start and end with police work. One is able to make an impression in many other job sectors too. Great emphasis is placed not only on developing the skills of forensic examination, but also on their application and on the communication of findings to the layperson. After all, law enforcement work is more than a job to most who get involved in it.

Forensic science is basically the application of various scientific methods and techniques for the purpose of justice. Forensic science often seeks to provide answers to a number of questions like – what? why? where? when? who? how? from whom? and so on. The application of science and technology, to the detection and investigation of crime and administration of justice is nothing new. Although our ancestors did not know forensic science in its present form, scientific methods in one way or the other, seem to have been followed in the investigation of crime. Criminals could escape the punishment in the ancient world on account of the absence of the standardised forensic practices. Forced confessions, witness testimony and hearsay evidences were the sole options. However, advanced methods and techniques came up with the passage of time to help facilitate the criminal justice system.

Forensic science can arbitrarily be divided into three broad groups namely -medical, laboratory and field science. Forensic medicine, psychiatry, psychology, pathology, odontology (dentistry), anthropology, entomology, etc., are the examples of medical science. Laboratory sciences include toxicology, chemistry, biology, illicit drug analysis, questioned document, cyber forensics, etc., while field sciences include crime scene investigation, which incorporates areas such as fire, arson and explosion scenes. Also, fingerprints and firearms examination are included in field sciences. Criminal investigation is not the only application of forensic science (as most of the people think). It plays an important role in various issues ranging from questions of the validity of a signature on a will, to a claim of product liability, to questions of whether a corporation is complying with environmental laws, etc. Forensic science is thus a rewarding career where the love of science can be applied for the benefit of society, public health, and safety.

Did you know that it is possible to trace your DNA from anything that you touch?

Did you know that bare footprints and palmprints are unique to you in just the same way as your fingerprints are?

Did you know that cigarette butts and even sweet wrappers found at the scene of a crime could often provide invaluable forensic evidence?

Forensic science is one of the most exciting subjects to study a subject that fascinates most of us. What makes it so exciting to study? It is probably the varied nature of the problems to be solved and the unique challenges that are posed with each and every case. Mentioned above are just a few examples of how far we have come. Realising the full potential of forensic science and crime scene investigation, law enforcement agencies and several government owned and private crime labs have come up. Presently, in India, there are seven Central Forensic Science Laboratories along with a number of state, regional, district and mobile forensic science laboratories. Now, there is an acute shortage of trained and learned forensic scientists and experts in the country. Opportunities exist in government organisations such as in the Forensic Science Laboratories, Intelligence Bureau (IB), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the CID, the crime cells of state police forces as well as in large private detective agencies and laboratories among others.

Some people may wonder if their job makes a difference or if they’re just wasting time without any self-contentment. Forensic scientists and experts need not wonder whether they are making a meaningful contribution to society or not. Their job entails such tasks, which on completion help them present their findings to police, agencies, doctors, detectives, lawyers, judges, etc., and often provide expert testimony during trials in the Hon?ble courts. As a result, forensic experts can find fulfillment in knowing that their work may be the deciding factor in determining guilt or innocence of a particular suspect.

We, at Government Institute of Forensic Science, Nagpur, are playing a leading role in nurturing young minds in this field of interest. IFSc Nagpur operates directly under The Higher and Technical Education Department of Government of Maharashtra. We offer exciting opportunities to the students who are interested in opting for a challenging career in the field, leading to the award of B.Sc. Forensic Science Degree, M.Sc. Forensic Science Degree, PG Diploma in Forensic Science and Related Law (PGDF) and P.G. Diploma in Digital and Cyber Forensic and Related law (PGDC). Under the able leadership and guidance of our Director Dr. Jairam M. Khobragade, our well equipped library with a huge range of books, laboratories, experienced and enthusiastic teaching staff, and extensive learning, support facilities in the form of regular mock crime scene demonstrations, guest lectures, seminars, educational visits to various institutions of academic importance, etc. They also provide a stimulating study environment for the benefit of our students.

For more details, visit our institute and check the link: www.ifscnagpur.in

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Colleges

Nagpur’s LAD College celebrates 90 years of existence at ‘Navrang’

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Nation Next Newsroom | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Bombuflat

Nagpur’s esteemed educational institution LAD College celebrated 90 years of existence at a valedictory function called ‘Navrang’ on May 7, 2022. Nagpur District Collector and Magistrate R Vimala was the chief guest at the function.

Prominently present at the occasion were Dr Avinash Deshmukh (Vice President, Women’s Education Society), Dr Harsha Jharia (Chief Administrative Office, WES) Dr Deepali Kotwal (Principal, LAD College), Dr Nanda Rathi (Co-Ordinator of the year-long celebrations), Dr M Pantula, (Treasurer, WES), Pratiksha Mayee, entrepreneur Shilpa Agrawal, alumnae, students and faculty members.

During her address, R Vimala spoke about the essence of solidarity, fraternity and humility to achieve success on humanitarian grounds. Dr Deshmukh reiterated the thoughts put forth regarding women development for the progression of the society.

Dr Kotwal expressed her gratitude towards all those who consistently worked towards the dream set forth by YM Pathak since 1932 and acknowledged the contribution of each LADian. Shilpa Agrawal, alumni of the college, was felicitated during the occasion for her contribution towards the society as an entrepreneur.

A souvenir, titled Navrang, documenting several voices of its alumnae, teachers and administrators was unveiled by R Vimala and other dignitaries present on the dais. A special feature ‘An Ode to the Institution: Nine Decades Down Memory Lane’ denoting the glorious journey of LAD College was showcased by an award-winning video made by Zainab Burhani.

Dr Rathi informed the gathering with the nine different events marking each decade that were initiated by the college. Another section – Appreciation, Reminiscences and Reunion – had all those associated with the college, express their feelings, emotions and gratitude towards their alma mater. The programme was marked by cultural event comprising of classical dance form performed by students and songs sung by the staff members.

The programme was hosted by Dr Vaikhari Wazalwar, co-convenor of the event and Dr Laila Bhairayya. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Karuna Ganvir – the convener of the event. The entire teaching and non-teaching staff contributed immensely for the success of the programme.

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Students floor audience with their performances at Gaikwad Patil College’s ‘Flashmob 2K22’

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Nation Next Newsroom | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Students of Nagpur’s Tulsiramji Gaikwad Patil College of Engineering and Technology impressed the audience present with their performances at ‘Flashmob 2K22’ organised by the training and placement department of the college recently.

The event kick started after remarks from Director Dr Prashant Kadu. RJ Nisha from Big FM 92.7 was also present during the event, which also consisted of installation of the Mavericks Students forum. Apart from enabling the students to have some fun, the event also aimed at instilling interpersonal skills, confidence and critical thinking for solving real world problems.

Waseem Qureshi, Shweta Bhoyar, Chetan Jambhulkar, Abhay Rewatkar, Sandeep Thakre, Pravin Petkar, Rohit Deshmukh, Akansha Bhondade, Kavish Gaurkhede and all Mavericks Students forum members worked tirelessly to make the event a grand success.

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Students, parents have fun-filled day at ‘Wonderland’ organised by Jain International School in Nagpur

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Jain International School (JIS), on December 19, hosted a fun fete – Wonderland: A Fun Fiesta’ for the students of JIS and their feeder kindergarten – Little Jewels. At the fete, parents and friends of the students of the school were also invited. The event was a great opportunity for the students to have a fun time with their friends, parents and teachers after a long time.

The theme of the fete was Fantasy. Abiding by the theme, children, parents and teachers were dressed as their favourite ‘fantasy’ character. Following all the COVID-19 protocols strictly, teachers, dressed up as popular fantasy characters, rolled out the red carpet for students and organized a plethora of super exciting activities.

An eye-catching fantasy backdrop coupled with music and dance left the attendees extremely delighted. The event included one-of-a-kind games such as Kill Voldemort and Witchs Hat Ring Toss. Interesting activities related to pottery and tattoo making along with a food court with several delicacies to feast on kept the attendees in good spirits.

Senior Principal Anmol Badjatia and members of the management of Jain International School lauded the teachers and the organizing committee for their efforts in making the event a success.

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