What is forensic science??
Forensic science deals with the scientific examination of a crime. Its
essentially a crime laboratory-based profession, it qualifies students to apply their knowledge of science to the investigation of crime.
Forensic science had been a less explored subject but these serials have given it opportunity to grow and today it is one of the most popular emerging fields of career.
The field is divided into three categories:
Forensic medicine includes forensic pathology, psychiatry, psychology, forensic medicine and odontology (dentistry).
Laboratory sciences comprise chemistry, biology, toxicology, ballistics, fingerprints, questioned documents and impressions.
Field sciences include crime scene investigation including fire and explosion scenes and drug laboratories.
There’s nothing casual about this field and one must be very attentive during studies and during the investigations. Here’s why. “At a crime scene you have only one chance to collect evidence and lead the investigation. Even a single mistake on your part may be responsible for justice being denied,” warns Dr. Kewel Krishan, Senior Assistant professor, Dept of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
The field demands an eye for detail, strong analytical skills and keen observation. The ability to work with experts from other fields like Psychology, Social Science and Statistics is a must. And one must be comfortable working indoors and outdoors
Pay Packet and Opportunities-
There are ample of job opportunities available for forensic graduates in both government departments and private firms. They also have choice to further specialize in the chosen area of their study. Employment in forensic science sector has grown at an unprecedented rate in the last decade. Students can get jobs in law enforcing agencies and investigation agencies like Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Intelligence Bureau (IB), the Central Police Organization (CPO), the CID and also in Narcotics departments.They can engage in private practice and also take up teaching in government and private universities for criminology courses.
Dr. Sally Lukose
Professor & Head
Department of Forensic Science
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