Forensic Science is a branch of science which applies the principles of science in investigation of crime by finding those clues which escape normal eye. After analyzing the evidence found on the crime scene, their testimony is presented in the court of law. Forensic Science is a Master’s degree course pursued by meritorious graduates in microbiology, biochemistry, zoology, chemistry, physics, applied science or botany. Students can choose between different courses like – forensic physics, forensics chemistry, forensics biology, forensic pathology, forensics medicine, forensic fingerprinting and many more according to their interests. Without great observation skills, natural inquisitive nature, talent for analyzing things scientifically and high IQ, it is no use pursuing a career in forensic sciences. Here is the list of top 10 forensic science colleges in India.
1. Bundelkhand University
The Bundelkhand University established in 1975, belongs to the younger generation of Indian Universities which have fast grown into institutions of excellence offering opportunities for students who aspire to earn degree in Forensic Sciences. Based on the merit obtained by the candidate in the entrance test conducted by the University, admissions are given in M.Sc in Forensic Science which is course of 2 years.
2. IFS India Education Department
IFS India is the first university to provide Online and Distance Forensic Education and Certification in India. ‘IFS India & USLEF’ are registered with Government of India, Government of Maharashtra in addition to being registered with Dun & Bradstreet, U.S. Federal Government. The university offers courses like Forensic Science and Criminology, Forensic Entomology, Forensic Science and Fingerprint, Cell Phone Forensics, Questioned Documents and Handwriting, Private Investigator (Detective), Forensic Science and Document Examination, Forensic Science and Forensic Graphology, Document and Fingerprint Examination and many more.
3. Dr.Bhim Rao Ambedkar University- Agra
Originally known as Agra University it was founded on 1st of July, 1927, and renamed as Dr B. R. Ambedkar University in 1996. The university strives to impart innovative education which can meet both the national and international standards. For students who seek education in forensic science, the institution has M. Sc. 2 Years, Full Time, Post Graduate Degree.
4. Amity Institute of Forensic Sciences
Amity Institute of Forensic Sciences is one of the leading forensic sciences institutes in India. Founded by Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan, Chairman of AKC Group of Companies, the institution is considered amongst the best in today’s world. It imparts quality education with a proper blend of theory and practical components in the courses offered – B.Sc (H) Forensic Science, M.Sc Forensic Science and soon to be launched PhD in Forensic Sciences.
5. Osmania University, Hyderabad
The Osmania University of Hyderabad provides a unique multi-disciplinary programme imparting both theoretical and practical grounding of crime science to aspiring students. The courses offered in the institution are M.Sc (Forensic Science) also called Criminalistics and Ph.D. Forensic Science. The institution has excellent facilities of laboratory, library, computer and required instruments available in the science departments accessible to the students.
6. Dr. Hari Singh Gour University
Formerly referred to as University of Sagar, Dr. Hari Singh Gour University is the oldest university in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The institution offers courses in Criminology & Forensic Science to aspiring students under following criteria – Bachelor of Arts (Criminology), Master of Arts (Criminology), Ph.D. (Criminology), Bachelor of Science (Forensic Sciences), Master of Science (Forensic Sciences), Doctor of Philosophy (Forensic Sciences), Diploma in Criminology & Forensic Science for Police personnel, Diploma in Criminology & Police Administration.
7. University of Madras
The University of Madras is established on the model of London University. One of the oldest established universities in southern part of India, University of Madras provides excellent learning and research opportunities for its students. Students can complete their M.Sc. in Cyber Forensics & Information Security under the department of Criminology. Eligibility is a degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications / Information Technology or B.Sc. in Mathematics/ Physics/Statistics/ Electronic Science or B.E./B.Tech.
8. Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology & Forensic Science (LNJN NICFS), Delhi
Established in 1972, the institute recognized by UGC provides comprehensive facilities for training, teaching and research in both the Criminology and Forensic Science in its campus. The institute provides training for officers in police, judiciary and correctional services and also others engaged in the criminal justice system. The courses offered are Master of Arts in Criminology, Master of Science in Forensic Science and Master of Science in Criminology.
9. Gujarat Forensic Sciences University
Established by the Government of Gujarat, the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University is a highly specialized higher education institution that came into existence in 2008. It is the only university across the world, dedicated to Forensic & Investigative Science, which further promotes ethical values and encourages scientific and investigative skills among its students. With wide range of courses it is successfully creating well trained experts in fields related to forensic sciences.