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Karnataka to get its first forensic science university in Namma Bengaluru

Date: 08-01-18

Modern day skills required to crack modern day crimes, says home minister Reddy; Univ could be set up in B'luru, Mysuru or Hubballi

Karnataka to get its first forensic science university in Namma Bengaluru

Consider this: One policeman for around 700 people in Bengaluru. Now add VIP duties and special occasions such as festivals or election bandobust. Then take into account rudimentary policing skills and/or lack of training to upgrade their crime detection capability. Mix these well. What you'll get now are the 46,000+ pending cases in Bengaluru alone.

Our modern day police official, despite his/her best intentions, is clearly no match for the modern day criminal. And to fix this problem, the state government has decided to set up a forensic university that offers specialized courses to serving police officials and officers in resolving complex crimes.

The university is likely to come up in Bengaluru, Mysuru or Hubballi. Money for the proposed university will be allocated in the 2018-19 state budget.

Home minister Ramalinga Reddy told Bangalore Mirror that experts and senior police officers had suggested that a full-fledged forensic university be set up in Karnataka. "Of late, there have been changes in the nature of crimes and conmen have been increasingly adopting technology to escape from the clutches of the law. If we equip and train our police personnel in similar technology, such culprits can easily be traced and brought to book. On Thursday too we had an informal meeting with the DG&IG about setting up the forensic university. We are working out on the cost and required infrastructure for the project so that it can be included in the forthcoming budget for the year 2018-19," said Reddy.

The forensic university will be open to general students too. "It will be like any other university but entirely dedicated to forensic technology with advanced equipment. It will also offer courses besides supporting the home department in detecting some of the complex cases. Police personnel, from the ranks of constables to IPS officers, will be sent to the University for training in modern day forensics," Reddy said.

In Bengaluru, police are increasingly relying on forensics to crack crimes and build a watertight case against criminals. In 2009, the forensic laboratories in Bengaluru and five other ranges dealt with 1,373 cases that had 63509 exhibits; by 2016, the corresponding numbers had zoomed to 20,031 cases with 1,19,307 exhibits.

While many universities (like Osmania University, Hyderabad, Amity etc.) offer a degree in forensic sciences, there are institutes (like Institute of Forensics, Mumbai, and Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, Delhi) which offer specialized courses as well. In 2008, Gujarat Forensic Sciences University became the first university in the world dedicated solely to forensic science and crime investigation.

During a discussion on the proposed university in the legislative council on Thursday, BJP MLC Thara Anooradha drew the attention of the government to the lack of technical expertise among state police. "Our police can crack a crime only if the criminal is carrying a mobile. If the criminal hasn't used a mobile, the police fail to investigate the case. Many officials have also forgotten the traditional techniques of investigation. It is high time that the police must train them in the latest technology and help crack modern day crimes," she said.

Maybe that's what is needed to solve the MM Kalaburgi murder case (killed on August 30, 2015; no leads yet). Or the gunning down of Gauri Lankesh (killed on September 5; no leads yet).