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Be a Sherlock Holmes
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Fascinating study: Forensic scientists convert clues collected from a crime scene into evidence admissible in a court of law.
I have heard about an institute of the Agriculture Ministry in Rajasthan that offers an MBA-type programme in Agriculture Business. Please provide the details and the address of the contact person.
via e-mail, Bangalore
The National Institute of Agricultural Marketing ( www.ccsniam.gov.in), Jaipur, Rajasthan (an autonomous organisation under the Union Ministry of Agriculture), conducts the two-semester Post-Graduate Diploma in Agri-Business Management (PGDABM).
The minimum qualification for admission is a four-year Bachelor’s degree with second class/equivalent CGPA in Agriculture or allied subjects, Veterinary Science, Dairy Technology, Food Technology, Agri-Engineering from any agricultural university or institution that is recognised by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR).
Those who want to join the programme will have to take the NIAMAT-2010 by applying online. The applications can be taken from the website of the Institute. The test will be held on January 17. It will be followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview. For more details, contact the Director General, NIAM, Kota Road, Bambala, near Sanganer, Jaipur-302 033. Ph: 0141-2795101 – 104. Fax: 0141-2770595. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you give me details of the courses conducted by the Forest Management Institute, Bhopal? I am a B.Sc student and I need the details to plan my career.
The Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) (1982) ( www.iifm.ac.in) is a centre for excellence which operates under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. It offers the following courses:
Two-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management (PGDFM) approved by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as equivalent to a Master’s degree.
Four-year Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), approved by AICTE as equivalent to Ph.D. of the University environment in India.
IIFM also conducts Management Development Programmes (MDPs) which cater to the requirements of all stakeholders of ecology and environment.
For more details of the courses at IIFM, you can browse the website or contact the Institute at IIFM, Nehru Nagar, Bhopal-462 003. Ph: 0755-2775716.
Courses and certificates
I have completed three years of the B.Com course from an university but have passed only four papers, two each from first and second years. I have received a course completion certificate from the university as well.
Please advice if I can apply for jobs.
via e-mail, Bangalore
It is routine for any university to mention that a student has completed the course; however, you will not get a degree certificate at the end of the programme.
If you want a certificate, you will have to pass all the papers/courses that are assigned by the university authorities. On completion you will have to apply for the convocation certificate and only then would you be considered to have graduated.
You should also note that the university has every right to change the papers/courses of any programme and it is advisable that you complete the programme at the earliest and ensure that you are certified as per the statutes of the university.
I have completed Bachelor’s and Master’s in Physical Education. I am presently working in a college. I am looking for a sports scholarship to further pursue my field of study. Are any scholarships available?
via e-mail, Bangalore
The Inlaks-Shivdasani Foundation ( www.inlaksfoundation.org) offers Inlaks Sports Awards for talented sportsmen and women who have proven outstanding record and potential to grow in any given sport.
The applicant should be under 25 years of age.
For more details, you should contact The Administrator, Inlaks India Foundation, 86/87, Atlanta, Nariman Point, Mumbai-400 021. Ph: 022-22884351.
I am the placement officer and a faculty member of Sociology in a college for the past six years. My students are setting up various clubs which help the student community to learn and understand various aspects of a field of study. One such idea is to start a Forensic Appreciation Club. Please provide inputs about Forensic Science. I would also like to know about the different institutes in India offering courses in this subject.
Forensic science is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system. It is always in relation to crime and to civil action. The word ‘forensic’ in Latin means a forum.
For better understanding of the field, we need to know the various disciplines within Forensics:
Forensic Psychology (Forensic Psychiatry)
Forensic science is concerned with the application of scientific principles for the investigation of crime. Using the very latest in technology, forensic scientists convert the clues collected from a crime scene into evidence admissible in a court of law. It is the use or application of science in courts or legal proceedings.
It has been considered as a challenging and interesting field for those who are inquisitive and would like to walk the mile to get to the nuances of a crime. Forensic science is essentially a crime laboratory-based profession; the course qualifies students to apply their knowledge of science to the investigation of crime.
The scientists analyse all physical evidence found on a victim at the scene of a crime and compare it to evidence found on a suspect and provide expert testimony in a court of law. The evidence might include traces of blood, saliva, other body fluids, hair, fingerprints, footwear and tyre impressions, explosives, specimens of tissue for poisons, blood and urine for alcohol etc. Their expertise lies in the determination of facts using these evidences.
Any student or individual who has graduated in physics, chemistry, zoology, botany, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacy, dentistry or applied science can study the subject.
Those with qualifications in the field of forensics can find employment with law enforcement agencies and legal systems and in the investigative services of the government and private agencies.
You can even become a criminal lawyer and make a career out of the same. We are sure the system will be able to throw up a Sherlock Holmes, Watson, Poirot or our own Karamchand once you get to understand the nuances.
The following are some of the courses that are available: Diploma in Forensic Science and Criminology; PG Diploma in Forensic Science and Criminology; Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science and Criminology; Master’s degree in Forensic Science and Criminology Research. The universities and institutes that offer courses in the field of forensic sciences are:
Osmania University, Hyderabad
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Forensic Sciences Department, University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai
Central Forensic Science Laboratory, CBI, Block- IV, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003. E-mail : email@example.com
National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science (NICFS), New Delhi.
National Law University, NH-65, Nagour Road, Mandore, Jodhpur-342304 (Rajasthan). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram-695 033
One can even pursue a course in Law on a regular basis (three-year) and get to criminology and forensic science. A course in law will help one to practice as a criminal lawyer as well.
Through the EducationPlus column, can you provide the address of TISS, Mumbai?
via e-mail, Bangalore
The address of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) ( www.tiss.edu) is Post Box 8313, Deonar, Mumbai-400 088. E-mail: email@example.com
I want to take up the CSIR examination but am confused about the eligibility in relationship to age criteria.
The following is the age limit specification for the examination:
(a) Junior Research Fellowship (JRF): The upper age limit is 28 years as on July 1/January 1 for the December/June exams respectively of the year of examination. This limit is relaxed up to five years in the case of SC/ST/OBC/physically handicapped and female applicants.
(b) Lectureship (LS): Even candidates above 28 years can attempt NET for Lectureship only, as there is no upper age limit.
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