Goa gets forensic science campus; Amit Shah lays foundation stone at Dharbandora



Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday laid the foundation stone of a college affiliated to the National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU) in Dharbandora, South Goa. 

Addressing a gathering after performing ‘Bhoomi Pujan and Shilanyas’ in the presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and other ministers, Shah said, ten years hence Goa will be named as a State producing maximum number of forensic scientists. 

HUMAN RESOURCE: “Goa is well known for seafarers all over world. Similarly after start of Forensic College, Goa would provide most forensic scientists to the country which is facing shortage of human resource in the forensic field. 

He said the government will make it mandatory for forensic teams to visit the scene of crimes that attract imprisonment of more than six years.

Stating that there is paucity of trained manpower in the field of forensic science, he urged science students to join the forensic college.

"We need to create fear in the mind of hardened criminals that they will be behind bars. To do this, you need trained manpower in forensic science, which is in shortage," he said.

INFRASTRUCTURE: "To do this, we should have teams in all 600 districts of the country. In all the districts, there should be smaller forensic science laboratories and at each DySP-level (Deputy Superintendent of Police), there should be a mobile forensic van," the union home minister said.

In order to set up this kind of infrastructure, there is a requirement of 30,000 to 40,000 people, he said.

He said the world’s first forensic science university was conceived in Gujarat when Modi was the chief minister.

"I am honoured that I was home minister (of Gujarat) at that time in his Cabinet and even now when the NFSU is launched, I am home minister," he said. 

ALL ROUND DEVPT: Lauding Goa for its all round development, the Union Home Minister said, "Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is following the path of Parrikar ji for the development of the State."

This is possible due to political stability. He also hailed the Sawant government for covering the entire eligible population in the State with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine and appealed to complete the process of second dose vaccination at the earliest.

EDUCATION HUB: Speaking at the launch ceremony, Sawant projected the State as an education hub and innovation center due to the presence of several institutes of national repute in Goa including NCAOR, National Institute of AYUSH, GIM, IIT, NIT etc.

“Goa is emerging as an educational hub and innovation centre of the country. Taking this into account the government has also plans to set up National School of Law in Dharbandora itself”, Sawant announced and pointed out that this is the beginning to achieve development of Dharbandora taluka.

Sawant said there was no much development in Goa during past sixty decades. However, since 2014, Modi helped achieve remarkable development in Goa in various sectors.

TRANSIT CAMPUS: The forensic college will serve as a transit premises which will offer four courses from this academic year-2021-22 -- a five-year BSc-MSc Forensic Science, three courses of two years namely MSc Forensic Science, MSc Digital Forensics and Information Security and MSc Cyber Security.

The permanent campus has been set up on a land of 50 acres allotted to NFSU by Government of Goa.

Vice Chancellor, Forensic Science University Dr J M Vyas briefed the Union Home Minister and others about the facilities that will be made available at the campus. 

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