To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize everything connects to everything else. … Leonardo Da Vinci
National Forensic Sciences University, the erstwhile Gujarat Forensic Sciences University is the brain child of Govt of Gujarat. It was established by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri. Narendra Modiji, then Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2009 with a sole objective of creating professional experts in the field of Forensic sciences. At a juncture of spiking number of crimes involving sophisticated technologies and much evolved modus operandi, there was a need for scientists and technocrats. Thereby the resolution of such heinous crimes were more diligently possible. This has been prudently considered by the Govt of Gujarat and the university came into existence as a unique and first of its kind academic institution dedicated to Forensic Sciences across the globe.
Since its inception, the university has been scaling new heights with its extraordinary and exemplary performances in the field of academic forensics sciences. Though the university started with conventional courses related to forensic sciences has been able to introduce novel courses those are based on the requirement of the country to solve the issues related to the society. Starting with four courses in three institutes, the university shrugged off the inception stages very early with pioneering efforts of introducing distinctive courses those were unique such as forensic nursing, forensic odontology, forensic nursing, homeland security and anti-terrorism, digital forensics to mention a few. This has reached a magical figure of forty currently. All these courses have been very much sought after by prospective and aspiring experts as they are the need of the hour. Based on its impressive successes achieved by this university within a short span of eleven years, the Government of India has recognized its services to the student communities and the professionals of the national and international origin, and has accorded the status of Institution of National Importance and the also as a central university in October 2020.
The university has been reaching numerous mile stones every year with the stellar academic and other related activities. Within a couple of years of its existence, the university has obtained the UGC recognition. Also the NAAC accreditation in the sixth year of its inception. The university has been making stringent efforts in the cutting edge research and the same is reflected in the publication of such innovative outcomes in the journals of international repute. Such innovations are related to criminal investigations, physical and digital security. This university has become more popular as a resourceful, unique contemporary relevant destination for enhancing the professional expertise of the officers involved in criminal investigations through training provided by the globally renowned experts. This is being taken care of , in addition to the training imparted to the officers of the country in the relevant departments such as law enforcement, judiciary, finance and insurance sectors, wildlife department , income tax department, internal security, armed forces, etc.
The university has developed another institution exclusively for training of such professionals. It has also integrated the management studies in its ambit. Large number of officers belonging to various countries of African continent, south East Asia, Middle East nations, west Asia to mention a few. The university has been very much successful in its venture into the consultancy services with its precision, promptness and punctuality. This is possible due to the diligent efforts. The university has also established various centres of excellence in its campus such Ballistics Research Centre and Testing Range, Cyber Defence Centre, International Centre for Forensic Narcotics, International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics. The ICFN was established with the support of Ministry of Home Affairs. The ICHF was established with the collaboration of the International, Committee of the Red Cross, the globally acclaimed humanitarian services organization. These centres are involved in the academic, research, training and consultancy services to the national and international clients and students.
Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has already annexed the Delhi Centre, the erstwhile National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences with this university. There is a scope of integration of many centres across the country and globe with this university for the benefit of the scientific investigative experts of the country. There are lots of prospects of establishing a number of academic centres across the globe by this university in the near future. This would definitely lead to the globalization of forensic sciences academia in true sense by this service-oriented institution. This proves the contemplation of the global village of forensic sciences under one roof of NFSU
Whatever education a university or institutes of higher education imparts, it must achieve the global level of benchmarking given the vastness and diversity of global village we live in today……Narendra Modi