Forensic Lab

The National Forensic Sciences University Bill, 2020


Introduced by

Amit Shah

Minister of Home Affairs


The Bill proposed the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar and the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi, as a National Forensic Sciences University, as national importance. The institute will grant degrees, diploma as nationalized recognised university and will be an independent body to take decisions for course content, methods and practices in teaching.


Salient Points ()

Forensic Science University in Gujrat and New Delhi

The bill proposes to upgrade Gujarat Forensic Sciences University and Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi as an institution of national importance

Role and Functions of the University

  •  Provide training and research on forensic science, applied behavioural science, law, and criminology
  • Establishing and maintaining colleges, schools, and research laboratories
  • The university will grant degrees, certificates and other academic distinctions

Board members Appoinment

There will be a board of 7 members which include vice-chancellor, financial advisor and 5 members from forensic and criminology field)

They will be responsible for all the administrative work which includes policymaking, course to study at university etc. 


Background Basics ()

Currently, there are only a couple of institutions in the country which provide the environment and infrastructure specialization for imparting education in forensic science.

Also, there is a need to develop perspectives, undertake research and impart knowledge in the domain of forensic science, criminology, behavioral science at a national level


Key Stats ()

# of cases pending due to non availability of forensic report

1.5 Lakh

# of post vacant for forensic expert

1.14 Lakh


23 Mar 2020
20 Sep 2020
22 Sep 2020

WHY (as per the govt)

Salient Points ()

Forensic sciences, criminology and applied behavioral sciences play a critical role in criminal investigations and prevention of crimes.

An infusion of academic knowledge, professional skills and the requisite orientation at the national level is required to attract talent into this sector

The proposed National Forensic Sciences University will promote studies and research in forensic science in conjunction with applied behavioral science studies, law, criminology and other allied areas for strengthening the criminal justice system in the country.

The university would set up centers of excellence in the area of forensic sciences and provide modern facilities in these areas.

It will help in strengthening the criminal justice system in the country.



Videos ()


Criminal justice covers the entire gamut of processes  which involves:

  • crimes are investigated
  • criminals identified and apprehended
  • judged
  • punished
  • steps taken to prevent recidivism.


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