Forensics, dietetics nanotechnology

Aimed at churning out qualified and skilled professionals, graduates can consider the PG diploma programmes offered by some Delhi University colleges. Gauri Kohli lists three interesting courses

education Updated: Jul 06, 2011 10:39 IST
Hindustan Times

Crime busters
PG diploma in forensic science at Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College

An act of crime can induce a sense of fear in some but it can also serve as a learning opportunity for many. The need for forensic science experts has also grown by leaps and bounds, especially in India. To meet this growing need, SGTB Khalsa College started the forensic science course in 2009 aimed at developing the right skills among students and also giving them international exposure.

Two years after the course was started in the college, the popularity has soared with twice the number of applications being received for the limited seats. The course includes important branches of forensic science such as forgery in handwriting, fingerprinting, comparison of bullet marks, hair-analysis, crime scene management, forensic psychology and forensic toxicology. The one-year course has 30 seats for students who have graduated in science (BSc in any stream) with at least 55% marks.

Admission is done on the basis of merit.
The course will allow students to take up research in these areas, besides job opportunities in both India and abroad. The college has special equipment such as crime detection kits, comparison microscopes and digital voice recorders. Students have also done projects such as forensic analysis of soil. This year, the college has approached the Delhi Police to allow students to take up projects with a police station in their neighbourhood.

The college has also signed an MoU with Bureau of Police Research and Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, for validation and endorsement of our research activities.

The college infrastructure has been approved by the Bureau of Police Research and Development.

The Forensic Science Unit has also tied up with the University of Fraser Valley in Canada.

Under the MoU with University of Fraser Valley (UFV), once students complete the diploma course at Khalsa College, they can pursue MA in criminal justice from this

Canadian varsity.
SGTB Khalsa College’s advanced bridge certificate programme prepares you to enter the MA in criminal justice at UFV in Canada. If you hold a bachelor’s degree from Khalsa College and have completed the forensic science diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0, you are eligible to enroll in the bridge certificate programme in criminal justice, offered at Khalsa College. The bridge programme will orient you to current issues in the criminal justice field and prepare you for participation in UFV’s MA in criminal justice.

Students who successfully complete the bridge certificate programme with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in UFV’s papers, are eligible to continue their studies at UFV. Only eight Khalsa students will be eligible for the MA course each year. The masters course focuses on what one can learn from criminal justice systems, initiatives, and best practices internationally from a historical perspective.

Faculty speak: “Another advantage of pursuing this course is that students will have three degrees — a BSc, PG diploma in forensic science and an MA in criminal justice after five years. In our country, only three per cent of the cases are solved through the forensic method. Forensic science is a multidisciplinary field, which involves working in different areas such as chemistry, botany, physics and computer science, among others. Therefore, the need for experts in this field is growing,” says GS Sodhi, associate professor and coordinator, Forensic Science Unit, SGTB Khalsa College, Delhi University.

Student speak: “After completing a BSc degree in applied life sciences from Acharya Narendra Dev College last year, I thought of doing something unconventional. Being from a science background, I had several options such as pursuing a masters in related disciplines but I was attracted by the prospects in forensic science. I was impressed by the fact that the course involves a merger of different streams of science. Forensic science experts are in demand these days with the rise in the crime rate across the country. The course content is very detailed and focuses on specialised areas of forensics such as analysing fingerprints, cyber crime trends, and forensic anthropology. I now plan to go to Canada to pursue my masters. After completing my MA, I’ll get a one-year work permit and can seek employment in any forensic science or criminology-related organisation in Canada,” says Bhavna Joshi, a student of forensic science course.

Admission info
No of seats: 30
Eligibility: 55% in BSc; admission on merit basis
Commencement of course: August 1
Fee: R24,000 approx
Forms: Available at the college counter and can also be downloaded from the college website (http://sgtbkhal
Last date for applying: July 20
Job opportunities: Forensic pathologists, forensic anthropologists and researchers in laboratories, handwriting experts

Heal the world
PG diploma in dietetics and public health nutrition (PGDDPHN) at Lady Irwin College

Nutritionists and dieticians play a major role in improving health and quality of life. Taking care of others’ health and getting paid for it can be satisfying for some students. Aimed at gearing up students towards careers in clinical nutrition, institutional food administration and public nutrition, Lady Irwin College started the one-year course in 1972. The course will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year. Some alumni have gone on to work as dietitians in hospitals, nutrition counsellors in healthcare organisations, nursing homes, and as nutrition consultants in national and international organisations. One can also take up jobs of academicians in schools and colleges and researchers in universities and research organisations.

BSc home science students can benefit from this course as they have the advantage of studying papers such as food science, community nutrition and dietetics, nutritional biochemistry and diet therapy, among others.

The PGDDPHN subjects include nutritional biochemistry, applied physiology, therapeutic nutrition, food microbiology & food safety, institutional food management and public health nutrition. The course is followed by a 12-week internship in a multispeciality hospital.

Faculty speak: Pulkit Mathur, course incharge, PGDDPHN, Dept of Food and Nutrition, Lady Irwin College, says: “The course includes lab experience and community outreach activities. Students learn how schemes such as the ICDS and the Mid Day Meal Scheme are run. They also attend seminars to keep updated on the developments in nutrition.”

Student speak: Sugandha Nayyar, an alumnae of PGDDPHN at Lady Irwin College, says: “The course was an eye-opener for me. The exposure we got was phenomenal. We got to interact with industry experts and work on projects. I did a three-month internship at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and now work as a nutritionist at the Diabetes Foundation (India).

Admission info
No of seats: 37
Eligibility: BSc home science (hons or general) or BSc food technology (hons). Eligibility requirements include 50% or above marks in overall aggregate and 50% or above each in any three of the following subjects taken at the undergraduate level: Food science, normal nutrition, community nutrition, clinical nutrition and biochemistry. Selection is on the basis of merit
Commencement of course: July 21
Fee: R21,680
Forms: Available at the college counter
Last date for applying: Already over
Job opportunities: Students can work as dietitians in hospitals, nutrition counsellors in healthcare organisations, and as nutrition consultants in national and international organisations.

Small is big
PG diploma in nanotechnology at Maitreyi College
Nanotechnology was an upcoming field till a few years ago. But today, its applications are used in various fields such as medicine, engineering, IT etc. Aimed at familiarising students with growing opportunities in this field, Maitreyi College started a postgraduate diploma in nanotechnology. The programme was started as a short-term course under the UGC’s Innovative Programme. The diploma programme has been approved by the executive council of DU. It encourages and nurtures creativity among students about fundamental and practical aspects of nanotechnology. This is also supported by project work. The curriculum has been designed to impart theoretical and practical training in the area of nanotechnology.

Faculty speak: “Two years ago, we started a short-term programme in nanotechnology, but considering the popularity of the subject and the course, we made it into a one-year diploma course. A professional in this field can explore career opportunities in sectors such as nanomedicine, stem cell development, pharmaceutical companies, nanotoxicology and R&D laboratories,” says Ramesh Kumari, deputy co-ordinator for the course at Maitreyi College.

Student speak: “After pursuing a BSc degree in life sciences and an MSc in biochemistry, I opted for this course as it allowed me to specialise in the field of nanotechnology. I’m also working on a research project at IIT Delhi on LEDs - their properties and characterisation. The biggest advantage is that students from any area of science, be it physics, chemistry or biology can take up this course. The course has added value to my academic career. I now aim to work with the DRDO, the pharmaceutical or cosmetics industries,” says Suhasini Kunchakara, a student of the PG diploma in nanotechnology at Maitreyi College.

Admission info
No of seats: 30 (50% of total seats are reserved for women candidates)
Eligibility: The candidate must have 50% aggregate in BSc any of these courses — BSc (hons) botany/ chemistry/ electronics/ physics/ zoology; BSc (programme) life sciences/ applied life sciences/ physical sciences/ applied physical sciences/ electronics; BTech and BSc (general) with relevant subjects
Commencement of course: July 21
Fee: R12,000 approx
Forms can also be downloaded from (
Last date for form submission: July 11
Job opportunities: Students can go for space research, biotechnology, etc

PG courses at other DU colleges
PG diploma in molecular and biochemical technology: Sri Venkateswara College
PG diploma in tourism: College of Vocational Studies
PG diploma in book publishing: College of Vocational Studies
PG diploma in computer applications: Acharya Narendra Dev College; Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College; Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies; Keshav Mahavidyalaya
PG diploma in global business operation: Shri Ram College of Commerce
PG diploma in international marketing: Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce
The list is not exhaustive

First Published: Jul 05, 2011 12:53 IST