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World’s First International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics Launched in Gujarat

Published on June 22, 2018
Marking a significant milestone on the path of humanity, the world's first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics is launched at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
World’s First International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics Launched in Gujarat

  • This comes as a joint venture of the Regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in India, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives and also Gujarat Forensic Science University.
  • Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GSFU) will run different courses both postgraduate and postgraduate diploma courses in humanitarian forensics.
  • This unique Centre will play a significant and essential role during natural and manmade calamities which takes place at regular intervals across world over and large number of people become victims of such calamities.
  • ICHF is the first definitive effort at institutionalising humanitarian forensic action within an existing university system.
  • The launch of the Centre was followed by an International Symposium on Humanitarian Forensics. 
  • Speakers from India, Ireland, Germany and Sri Lanka will speak at the symposium.

What will the Centre do?

  • The centre will use forensics for humanitarian services to aid humanitarian efforts during emergencies and natural disasters.
  • It will assist in dignified and proper management of dead bodies during disasters or emergencies and also help in their identification.
  • The centre will also conduct various academic and professional programmes, training and research and also provide technical expertise to support operations in field of humanitarian forensics to authorities and agencies concerned.
  • The centre will also help to combine local and international expertise to build capacities before tragedies hit people.

About Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU) and its objectives:

  • GFSU is the world’s first and only University dedicated to Forensic and allied Sciences.
  • It became functional from July 2009 with various courses, scientific programs and training modules.
  • Its objective is to fulfil acute shortage against increasing demand of forensic experts in the country and around the world.
  • It runs in parallel association with Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS) Gujarat to provide hands-on training pertaining to various areas of forensic science, forensic psychology and research & development.
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