You must have heard your favourite crime thriller character saying things like “let us send the fingerprint to our forensic scientist” or “let us call the criminology expert to do the profiling of the murderer”. Criminology and Forensic Science are words that carry a lot of weight. These are two of the most imperative branches of science and law. Both of them are very useful for law enforcement agencies. Also, aren’t they things too cool to be pursued?


What is a Diploma?

A diploma is a degree conferred upon a student by a university for short term courses that generally span less than 2 years. Degree and Diploma are words that are frequently used to depict accreditation by schools, colleges or universities. Often both these words are used interchangeably - an individual acquires his degree when he gets his diploma. Be that as it may, these two are somewhat not the same.

A Diploma in simple terms is a short term professional course, that is generally for a time period of fewer than 2 years, which particularly focuses on training a person in a specific field of a subject in a specific area. These courses are narrowed down to serve the purpose of specialization. These courses provide some of the quickest and most hassle-free ways to get a job as the training in these courses are more market-oriented and have practical applicability. However, the academic value of diploma lowers down when compared to full-time degree courses on account of duration and the broadness in the subjects taught.

Diploma in Forensic Science

Forensic Legal Experts work both at the scene of the crime and in the research facilities and laboratories which are referred to by the court and other law enforcement agencies. It is essential that the preparation and training of legal forensic researchers are given a strong logical foundation and an expansive knowledge base in criminology and forensics. The legitimacy of the outcome of any such analysis is based on the information, abilities, and experience of the forensic experts and researchers who conduct that examination. An expert in the field of forensics must be able to incorporate observational and analytical abilities in the examination, investigation, observations and analysis of situations.

Post Graduate Diploma or Degree (PG Diploma or PGD) in Forensic Science is generally a one-year full-time post-graduation program that involves the application of science to criminal laws and enactments significantly concentrating on the criminal examination part. 

Undergraduate students who have earned a degree from any recognized school or college, mainly in Science/Forensic Science/Medicine/Engineering/Pharmacy or any science or law based course with at least 50 – 60 percent marks, are eligible for the Post Graduate Diploma in forensic sciences.

The normal educational expense for a PG Diploma course in Forensic Science in India extends between INR 200,000 to INR 300,000 wherein a large portion of the amount is directed towards the expenses incurred for practical mock examinations and laboratory experiments, which indeed are essential elements of the course. The cost structure may likewise differ on the basis of the ratings and the goodwill of the offering institution. And as usual, the fee gap between private and government institutions do exist, and generally, government institutions charge comparatively lesser fee for the same course.

People who are inquisitive by nature are best suited to the field of forensic science as the job requires above-average observational and analytical skills. However, after the training as part of the course, any student may acquire those skills. Here, we are just suggesting what you should look for in yourself if you are confused about choosing this field of work. Obviously, this is not a criterion which is strict and exhaustive, but merely a suggestion which may or may not be acted upon by individual students.

Diploma in Criminology

Criminology is that aspect of science which deals in crimes and the counteractive actions taken against crime (penalty). In the universe of criminology, forensic science forms a part. Criminology deals directly with criminals and the crimes committed by them. It is one of the difficult fields of sciences and psychology to work in. Imagine yourself being surrounded by heinous criminals and crimes all day long. It is for this reason that only strong-minded and strong hearted persons can pursue a career in criminology.

Today crimes are increasing at an unprecedented rate. And that is not only the case in India but all the nations around the world. Although this is not good news, but mathematically and statistically this indicates that criminologists will have a good career in places where the crime rate is higher as compared to places where there is no crime. India also has a crime rate that is mostly considered high, so the chances are high that you are going to have a glorious career ahead of you owing to the same.

Diploma in Criminology is a one-year full-time diploma level course which is appropriate for non-law graduates seeking a career in law. The eligibility criteria to get admitted to these courses is a graduation degree in law or non-law subject (for some colleges). The course is generally taught in combination with other subjects like Police Administration, Forensic Science, Penology and Criminal Psychology.

A Diploma in Criminology will cultivate comprehension of Criminology as a subject alongside different aspects and perspectives like media, public perception, criminal equity framework, crime and aberrance, and criminological science. The course will be an added benefit for graduates who are able to observe and analyse information and look at situations from different perspectives in connection to different disciplines like law, brain research, human sciences, and history.

These courses may be two of the most unconventional and difficult fields for students to adapt to. But looking at the practical applicability of the courses, it is very tempting to opt for them to have an interesting and blazing career which would have no limits. As these courses are unconventional, the level of competition in these fields is less as compared to other mainstream branches of science and law. Also, these courses are universal, that is, they are not restricted by the territorial boundaries of India. These courses will open for you the route to foreign nations all around the world. With a handsome pay rate that increases with experience, these career options have become highly lucrative. If you had a dream of becoming a keen detective, then, this is your best shot at it. Rejoice, the fans of Sherlock Holmes and Byomkesh Bakshi, because you now know what to do to become one of them. 



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