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Public Lecture on “Community Forensics & Access To Justice"

Archived

Jan. 11, 2024

Venue: S Parasuraman Conference Hall, Old Campus, TISS, Mumbai.


 

Public Lecture on

COMMUNITY FORENSICS & ACCESS TO JUSTICE

by

Resource Person: Dr.  GK Goswami, (IPS),

Distinguished Professor of Law, SLRCG, TISS, Mumbai,

 &  Founding Director, Uttar Pradesh State Institute of Forensic Sciences (UPSIFS), Lucknow and Additional Director, General of Police, Uttar Pradesh State Government.

Date:  January 11th, 2024 (Thursday) from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Jointly Organised by

The School of Law, Rights & Constitutional Governance ( SLRCG) &

The School of Development Studies (SDS),

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.

Moderators : Prof. (Dr.) Arvind Tiwari, Dean SLRCG, Prof. (Dr.) Ashwini Kumar, Dean, SDS.

Venue : S Parasuraman Conference Hall, Old Campus, TISS, Mumbai.

 

Available on Zoom: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvcuGgrDIpE9Q8J9Cf1u3ol1dDIGK8V1vT

 

Brief about the Public Lecture:

The lecture is apart of the academic curriculum besides being a very contemporary issue in socio- legal arenas, towards meeting the goal of access to justice. In present world of increasing crimes , delay , pendency in trials, access to justice is met with these constraints. The application of forensic sciences, forensic  tools, are an aid to facilitate effective investigation, thereby better access to justice.

Further, In light of the recent , criminal legislations in India, the “Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023,  in lieu of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, emphasizes on “forensic investigation, forensic evidence collection,  forensic expert in crime investigation”. The “National Education Policy (NEP)”, 2020, lays down the cherished goals of “Access, Equity, Good Governance”, to be inculcated in the young students at University.

In keeping with the ideals of “Viksit Bharat@2047”, the lecture's course content and theme seek to promote “good governance” with the assistance of forensic examination as scientific and technological criminal investigation in a time-bound manner.  The judiciary in India, Supreme Court in Tomaso Bruno and Anr. V. State of Uttar Pradesh, (2015),  upheld the significance of “forensic Science” is a great tool for investigating crime and administering the Criminal Justice system.

 

Learning Objectives :

  • To impart a conceptual understanding on the emerging and dynamic concept of “ Community Forensics” in the arena of Forensic Sciences & allied forensic tools.
  • To discuss the relevance and role of forensic technology, a tool in the criminal justice system including crime investigation and court process.
  • To illustrate the specific role of forensics in crimes against vulnerable sections such as women and children in society and access to justice for them in society.
  • To orient about the development , application of forensic sciences and the related legislative, judicial, and policy development at the national level ( India) and at the international level.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • This will inspire students to develop an interest and motivation to read and learn about forensic sciences its application in Law and social sciences, criminal investigation.
  • Undertake research and academic writing, publications by students and Faculty.

 

The School of Law, Rights & Constitutional Governance (SLRCG), Tata Institute of Social Sciences ( TISS) , Mumbai jointly

organized a  guest lecture on  “Forensic law & Access to Justice” by eminent resource person, Dr.  GK Goswami, IPS, Author & Director, Uttar Pradesh State Institute of Forensic Sciences (UPSIFS), Lucknow and Additional Director, General of Police, Uttar Pradesh State Government, scheduled on 3rd January 2024, Wednesday, from time,  4:30 pm to 6:30 pm via online mode ( available at zoom link). The Lecture is Coordinated by Dr. Sonali Kusum, Assistant Professor,  under the aegis and guidance of Prof. (Dr.) Arvind Tiwari, Dean SLRCG, TISS, Mumbai.

The guest lecture is part of the choice-based credit system (CBCS) as per the University Grants Commission ( UGC ) Guidelines, the TISS, Mumbai, offers the choice-based credit system (CBS), which allows students to choose inter-disciplinary, Intra-disciplinary, and skill-based courses (across discipline) according to their learning needs, interests, and aptitude.

 
One of the CBCS Courses is offered by the School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance (SLRCG) as “Law, Institutions and Society”; an Elective Foundation course which of 2 credits 30 hours. The course teachers for the same are the Dean and the professor (Dr.). Arvind Tiwari and Dr. Sonali Kusum, Assistant Professor, SLRCG, TISS, Mumbai. The main objective of this course Law, Institutions and Society, is to give an overview of the Indian Legal System and to orient and make the students understand, identify and explain the role of principal legal institutions and key actors responsible for the functioning of the legal system and what are the legal strategies to provide justice.

One of the significant facets of this course is to give effect to the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)” particularly “Goals no. 16: Peace, justice, and Strong Institutions”. The “National Education Policy (NEP)”, 2020 lays down the cherished goals of Access, Equity, Good Governance”, for the Institutions of Higher Education or University to comply with.

 Chattisgarh High Court, Kishan Lal Champa Yadav vs State Of Chhattisgarh on 22nd February 2023 (CRA-565-2022), reinforce the same.

Presently, the course has a total number of approximately 132 students of Batch 2023 from different Master of Arts (M.A) programmes of TISS, Mumbai Campus. In addition to this, there are around 10 students from the Dual degree in Master of Arts in International Development Practice (TISS) and Masters in International Development Practice (Monash University), Batch 2023. This course is open to all humanities (M.A Students only; Non-law students) who are from all varied disciplines of M.A programmes offered at TISS, Mumbai Campus.

 

Learning Objectives & Outcomes:

  • To impart a conceptual understanding of Forensic Sciences & allied forensic tools in law and crime investigation and court process.
  • To discuss the relevance and role of forensic technology, a tool in the criminal justice system
  • To illustrate the specific role of forensics in crimes against vulnerable sections such as women and children in society and access to justice for them in society.
  • To orient about the related legislative, judicial, and policy development at the national level ( India) and at the international level.

The Post Lecture Learning Outcomes:

  • Invoking Interest and Motivation on Subject Matter
  • This will inspire students to develop an interest and motivation to read and learn about forensic sciences in criminal investigation.
  • Undertake research and academic writing, publications by students and Faculty.
  • Develop a Rappoteuring Report writing on the synopsis of the lecture and Key learning pointers.

Activities following the Lecture:

  • Q & A Session.
  • Rappoteuring by LLM Students.
  • Group Photo.

 

About the Resource Person:

Dr. G. K. Goswami, M.Sc., LLM, PhD (Medicinal Chemistry), PhD (Law), DSc (Forensic Sciences and Law) hails from village Allipur Alampur in the district Meerut of the State of Uttar Pradesh, India. His father was a farmer and school teacher and mother a home maker. He joined IPS in 1997 and borne in the State of Uttar Pradesh. Currently, he is the Founder Director of the UP State Institute of Forensic Sciences (UPSIFS) in the rank of Additional Director General of Police.

In November 2022, he has concluded the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Fellowship (2020-21) as Flex Awardee hosted by Prof. Jens David Ohlin, the Dean of the Cornell law School, Ithaca NY on the global legal challenge “Wrongful Convictions and Innocence Claims”. During this academic endeavour he travelled length and width of the United States and interacted with hundreds of domain experts including stalwarts like Prof. Barry Scheck, Prof. Justin Brooks, Prof. Saul Kassin, Prof. Brandon Gannett, Prof. Marrisa Boyers Bluestine, and Dr. Peter Stout.

Earlier he has served as the Chief of Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) of the State of Uttar Pradesh (UP), in the rank of Additional Director General of Police. He returned to UP in 2020, after serving more than 07 years on deputation to the Government of India in various capacities such as Joint Director, Anti-corruption HQ Zone, Lucknow Zone of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India. During this tenure he was also posted as the Director of CBI Academy, Ghaziabad. Earlier, on foreign deputation, he served as an expert on organized crimes in the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) and had an opportunity to visit across globe to share experience and views on wide spectrum of issues related to policing and law enforcement. In the State of UP, he served as District Police Chief (SSP) in various districts including Lucknow, Agra, Varanasi, NOIDA, Moradabad, Etawah, SSP ATS (operational Chief) etc.

Hon’ble President of India has honoured him 2nd Bar by decorating three times with Police Medal for Gallantry, the highest national award for Police. He is also proud recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Service conferred by the Hon’ble President of India. His Excellency the Governor of Uttar Pradesh has also conferred upon him Gold Medal for Gallantry. During journey as a civil servant, he earned several other Accolades and Commendations from the Government of India and the Govt. of UP, senior ranks and the public at large.

He did MSC (Chemistry) and also studied Life Science in Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi. First PhD he earned in the field of Medicinal Chemistry. Pursuing academic interest, while serving in police, he transformed himself into a student of Law and won several Gold Medals and Commendations in his legal academic endeavour of LL.B. and LL.M. In 2018, awarded second Ph.D. from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai on the subject “Enabling Access to Justice in Sexual Offences: Role of DNA Profiling”. In 2022, he has been awarded prestigious Kumarappa-Reckless Award by the Indian Society of Criminology.

In 2020, National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU), Gandhinagar has awarded him prestigious D.Sc. (Post-doctoral degree) on “Role of Forensics in Strengthening Child Rights under the POCSO Act, 2012” under the supervision of Dr. J.M. Vyas, Vice Chancellor. He became FIRST INDIAN to have this prestigious academic distinction.   

National Law University, Delhi (NLUD), National Forensic Science University (NFSU), Gandhi Nagar, Rashtriya Raksha University, Gandhi Nagar, and Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat in recognition of his academic and professional contribution, have designated him the Honorary Professor of Law. As an expert on science and law, he is invited by various national and state academies and institutes for imparting training to senior level judges, bureaucrats, police officers, bankers etc.

Dr. Goswami is an avid writer especially on exploring interface of Law and Sciences and has authored over four dozen articles in various journals of International and national repute. He authored several books including the latest titled “Handbook of DNA Forensic Applications and Interpretation” reflecting on various dimensions of DNA Profiling in the courtrooms ensuring equitable justice. The book received tremendous response from esteem readers and academia at large across globe.

His name figures in the lists of Editorial Board of prestigious academic journals; and he also contributes as a peer reviewer for various Journals on various disciplines of law, policing, evidence, translational Criminology etc. In last more than two decades as public servant, he has visited various Indian States and several countries to share his field and academic experience as guest speaker in various workshops, conferences, educational institutions, law schools, administrative and police academies etc.

 

 

Contact Details of Resource Person :

Mobile: +91 8800111999

Email: goswamigk.forensics@gmail.com

For academic contribution visit:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dr_G_K_Goswami

 

 

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