Maharashtra will be the first state in the country to offer degree courses in forensic science with the government all set to open colleges in this discipline in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad. The technical education department, headed by NCP leader Rajesh Tope, already has everything-sanction from universities, space and funds-ready for the new institutions. It will take around Rs 120 crore to set up each of the colleges and every institution will offer admission to 120 students. Soon after Tope took over the reins of the medical, higher and technical education departments, he launched several new projects besides reviewing the ongoing programmes. During the review, the officials found that there are four forensic science laboratories in the country, but the training facilities were not up to the mark. They also found out that nowhere in the entire country are degree (undergraduation or post-graduation) courses offered in forensic science. Bureau report NMTV News.
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