The Post Graduate Department of Criminology and Forensic Science in association with Forensic Alumni Association Roshni Mangaluru (FAARM) organized a skill development program on the theme ‘Beyond Borders - A Step in the Right Direction’ for the students of the Department on 9th September 2023 at 9:30 am in the Maria Paiva Hall of the college.
Dr. Saritha D’Souza, Head, Post Graduate Department of Criminology and Forensic Science gave the introductory note about the purpose of organizing the event. The main aim of the event was to enhance learners with skills and impart knowledge required for their career. Even to give an opportunity for the alumni to interact with the current batch students and to encourage them to step into the right direction. The event focused on the challenges faced by the employees during the job. The event consisted of group activities, discussions and evaluation mainly on the skills such as Leadership, observation, Time Management, communication and teamwork.
The Chief Guest Prof. Vineetha K , Head, BSW Department and Registrar (Evaluation), School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya inaugurated the program by lighting of the lamp.
She addressed the gathering about the importance of skills for students as a part of their education and career. Just like a Psychologist, a Criminologist should also be present in every college to investigate any issues arises, safety and security of the students as well. She appreciated the organizers and the alumni for who have taken the initiatives to conduct the programme in spite of their work responsibilities. She expressed her best wishes for the success of the event.
Mr Pradeep Loyed, SOC Specialist, VMware, Bengaluru cum General Secretary of FAARM, Ms, Jyothsna, Executive member of FAARM, Assistant Professors Mr. Roshan D’Souza, Mr. Niketh P.S. and Athira V J. Alumni Dr. Deva Seelan, Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Science, Srinivas University, Institute of Allied Health Science, Mukka, Mangaluru, Ms. Bindya T, Scene of Crime Officer, Mangaluru Police Commissionerate, Mr. Vineeth, Assistant Security Officer, Father Muller Hospital, Mangaluru. Mr. Avinash C., Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology D G Vaishnav College, Arumbakkam, Chennai. Mr. Chirag Suvarna, Cyber Security Analyst, Cyber Sapiens, Managluru, Mr. Babu Bharadwaj, Investigator-IntelliSense at Indus IntelliRisk & IntelliSense Services Pvt. Ltd. Ms. Siri S Kamath, Assistant Child Psychologist, Insighte Child Care working for special children, Bengaluru, Ms. Arpitha, Scene of Crime Officer, Office of Dakshina Kannada District Police, Mangaluru were part of the event.
After the introduction of both alumni and students, the organizers briefed about the three different activities for which they were divided into five groups. The first activity was to improve the skill of observation. Each team was shown an image for 30 seconds to observe and were asked to list out the objects seen in the image in a minute and a half. Two teams with the most listed objects would qualify to the next round, where they would have to observe an image of a crime scene and argue it from the point of view of it being a suicide and a murder and in the end reveal if it was a suicide or a murder. The team with the correct answer would win the round. Group No. 2 declared as winner in the activity.
The second activity was to improve communication skills, where the students had to pick up chits with words written on them and explain it to their teammates without using the words in the slip and the team member had to guess the word. The team that guessed the most number of words in 1 minute would win the activity. Group No. 3 guessed the most number of words and won the activity.
The third activity was conducted to improve teamwork and creativity. Each group was provided with newspapers and asked to create something meaningful, creative artwork in 20 minutes. The teams was judged on the basis of creativity, communication and Time management. The teams came up with different ideas. 4 teams dressed one of the team members with the newspaper and added elements to it made out of newspaper. The winning team Group No.4 created a beach crime scene with the newspapers and beautifully depicted different things that can be found in a scene of crime.
The alumni then explained the reasons for the activities that were conducted and the prizes were distributed to the winning groups as well as consolation prizes for the active participation. The event successfully concluded with a formal vote of thanks delivered by Ms. Jyothsna, second year MSc CFS student cum executive member of FAARM followed by gratitude and appreciation from the HOD. Ms. Shreshta Mendon, second year MSc CFS student compered the whole event. Ms. Aishwarya Sathya, second year MSc CFS student compiled the report. Altogether 31 students, 4 faculties and 11 alumni were present.