CHANDIGARH: 16 September 2011: Dr Kewal Krishan, Sr. Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh has been invited to deliver a lecture in the 10th International Symposium on Forensic Sciences to be held in Bratislava, Slovak Republic with full travel fellowship. The international symposium will be organized by the Institute of Forensic Sciences, Bratislava. Dr Krishan has been given this award due to his well acclaimed research work in forensic podiatry. It is a matter of prestige for the Panjab University. Forensic podiatry is comparatively a new branch of forensic science dealing with the study of examination of every kind of foot related evidence in criminal investigations and in legal context. Dr Krishan has been involved in conducting forensic podiatric research on Gujjars and other castes of North India. Dr Krishan is in the process of developing this branch of forensic science in India. He is the only Indian scientist who is an active member of American Society of Forensic Podiatry. In his lecture on this research, he will discuss the issues related to the usefulness of foot and footprints in criminal investigation. He devised some of the new individualistic characteristics of the footprints which can be used in tracking criminals where footprints can be found as evidence at the crime site. He will further discuss interpretation and analysis of establishing relationship of body weight with footprints in criminal cases pertaining to rivalries, homicides, sexual offences especially robberies, thefts, shoplifting, dacoity etc. where the person lifts the bags or gunny bags full of some material and leaves the footprints at crime site.
Dr.Krishan is a forensic anthropologist and has published 38 research papers in international journals of repute. His research on forensic podiatry has been well recognized all over the world. He also delivered a lecture on forensic podiatry in International Association of Identification’s Conference held recently in August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He serves on the editorial board and as subject expert on more than 25 international journals. Dr Krishan got the inspiration and encouragement from Professor R.C. Sobti, the dynamic Vice Chancellor of Panjab University for conducting this international level research.