RCU as a new University embarked on an ambitious plan of creating Centers of Excellence under the leadership of Hon’able Vice Chancellor Prof.B.R.Ananthan, in several applied and professional fields of higher education. One such venture is the creation of School of Criminology and Criminal Justice under the dynamic leadership of Dr.S.M.Jaamdar, former Principal Home Secretary, Government of Karnataka, to train high quality Professional manpower for combating the growing menace of crimes, delinquency and new forms of anti-social and anti-national behavior in the country.

                The first Criminology Department in India was established in Saugar University in 1959 by its founder Dr.Harisingh Gaur (recently converted into a Central University of the same name). But it caters largely to the needs of police and forensic components. The second oldest Department of criminology was started in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Bombay as advised and designed by the two United Nations Experts to Government of India-Dr.Walter Reckless and Dr.Edward Galaway. The TISS course in Criminology is limited to Correctional Institutions and their administration with heavy emphasis on application of Social work techniques and skills to the tasks of reforming and rehabilitating criminals and delinquents. University of Madras (UOM) established a Department of Criminology (1966) which at present imparts degrees in Criminology and Police Administration. Pune University course in Criminology is only a Diploma in theoretical Criminology. Karnataka University established  

    undergraduate courses in Criminology and Forensic Science in its constituent college in 1965 and Post Graduation in Criminology and Forensic Science in 1969. University of Mysore started Criminology and Forensic Science degree course in 1971 and upgraded it, in 2002 to M.Sc Criminology and Forensic Science. Since 2008, M.Phil courses are running with specialization of Forensic science and Correctional Administration. Osmania University, Bundelkhand University, and Gujarat Forensic Science University mainly have Departments of Forensic Science. 

    The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in RCU is unique in the country in many ways. Although there are eight universities in India which have Departments of Criminology, RCU imparts a complete set of training which equips students for any kind of employment in any of the allied and highly inter-related fields of criminal justice.

     smania University, Bundelkhand University, and Gujarat Forensic Science University mainly have Departments of Forensic Science. 

                As a matter of fact, Criminological research and teaching seems to have a strong national bias. British Criminology initially was more legalistic. While American Criminology for a long time was dominated by Sociologists and European Criminology had a strong background in Biology, Anthropology, and Psychology. Indian Criminology is largely Forensic Science oriented and a slight tinge of social work in Correctional Administration. Unfortunately, there is not much Indian-ness in the coverage of courses on Criminology in this country as we have by and large copied American and European thoughts on the subject as sacrosanct notwithstanding our heritage of more than five thousand years (however controversial and outdated it may seem).


    The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice shall be a premier center of excellence for professional course in the field of Criminology and Criminal justice System. It shall impart  education and training in the skills of teaching, training, consultancy and research in criminological professions-police, private detective work, juvenile and adult corrections, and expertise in allied fields of Criminology and Criminal Justice like Corrections, Judiciary, juvenile institutions and forensic science. 


     The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice shall produce young professional leaders with an academic instruction and training in all inter-connected sub-disciplines of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Criminology, Penology (including Correctional Administration), Victimology (including Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation), Police Science (including Police Administration), Forensic Sciences, Criminal Law and Jurisprudence, Applied criminological research and Teaching


    • Department Of Police
    • Prisons Department
    • Probation Department
    • Child Welfare Department: Juvenile Courts/Child Welfare Boards/Special Schools/Observation Homes/Rescue Centers
    • School of Social Work: Teaching Profession
    • Research Projects
    • BPR & D (Bureau of Police Research and Development)
    • Teaching Profession
    • Aftercare Institutions
    • Private Detective Agencies
    • Research Fields: ICFS/NCRB/SCRB.


      Dr.G K. Boodeppa
      Director, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice


      1 Dr.R.N.Mangoli Associate Professor & Chairman mangoli.rn@rcu.ac.in
      2 Dr.Nandini G Devarmani Assistant Professor. devarmani.ng@rcub.ac.in
      3 Sri.Chandrashekar.S.V Assistant Professor. chandrashekar.sv@rcub.ac.in
      4 Smt.Maheshwari.S.Kachapur Assistant Professor kachapur.ms@rcub.ac.in
    1. Dr.R.N.Mangoli

      Associate Professor & Chairman

      Dr. Nandini G Devarmani

      Assistant Professors

      Sri. Chandrashekar.S.V

      Assistant Professor


      Assistant Professor


      Proper and adequate linkages with relevant professional bodies and agencies in the field are established for a more effective and useful teaching of the course contents by using experts working in those organizations on a sporadic basis. These include:



      1. Karnataka Police Academy
      2. Police Training School, Khanapur
      3. Central Detective Training School
      4. LNJN National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science
      5. National Crime Records Bureau
      6. State Crime Records Bureau
      7. National Police Academy


      1. State Forensic Science Laboratory
      2. State Fingerprint Bureau
      3. Modus Operandi Bureau
      4. Questioned Document Examiner
      5. Karnataka Judicial Academy
      6. Central Forensic Science Laboratory


      1. Prisons Department
      2. Probation Department
      3. Juvenile Justice Board (JJB).
      4. Child Welfare Committee (CWC).
      5. Special Homes (SH).
      6. Special Homes (CH).
      7. Recue Homes/Crisis Centres
      8. National Institute of Social Defence
      9. Academy of Correctional Administration (ACA), Vellore.



      1. Sessions Court
      2. Office of Deputy Director of Prosecution
      3. District Legal Aid Board
      4. Medical College (Forensic Science Dept)
      5. Law College
      6. Private Detective Agencies
      7. Local Juvenile Court
      8. Local Probation Officer
      9. Local Child Welfare Committee
      10. Local Special Homes
      11. Local Observation Homes / Childrens Home/ Recue Homes/ State Home
      12. Local Central Prison
      13. Prison Training School, Khanapur.
      14. Karnataka Police Academy, Mysore.

      These organizations will also be used for placing students for Field Work. Some of them may also be future employers of many of these graduates.



                  The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice undertakes field projects funded by various organizations such as Bureau of Police Research and Development, Police Departments, Child Development Department, Police Departments, Child Development Department, Legal Service Authorities, State Human Rights Commission.

      The School also organized periodically seminars and symposia on various current problems and issues in the fields of criminal justice and publishes the proceedings occasionally at the request of institutions and government Departments in the fields of Criminal Justice, short term training programs are conducted by the SCCJ to the staff working in Juvenile institutions, Jails and JJB, CWC etc,.


      The students being actively involved and rigorously trained in Criminology and Criminal Justice related agencies to give them practical exposure. These related agencies are as under:

      The first agency which gets activated is the police establishment which has to

       (i)  Identify the culprits

      (ii)   Apprehend them

      (iii)  Investigate and detect the crime scene

      (iv)  Collect and examine the whole gamut of evidence to prove the involvement, guilt or innocence of the accused.

      (v)  Charge sheet and prosecute the accused which may lead to conviction or acquittal. This is the field of POLICE SCIENCE.A number of institutions impart training in this field. National Police Academy, Central Detective Training Colleges, LNPN National institute of criminology and Forensic science, and two universities are prominent once.

                  The SECOND set of agencies dealing with criminals consists of courts which combine defense Lawyers and Prosecutors, Forensic experts, witness and victims of crime. This set is completely formal, procedural, adjudicative and adversary in nature derived from the legal, doctrinaire system of justice varying from country to country. But its sum and substance is based on the universally relevant scientific methods of presenting evidence to prove or disprove the guilt of the accused. It is assisted by experts in the FORENSIC SCIENCES. (i.e., application of scientific knowledge to the cause of administering justice). Forensic science laboratories, medical colleges (Forensic Medicine dept), Fingerprints bureaus, Questioned Documents Examiners, CCMB, Modus Operandi Bureaus, seven universities in India offer services and training in this branch.

      The THIRD set of agencies which comes into the picture comprises of Prisons, Probation department for adult criminals, Juvenile Justice agencies such as Observation Homes, Rescue Homes, Children Homes, Special Homes, Foster care units, half way homes for children. This is the field of CORRECTIONAL SERVICES. In many countries this component as an academic discipline is covered as an optional course in the Schools of Social Work. Tata Institute of social Science is best known for this component.

      The FOURTH set is a more diffused wider and general field of prevention of crimes and deviance. These components however get thinly spread over the previous three fields whose efficacy would prevent, contain, and control crimes and deviance in the society.

      FIFTHLY, apart from the above cited applied fields of expertise, there is a set of general specializations in the style of the conventional academic departments which covers THEORETICAL aspects on the etiology, typology, ideological underpinnings, history and philosophy of crimes and criminals within what is broadly called Criminology. Similarly, Penology deals with theories and purposes of punishment, classification of punishments, methods of implementing punitive measures and their efficacy, history , philosophy and geography of penal measures.

      FINALLY, Victimology is the latest emerging field dealing with victims of crimes , fear of crime and its effects, victim surveys, victimogenetic situational analysis, victim compensation, and the like. Within these broad theoretical approaches there is a wide scope for APPLIED RESEARCH AND EVALUATION. The latest craze is application of information technology tools and techniques in all areas criminal justice and Cyber crimes.





      School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in Rani Channamma University is unique in many ways.

      A) It imparts professional and academic instruction and training in all seven inter-connected sub-disciplines of Criminology namely

      (I) Criminology

      (II) Penology (including Correctional Administration)

      (III) Victimology (including Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation)

      (IV) Police Science (including Police Administration)

      (V) Forensic Sciences

      (VI) Criminal Law and Jurisprudence

      (VII) Applied criminological research and Teaching.

      B) It is an integrated course of five years starting after 12th standard or Pre-University course leading to M.A.Degree while the students will have an option to discontinue at the end of the third year/sixth semester and obtain a B.A degree or continue for a master’s degree provided they score not less than 50% marks in aggregate during the three years /six semesters. 

      C) It is a special program in which all the three optional subjects for the first degree shall be chosen exclusively (including elective subjects) from the sub-fields of criminology. Other course work in two languages and soft skills as well as compulsory subjects for the first degree courses will be as per the norms of the UGC and the University. A student of criminology in this Special Programme of   School of Criminology and Criminal justice studies twenty four courses in Criminology and Criminal Justice compared to eight courses in any UGC styled degree courses.

      D) It is be a professional course with emphasis on development of necessary skills for a criminological profession in police, private detective work, corrections, and expertise in allied fields of Forensic Science, and Juvenile Institutions. This is achieved through Laboratory practical’s and supervised field work one day a week from second through sixth semesters and block placement in the final semester.

      E) Courses of Research Methodology, Statistical applications and use of computers are compulsory. In the sixth semester Research Project is also compulsory which carries 2 credits. The Research Project helps students to gain experience in the application of Research Methodology and Statistical concepts to the problem chosen for the research project.



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