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The Forensic Science Laboratory, Assam was established at Shillong (the then Capital of United Assam) in the year 1967 with the appointment of Dr. J. K. Borooah as Director. The Laboratory was shifted to Guwahati in the year 1969 and subsequently shifted to its permanent setup at Kahilipara, Guwahati in 1978. Presently it is headed by Dr. R P Gohain as Director and is functioning under the administrative control of the Commissioner of Home Department, Govt. of Assam as an independent Directorate.

With the increasing trend of crimes, the number of cases handled by the Directorate also has gone up. With growing ingenuity of modern criminal, more and more complex crimes are referred for analytical purpose by the Law Enforcement Agencies. Considering the magnitude and variety of crimes, all Divisions of the laboratory have been equipped with most sophisticated state of art equipment. Advanced technology-centric DNA Fingerprinting has been setup and disputed paternity cases are solved with satisfactory results.

25 numbers of District Mobile Units has been set up under the 11th Finance Commission Award to cope the growing demand of solving various cases. These units have worked satisfactorily in District levels.

Considering upon the magnitude and variety of cases received for analysis, Forensic Science Laboratory, Assam, generates the following future plan which include getting the Directorate accredited to NABL standards covering ISO 17025. The others include setting up of separate Divisions like Computer Forensic, Brain Finger Printing and Speaker Identification to deal with cases relating to cyber crime under the Modernization of Police Force Scheme, 2007 - 08, setup of museum and works on drug characterization / impurity profiling which will be extended to other classes of drugs of abuse.

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