Biography- Prof. Dr. Adarsh Kumar
Prof. Dr. Adarsh Kumar
BSc, MBBS, MD, PGCHM, FIAMLE, FISCA, FIST, FIAFM
Double Commonwealth Fellow, Dundee, Scotland UK
Professor, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
In-charge Forensic Anthropology & Forensic Radiology Chairman Disability Medical Board, Trauma Centre AIIMS, New Delhi-110029 INDIA
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Prof. Adarsh a Gold medallist is currently Professor, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology and also In-charge Forensic Anthropology & Forensic Radiology, AIIMS, New Delhi. He is lone member from India in International Academy of Legal Medicine, British Association in Forensic Medicine, The International Association of Forensic Toxicology and Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences besides being life member of many scientific associations from India and abroad. He was awarded Honorary Diploma in Legal Medicine by International Academy of Legal Medicine at Portugal in 2009. He is the first person in world to receive Commonwealth Fellowship at UK twice in year 2011 (Forensic & Legal Medicine) and 2015 (Forensic Anthropology). He is also a Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine, London, Indian Association of Medicolegal Experts (2014), International Science Congress Association (2015), Indian Society of Toxicology (2016) & Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine (2020). He is honorary medicolegal Expert to National Human Rights Commission and Central Bureau of Investigation-topmost agency of criminal investigation in India since more than a decade where he has handled around one thousand complicated and high profile cases of death like Sushant Singh Rajput, Sunanda Pushkar, Sheena Bora, Badayun two sisters death, Batla House encounter, Tamilnadu custodial deaths, Telangana encounter case, Unnao gangrape and murder, Gopinath munde , Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, Bhandara three sisters deaths & Nithari serial killings to name a few.
Prof. Adarsh is Visiting Faculty to Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, National Piragov University, Vinnitsya Ukraine, National Police Academy, Hyderabad, CBI Academy Ghaziabad, National Institute of Criminology & Forensic Sciences, New Delhi & Central Detective Training School, Chandigarh. He has more than 22 years of teaching experience and medicolegal field work. Has guided 20 PhD/postgraduate students and conducted around 5000 autopsies. His PhD students have been from field of forensic toxicology and forensic anthropology who have done their MSc in Forensic Sciences from various universities. Has been examiner and subject expert in Forensic Medicine & Toxicology in various universities of 15 states of India as well as Nepal, Mauritius & New Zealand. Delivered 2 orations & about 100 lectures in various scientific conferences all over the world, published 75 papers, written 5 chapters in various textbooks of forensic medicine, acted as Editorial board member and peer reviewer in 20 journals of speciality from India and abroad including Romanian Journal of Legal Medicine, Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences, HSOA Journal of Forensic, Legal and Investigative Sciences USA, Adli Tip Bulletin Turkey, Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine, UK, Biomedical and Biosocial Anthropology Ukraine etc. Currently also Editor of Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology.
Representing the country at highest level as Governing Council Member of 3 International scientific organisations viz. International Academy of Legal Medicine (IALM), Indo-pacific Association of Law Medicine & Sciences (INPALMS) & Asia Pacific Association of Medicolegal Agencies (APMLA). Earlier was General Secretary of Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine for 3 years (2010-13). Developed online courses (MOOCs) in three subjects ie Forensic Medicine, Forensic Anthropology & Forensic Serology & Biology under Digital India Mission for Ministry of Human Resource and Development which are now freely available on YouTube for learning by police personnel, forensic science and medical students all over world .
He was honoured with Commendation Certificate for his exemplary work in field of Forensic Investigations & Human Rights by National Human Rights Commission in 2014. He was awarded with Education Award for Excellence by Indo-US Global Foundation in 2016. Honoured with International Cooperation Medal by Government of Ukraine in 2020.
Interactive Academic Knowledge Exchange Programme with International Guest Faculty
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AIIMS, New Delhi organized an Interactive academic knowledge exchange programme with following International Faculties on 10th of September, 2019 at 11:30 AM.
The event was coordinated by Dr Abhishek Yadav, Asst Professor, Dr Kulbhushan Prasad, Asst Prof and Dr Abilash S, Senior resident.
The event started with the round of the department Facilities including Mortuary, Forensic Histopathology Lab, Forensic radiology, DNA Lab and toxicology Lab. The guest faculty members gave their inputs, suggestions and advise regarding the betterment of the infrastructure and working protocol. They addressed the queries of the technicians, scientists, resident doctors and Faculty members regarding their respective working areas.
It was followed by interactive lecture by Dr Stephen Cordner. The topic was presented by Professor Stephen M Cordner, Ex-Director, University of Monash, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Australia. He gave a brief overview of the establishment of Digital Autopsy under his leadership at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Australia. He also shared his experience as a Forensic Pathologist working at the institute along with some practical tips and guidance regarding possible pit falls in the Forensic practice which can be avoided. He appreciated the Departments’ effort in establishing the DNA lab and Toxicology lab and its functional status. The Department of Forensic Medicine is starting the Digital Autopsy Services shortly and Professor Stephen M Cordner congratulated the Head of the Department on the achievement and also shared pros and cons of implementing Digital autopsy. He also advised the young residents and researchers of the department to use the powerful tool of CT scan for better learning and also for taking the subject to better heights. Following the lecture, the faculties and residents came up with their queries regarding the topic discussed and the possible use of Digital Autopsy techniques in Forensic Medicine practice in Indian setup.
The event ended with the vote of thanks and felicitation of Professor Stephen M Cordner by Dr Sudhir K Gupta, Prof & Head.
Symposium on Humanitarian Forensics
The role of Forensic Medicine experts is not limited only to complete postmortem examination and routine medicolegal duties. The concept of humanitarian approach such as Dignified Management of Dead, providing comfort to grieved relatives, relevant forensic issues affecting the living etc are very relevant considering socio-cultural realities of the society but are often neglected in the day to day duties of a Forensic expert. Keeping this relevant but neglected aspect in mind, an initial step was envisaged by Dr Sudhir K Gupta, Professor and Head and Dr Uwom Eze, Forensic Coordinator, ICRC.
A Symposium was held on 29/08/2018 to increase awareness, knowledge, sensitization and responsiveness particularly among young Forensic Medicine experts who are the future of this country. This symposium was a joint venture of AIIMS & International Committee of Red Cross (India) with vision and aim to discuss the Humanitarian aspects of Forensic Medicine practice for future guidelines and a roadmap, and also discussing the operational aspects and capacity building, with your active collaboration as a stakeholder.
The event started with registration of delegates. The event was formally inaugurated by Dr Sudhir K Gupta, Professor & Head of the Department. The following speakers addressed the delegates:
This was followed by an interactive session with all the participants, where all deliberated and discussed about the Humanitarian aspects of Forensic Medicine practice for future guidelines, operational aspects and capacity building. The vote of thanks was given by Dr Abhishek Yadav (Asst Professor).
The event was co-ordinated by Dr Kulbhushan Prasad (Asst Prof), Dr Abhishek Yadav (Asst Professor), Dr Antara Deb Barma (Senior resident), Dr Swati Tyagi (Senior Resident) along with the support of other resident doctors and staff of the Department. Dr Prashanth Bhagvath coordinated the event from ICRC side. The Workshop was followed by Lunch for all delegates. Altogether, about 90 delegates attended the symposium and participated actively with their inputs.
Symposium on ‘‘Role of Forensic DNA Technology in Expediting Justice and Fighting Crime’ on 17/07/2019.
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AIIMS, New Delhi organized a symposium jointly in association with Ogilvy India on the ‘Role of Forensic DNA Technology in Expediting Justice and Fighting Crime’, held at India International Centre on 17th of July, 2019.
The event started with the welcome address followed by the National Anthem. The Opening remarks were given by Ms Arneeta Vasudeva, (Sr VP & Capability Head, PR) Ogilvy India. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr Sudhir K Gupta Head of the Department. The speech highlighted the need for educating and training first-line responders on proper collection & handling of DNA samples while at the same time creating dedicated infrastructure to attend to rape survivors. Dr Gupta explained the importance establishment of National one-stop sexual assault examination, care, and research centre enabled with state-of-the-art DNA collection and testing facilities. Dr BB Choudhary (DCP Delhi Police) talked about the role of investigating officers in collection and preservation of crime scene evidence. Dr Vivek Sehajpal (Additional Director, Himachal Pradesh FSL) gave an interactive presentation on how to collect & preserve DNA samples of different types, along with a practical demo of the DNA collection kits.
The second was a panel discussion led by the Dr Sudhir K Gupta, Professor & Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. The session was co-chaired by Dr Vivek Sehajpal, Dr Deepa Verma (Director, Delhi FSL), Dr Harish Pathak (Professor, KEM Mumbai), and Tim Schellberg (Founder & President, Gordon Thomas Honeywell).
The topics of discussion were:
· Role of forensic technology like DNA in fighting crime and building safer communities.
· Forensic examination, care and counselling of victim critical for collection of evidence against culprit.
· Challenges with samples that arrive at the lab.
· Where and how does the evidence get contaminated?
· How does contaminated DNA evidence impact yield?
· How is DNA extracted, segmented and analysed to create a sequence.
· Global Perspective on Forensic DNA – Breakthroughs across the world in DNA casework; success of databases and busting myths; India’s progress, challenges & opportunities.
Expert Panel emphasized on the rise in demand for DNA testing and increasing our capacity for Justice to survivors of Sexual Assault. Panel recommended the plan for specialised trained crime scene examination teams to ensure quick retrieval of Forensic evidence while ensuring proper collection and preservation. Dr Harish Pathak shared his experience from his centre where One stop crisis centre is established and is functional. Mr. Tim Schellberg while quoting Nirbhaya Gangrape trial showed the need and the power of DNA sample in helping the prosecution build an airtight case based on the DNA of the accused found at the crime scene. It was followed by the discussion session where audience came up with their queries regarding the topics discussed and the practical difficulties faced by the doctors of Forensic Medicine in the India. The event ended with the vote of thanks and felicitation of the chairpersons.
The event was coordinated by Dr Kulbhushan Prasad, Asst Professor and Dr Abhishek Yadav, Asst Professor along with Resident doctors of the Department.
Workshop on Dignified Management of the Dead
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AIIMS, New Delhi organized a Workshop in association with International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), in Technology Hall, CMET on 17th of March, 2018. The Workshop focused on concept of Dignified Management of Dead, providing comfort to grieved relatives, relevant forensic issues affecting the living etc. The aim of the Workshop was to increase awareness, knowledge, sensitization and responsiveness particularly among Forensic Medicine experts working in Delhi.
The event started with registration of delegates and the welcome address was delivered by Head of the Department, Dr Sudhir K Gupta followed by the National Anthem. In the Inauguration ceremony, the following dignitaries were on the dais and also addressed the delegates:
Dr. Uwom O. Eze (Regional Forensic Coordinator, ICRC) discussed about “ICRC Humanitarian Forensic Action”. Dr Bipin B. Chaudhary, DCP, Homeguards, deliberated about “Police Perspective” towards Humanitarian Forensic Action. This was followed by High Tea, after which the Delegates were assembled into different workgroups to deliberate and discuss the Humanitarian aspects of Forensic Medicine practice for future guidelines, operational aspects and capacity building. The following were the Working Groups:
This was followed by 10 min Presentation by each of the Working Groups and Compilation of recommendations by rapporteurs. The Workshop was concluded by Closing Remarks, delivered by Head of the Department, Dr Sudhir K Gupta. The event was co-ordinated by Dr Adarsh Kumar (Prof), Dr Kulbhushan Prasad (Asst Prof), Dr Abhishek Yadav (Asst Professor), Dr Antara Deb Barma (Senior resident), Dr Arijit Dey (Senior Resident) along with the support of other resident doctors and staff of the Department. Dr Prashanth Bhagvath coordinated the event from ICRC side. The Workshop was followed by Lunch for all delegates. Altogether, about 80 delegates attended the workshop and participated actively with their inputs.