Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology was established on 20 June 1964. Maj MDS Borcar was the first Head of Department. The Department was initially located in a barrack, where Dhanvantari auditorium stands today. It was shifted to another barrack where the Ashok Chakra library is now located. It moved to the Top Floor of Golden Jubilee Block in 1998. Advanced Specialist Course was started in 2005 and National Board of Examinations, New Delhi granted affiliation for starting DNB (FM) from 2006 to 2014. Department of Home Affairs, Government of Maharashtra accorded permission for starting Medico-legal Work in 2008. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India have accorded permission for starting a training programme for award of MD (FM) degree. MUHS, Nashik have accorded affiliation for MD (FM) course with annual intake of two students from 2015-16.
“The Armed Forces DNA Repository has been established at AFMC, Pune. Blood samples of Armed Forces personnel are being preserved at AFMC, Pune and will be used to establish the identity of deceased Armed Forces personnel, where needed. We hope to usher in an era by 2020, when no soldier shall die unknown” (Speech of hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar on the occasion of Commissioning Ceremony at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune on 31 Mar 2016).
Activities of the Department include:-
- Medico-legal Post Mortem Examinations on bodies that are brought from the areas of jurisdiction of Hadapsar & Wanowrie Police Stations.
- Medico-legal Examination, Documentation and Evidence collection in the Casualty of Command Hospital (Southern Command), Pune which is an affiliated teaching hospital of AFMC, Pune.
- Organ and Body Donation programme.
- Post-graduate Research Laboratory.
- Medico-legal Consultancy Services for the Armed Forces.
- Armed Forces DNA Profiling Centre and Repository.
- Training and Certification of Medical Officers in collection of blood samples of Armed Forces personnel for preservation in Armed Forces DNA Repository.
I. The department aims at equipping future doctors with knowledge of:
• Forensic aspects of different branches of medicine and enable them to apply the same during their practice of medicine
• Different laws applicable to practice of medicine
• Ethical and moral aspects of medical practice
• Preventive, curative and medico legal aspects of common poisons
II. To evolve into a centre of excellence, providing DNA profiling and repository services as well as diagnostic toxicology services for the armed forces.
III. Gaining recognition and reputation as an integrated part of both health care and legal systems of the armed forces.
IV. Striving for improved contribution towards its services to armed forces medical services by acting as nodal consultation centre on medico-legal matters.