Name: Mr. Rahul Das
Educational Qualifications: BSc Chemistry Honours (First Class with Honours from Assam Central University, Silchar, Assam, India, Year of Graduation - 2017);
MSc Forensic Science with specialization in Forensic Chemistry & Toxicology (Bronze Medalist from JAIN Deemed-to-be University, Bengaluru, India, Year of Post-Graduation - 2019);
PhD (Ongoing from JAIN Deemed-to-be University, Bengaluru, India);
Current Position: Assistant Professor & Research Scholar
Where are you working currently?
JAIN Deemed-to-be University, Bengaluru, India
What are your areas of interest within your profession?
Analytical Toxicology, Drug Screening & Forensic Chemistry
Things that you are passionate about concerning the clinical/research/current aspects of your profession:
Learning new concepts and keeping knowledge up to date
Teaching students and guiding them
Referring and conducting research, to know about the advancements in the field
What made you choose teaching or mentoring as a profession?
I have always lacked guidance in the early stages of my career. I have chosen this profession to motivate and guide budding minds of the country as well as to keep on learning and researching new areas.
According to your experience, what is more important: getting good scores or acquiring knowledge?
I believe both are equally necessary. If a student can crack how to grasp knowledge and apply it in real-life situations and during exams, he or she can excel.
Any 3 topics/subjects that you like the most:
I love science overall. Choosing three topics would be limiting myself. However, my current thrust area includes study on chemicals - particularly, drugs and poisons.
Any 3 topics/subjects that you dislike/ detest the most:
I don't dislike any subject as such, but I don't feel interested while learning subjects that are only limited to theoretical aspects.
What are your fields of interest in Research/clinical practice?
Development of extraction and identification methods for drugs and poisons of natural and synthetic origin.
What are your career goals or expectations?
I believe to become an officer of scientific grade someday.
What would you be doing if not for the current profession?
I had a dream to be an actor, so maybe that.
What do you like to do in your leisure time?
I like to sing and listen to songs.
What change would you like to bring about in the Education sector?
I believe that there should be different categories of teachers in the higher education sector - Professors involved in Teaching & Research, Teaching & Administration, and Teaching & Research. Bringing everything on the plate affects the efficiency.
What is your Mantra for success?
Luck favors those who work hard.
Who do you idolize and why?
My parents, Mr. Raju Das & Mrs. Jaya Das - I have seen them going through the worst of days, yet they kept all of us moving. I believe that's the thing that I adapted from them and came this far.
Kindly mention your Publication(s), if any:
• Comparative spectroscopic analysis between Dille-Koppanyi test and Zwikker’s test for the detection of barbiturates in illicit cases
• Current challenges and perspective of undergraduate Forensic Science students in India – An academic survey
• Schiff bases : Synthesis, Applications and Characterization using FT-NMR Spectroscopy
• A study on the impact of Russia-Ukraine conflict on different sectors of the society: a negative outcome on mental health, rights and economy
• The lethal drink: Adulteration of alcohol and misuse of sanitizers”
• Adulteration of Petrol: A direct compromise of quality for consumers
Kindly mention your achievements or awards:
• INSPIRE Scholar, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India
• UGC-NET in Forensic Science
• FACT PLUS (Forensic Aptitude and Calibre Test - Plus) in Forensic Chemical Sciences conducted by NFSU, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India
• Bronze Medalist at Post-graduation level from JAIN (Deemed-to-be University), Bengaluru
And finally, what message would you like to give to today's youth?
Life starts after you complete your education. Be prepared to deal with life, and hustle the way out but don't forget to enjoy the process. You might be alone during the process but never give up!