Contrary to Sherlock Holmes's famous catchphrase, being a detective may not be so "elementary". MIFT is offering a course in security and detective science.

At the Mangalore Institute of Fashion Technology (MIFT), it involves three years of rigorous training in weapon-handling, law, and psychology, among others.

Claiming the course to be the first of its kind in the country, MIFT offers Bachelor of Arts in Security and Detective Science (B.A. [S and D.S]), which is recognised by Mangalore University. According to officials of the institute, with the security services sector booming, jobs are aplenty. “Candidates with the degree can become security officers in private security firms, or can join insurance, banking companies to handle claims and cases of fraud. This course will also prepare them for Indian Police Services (IPS),” said MIFT Director M.G. Hedge.

He said that the idea for the course came after an interaction with a constable on a train.

“He was going to Kerala to find a suspect. He spoke of the difficulties of the process, including language and geography of the terrain,” he said. Through a cursory survey, Mr. Hedge found out that no course existed for security professionals or policemen. “To become a police officer, you only have to write the examination.

Learning about the process of detection comes through at least five years of on-the-job training,” he added.

The syllabus covers a wide range of specialisations, divided into 30 subjects over six semesters . Bhavyashree Kulal, one of the four lecturers teaching the course, conducts classes on criminology. “We cover laws, theories of crime, patterns, and how and why crime happens,” she said.

The next academic year starts on July 1, with the last date for sending applications being June 25.

For more details, contact MIFT at 0824-2448897, 8453923310 or email at mift_mlore@yahoo.com or log on to www.miftmangalore.com.