In August 1986 Prof J G Kannappan from Madras Dental College and Prof P Chandra Sekharan from Forensic Sciences Department conducted the first National Workshop on Forensic Odontology at Chennai. Resource persons for the workshop were experts like Dr Kenneth Brown from Adelaide University, Australia and from Japan. Dental surgeons and forensic scientists numbering about forty were given training in forensic odontology. This led to solving of a few crimes using dental evidences.
The next major event in Forensic odontology in India was an International Conference on Forensic odontology which was also conducted at Chennai during 23rd to 25th January 1998 at Hotel Savera. It was organised under the auspices of the Indian Society for Dental Research by Prof J. G. Kannappan as the Chairman and Dr S. Balagopal as the organising secretary.
The conference was cosponsored by
1. The T N DR MGR Medical University
2. The T N State Council for Science and Research
3. Dr J G Shanmuganathan, Ganga hospital, Coimbatore
4. Indian Overseas Bank
5. Al-Badar Dental College & Hospitals, Gulbarga
6. Pierre Fauchard Academy
7. Lions Club International District 324-A1
8. Indian Association of Forensic odontology
9. Forensic sciences Society of India
10. Bapuji Dental college & Hospitals, Davangere, Karnataka State
11. Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute [Deemed University], Chennai
12. Indian National Science Academy.
The Patron Sponsors of the conference was
1. Dr S Jagathrakshagan,
Sri Balaji Dental College, Chennai.
2. Mr. T R Pachamuthu,
S R M Dental College, Chennai.
3. Pepsodent – G
Hindustan Lever (I) Ltd.
Some of the world-renowned participants were:
Dr Haken Mornstad, President of the International organization for Forensic odontostomotology.
Dr D K Whittaker, University of Wales College of Medicine, U K.
Dr Hasimoto Masatsgu, Japan.
Prof. P Chandrasekaran, Chennai.
Prof. C Damodaran, Forensic Sciences Lab, Madras.
Prof. K Jyothindra Kumar, Forensic Odontologist, Kerala State Government, Trivandrum.
Prof. J G Kannappan, Chennai.
Prof. S Balagopal, Chennai. Brigadier Dr. C Suryanarayanan,
Dr Malkanthi S Chandrasekera from the University of Peradeniya, SriLanka,
Dr Vermylen Yvo from Belgium,
Dr Tanaka T from Japan,
Dr Prabakaran Nambiar from South Africa,
Dr Brkic H strimovic from Croatia,
Dr Hassanali J from Kenya,
Prof.. Ashima Valiathan and
Dr. Ajit D Dinkar.
The Governor of Tamilnadu, Her Excellency Justice Fathima Beevi, inaugurated this conference. Her Excellency also released a book titled “Text Book on Oral Medicine”. The book is edited by one of the charter member of the ISDR Prof. P K Dayal. Prof. J G Kannappan and Prof. S Balagopal have contributed a chapter on Forensic odonto-stomotology in this book.
Dr Major D Raja, the vice-chancellor of the T N DR MGR Medical University, Chennai, inaugurated the Scientific Session.
Padmabushan Dr Sivaji Ganesan released the conference Souvenir.
Dr Haken Mornstad, President of the International organization for odontostomotology and Dr Sivaratna C Savadi, the first lady dental surgeon to be the Director of Medical Education in the country in Karnataka State rendered felicitations.
During the conference following resolutions were passed. 1. In India maintenance of dental records by all dental surgeons should be made mandatory. 2. Dental Council of India should initiate a Post-graduate course in Forensic odontology at the earliest. 3. Government of India should recognize this important specialty and utilize the services of volunteering odontologists. 4. It is advised that aircrew and frequently travelling passengers should have dental records with salient case sheets, models, X-rays and photographs.
The entire conference was dedicated to the Golden Jubilee Year of Indian Independence.
The response for the conference and the large volume of new ideas in the field of forensic odontology, discussed and exchanged during the conference was the incentive for initiating an association of Forensic Odontology in India.
It materialized with meetings of a few dental surgeons interested in the science in 2001.
The Indian Association of Forensic Odontology, India, (IAFO) was officially registered in the month of May, 2002 at Chennai in Tamilnadu. The association is a non-profit professional association for dental surgeons, forensic odontologist, medical practitioners, forensic scientists, forensic pathologists, police and all other law enforcement employees who are interested in the scientific investigation of crime using odontological evidences in the detection of crime.