Shiv Nadar University which had introduced entrance exams for admissions to its undergraduate programmes has now tied up with Pearson VUE, which services computer-based testing globally.

The computer-based test will be called the Shiv Nadar University Scholastic Aptitude Test (SNUSAT). And it would be delivered through Pearson VUE’s extensive network of test centres across India.

The university said this move would help it realise its aim to become a research-led university.

“School grades are, of course, extremely important, but as we offer a mix of programmes we want to be confident, with the support of a world-class aptitude test, that the students have the right mix of knowledge, behaviour and intelligence to succeed in our programmes. We are looking forward to working with Pearson VUE in developing the new test, accessible nationwide, which will help us to better match more candidates with the potential to succeed at our institution,” said the university’s Vice-Chancellor Dr. Nikhil Sinha.

SNU sought a customised, statistically valid, fair and reliable admission test to further improve the likelihood of a candidate’s success at the university.

Using Pearson VUE’s psychometrics and content development teams, the new test will employ a broader range of aptitude questions to better measure candidate suitability.

Pearson VUE has already started to administer the existing test which was launched this year.

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The Australian Government has launched a new video which is meant to promote “Endeavour Awards” scholarships.

The new video features interviews with Indian academics, students and researchers who have won an “Endeavour” and studied in Australia.

The Endeavour Awards are internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships provided by the Australian Government which gives overseas students and researchers the opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development programmes in Australia.

There are YouTube videos and information available online about the scholarship.

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The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is offering a new programme, “Master of Social Work (Counselling).”

The programme is meant to provide both academic learning and professional education and training in counselling, extending beyond theoretical knowledge.

It has been tailored to suit counsellors working with big organisations and in communities as well as individuals.

According to the university, “the problems being faced by people across society are numerous. Unlike the Western world, counselling services are inadequate in India. There is a growing demand for counsellors in schools, corporate sector, healthcare setting, social and welfare sectors, correctional settings”.

The university said it had designed the programme keeping in mind the need for specially trained counsellors to handle the stress of employees working in call centres, corporate sectors, families, family courts, correctional settings, school, universities and educational institutions, rehabilitation centres, refugee camps, institutions for the differently-abled, aged, child care and adoption centres, among others.

A bachelor’s degree from a recognised university with the medium of instruction being English is the eligibility needed to apply.

The course is for a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years.

Student Handbook and Prospectus are available in all the regional centres of the university for Rs. 200. More details are available on www.ignou.ac.in and the last day for applying is July 31.

Compiled by Vijetha S. N

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