Applications have been invited for a common aptitude test to be held in New Delhi on August 3 for admission to a one-year postgraduate diploma course in integrated geriatric care to be held under the National Initiative on Care for the Elderly in New Delhi. There will be a group discussion and an interview.

The course aims to develop a cadre of skilled personnel at managerial and supervisory levels to meet the demand for providing skill-based, field-oriented, trained personnel in age care in the non-governmental organisation sector.

The course covers subjects such as Gerontology, Public Policy and Planning, Clinical Geriatrics, Geriatric Management, Psychology and Counselling and Research Methodology. A degree in any discipline, preferably in Sociology, Social Work, Social Welfare, Anthropology, Psychology, Nursing, Home Science or related fields, and a certificate, experience or training in age-care organisations may apply. The candidates should be between the ages of 21 and 45 as on October 1, 2012. There are 20 seats. There is no course fee.

Download application forms and details from The filled applications, along with a demand draft for Rs. 80 drawn in favour of the Director, National Institute of Social Defence, payable in New Delhi, and copies of documents, should be sent to the Deputy Director, Old-age Care Division, West Block 1, Wing 3, First Floor, R.K. Puram, New Delhi – 110 066, so as to reach there latest by July 15.

Gopakumar Karakonam