The National Institute of Sciences Communication and Information Resources under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, has invited applications for the entrance test for admission to the Associateship in Information Sciences for the year 2006-08. This two-year course is equivalent to Master's Degree in Library and Information Sciences recognised by the Government of India and many universities.Those who have a minimum of 50 per cent aggregate marks in master's degree or B.E./MBBS or B.LISc. plus one year of relevant experience after B.LISc. are eligible to apply for the test. The test will be conducted in New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai. Those who qualify in the test have to appear for an interview in New Delhi. Outstation candidates appearing for interview will be paid second-class sleeper return rail fare.Twenty-five students will be selected based on the test and interview. The test will be held on July 12 and interview will be held during the second week of August. There is also provision for scholarship to 40 per cent of non-sponsored meritorious students at Rs.1,000 a month for nine months.Application form and other details can be downloaded from the website Completed applications along with DD for Rs.100 drawn in favour of Director, NISCAIR, payable in New Delhi, should be sent to the following address: Head, ETTG, National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), 14, Satsang Vihar, New Delhi-110 067. Ph: 011-26863521. Last date for of receipt of application is June 23.Population studiesThe International Institute for Population Sciences, Deonar, Mumbai, has invited applications for the entrance test to be held on July 20 for admission to Master's in Population Studies (MPS) and M.Phil. in Population Studies courses. Duration is one year for MPS and 18 months for M.Phil. Those who have a Master's Degree in Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Social Anthropology, Geography, Social Work, Population Studies, Mathematics or Statistics are eligible for admission. Students expecting results by the end of July can also apply. Selection will be based on written admission test followed by a personal interview.Indian students admitted to MPS course are offered Government of India fellowships of Rs.2000 a month.Application forms and more details can be downloaded from the institute website: www.iipsindia.orgCompleted applications should be submitted to the Assistant Registrar (Acad), International Institute for Population Sciences, Post Box No. 8307, Govandi Station Road, Deonar, Mumbai - 400 088.The last date of receipt of application is June 20.