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education Updated: Jul 13, 2011 11:11 IST
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No more paper applications for Cambridge admissions
The University of Cambridge has ended the practice of applying for admissions on paper. For the first time, overseas applicants and those applying for a music scholarship can now apply online.

The Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) has been launched as part of the university’s commitment to a user-friendly application process and its introduction means that all undergraduate applications can now be made online.

The online application system, COPA, replaces the Cambridge Overseas Application Form (COAF), and the Choral and Organ Award Application Form.

“Online applications allow for easy editing; painless, receipted submission and improved legibility,” a university spokesperson said.

The COPA enables the collegiate university to collect additional details to those captured by the Universities and Colleges Application Service (UCAS) application for those studying outside the EU, and those who would like to be considered for an organ or choral scholarship.

This includes information such as passport number and whether an overseas interview is requested. In the case of those applying for a choral award and/or organ scholarship, the COPA allows information about vocal range and musical experience to be collected.

Ignou launches programmes in health sciences, Chinese language
The Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (Ignou) School of Health Sciences (SOHS) has launched a post graduate diploma course in HIV medicine and post doctoral certificate in dialysis medicine from this session. The programmes have been launched in collaboration with National AIDS Control Organisation (Naco) and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) respectively.

Both these programmes are developed in a project mode and fully sponsored by ministry of health and family welfare. The maximum number of students in each PSC will be not more than six in each batch. About 50% seats will be filled through sponsorship by DGHS. The candidates should be Doctor of Medicine (MD)/DNB in medicine or paediatrics. Ignou’s School of Foreign Languages has also launched a diploma programme for learning Chinese language in both face-to-face and online mode along with a certificate programme in Chinese language through online mode for this session.

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