THE Shiv Nadar University (SNU) has recently announced the establishment of its School of Natural Sciences. This is the second school to be established at SNU, following the School of Engineering. The School of Natural Sciences will commence with the department of mathematics. Announcing the School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar, founder, HCL & chairman, HCL Technologies and the Shiv Nadar Foundation said, “Interdisciplinarity is a key pillar of the global higher education system and is an integral part of the Shiv Nadar University’s vision to build an institute benchmarked to global education standards. The School of Natural Sciences is an important step towards this vision.” Starting this year, the department of mathematics will offer a four-year undergraduate BS degree programme and a two-year postgraduate MS degree programme. In addition to the degree programmes, the department will also offer certification courses to develop technical and analytical skills relevant to industry needs. The university will begin its first academic session in August with the School of Engineering and the School of Natural Sciences.