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Press Release for SPDC 2013-14

High Commission of India is happy to inform that the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has launched a scheme called the "Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children" (SPDC) in 2006-07, to assist children/wards of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indian (NRIs) in pursuing under graduate courses in several disciplines in India. EdCIL (India) Limited, a Government of India Enterprise, has been designated as the "Nodal Agency" for implementation of the SPDC.

The SPDC is applicable to undergraduate studies in Professional and Non-Professional course (except Medical and related courses). Assistance provided under comprises of financial assistance, primarily towards tuition fee, admission fee and post admission services as mentioned in guidelines.

The following are the highlights of the SPDC 2013 -14.

  • 100 scholarships are being offered for undergraduate courses in several disciplines including Engineering/Architecture/Technology, Humanities/Liberal Arts, Commerce, Management -BBA/BBM, Journalism, Hotel Management, Agriculture/Animal Husbandry, Science, Law etc.
  • The programme is open only to PIOs/NRIs from the specified 40 countries having a larger concentration of Indian Diaspora.
  • 50 % of the scholarship slots would be reserved of PIOs. However, in the event of the non-availability of suitable PIO candidates, the unfilled slots could be assigned to NRI candidates.
  • NRI candidates would be eligible for the grant of the scholarship only if their total family income per month does not exceed an amount equivalent to US $ 2,250 (US dollars two thousand two hundred and fifty only)
  • Children of NRIs should have pursued at least three years of education, inclusive of 11th & 12th or equivalent (not beyond), in a foreign country during the last six years, and should have passed the qualifying examination abroad.
  • PIO/NRI Students already studying in India on a self-financing basis or under any other arrangement will not be eligible under this scheme, which is open only for fresh admissions in the first semester/year of undergraduate courses.
  • Candidates would be selected on the basis of their performance in the qualifying examination (equivalent to plus 2 stage in India) which decides the eligibility to apply for the scholarship scheme. The candidates would also have to fulfil all the criteria prescribed for the purpose.
  • The amount of scholarship admissible would be 75 % of the total Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) or US $ 4,000 (US dollars four thousand only) per annum, whichever is less. IEC includes Tuition fee, Hostel fee & other institutional charges.
  • Admission may be sought in one of the institutes/colleges/universities given in Appendix 'C' of the information booklet.
  • The last date for receipt of duly filled-in application forms in the prescribed format by Ed.CIL is 10th June 2013.

The scheme is applicable to Indian Diaspora from 40 selected countries, having larger concentration of Persons of Indian origin. A list of selected countries, guidelines and application form for the above programme are attached as Appendix-A to D respectively. Details of the Programme would also be available on the website of this Ministry i.e. or Ed.CIL website

Guidelines and Application Form for SPDC Scheme 2013-2014


Appendix-B to D

Pritam Lal
First Secretary (Coordination)
High Commission of India
Tel: 00-44-207632 3217

Jun 10, 2014
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