Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children” (SPDC) – 2013-14

No. Abu/CW/383/12/2013                                                                                           May 26, 2013


Dear President,


This is to inform that Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs [MOIA] has launched a scheme called the “Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children” (SPDC) – 2013-14 to assist children/wards of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in pursuing under graduate courses in several disciplines in India.

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.
  • The last date for receipt of duly filled-in application forms in the prescribed format by Ed.CIL is 10th June 2013.
  • 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 fulfill 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’ attached in the Guidelines.
  • The last date for receipt of duly filled-in application forms in the prescribed format by Ed.CIL is 10th June 2013.

The applications and procedures/guidelines can be downloaded either from MOIA website or Ed.CIL website and also from Embassy’s website You are kindly requested to give wide publicity among the members of your Association/Centre for availing this opportunity.


Yours faithfully,


                                                                                                                               (Anand Bardhan)

Counsellor (CA)


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