The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs lauched 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.

The following are the highlights of the Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children 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, Agricutlure/Animal Husbandry, Science, Law etc

The programme is open only to PIOs/NRIs from the specified 40 countries(including Myanmar) 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 candiates, 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$ 2250(US dollars two thousand two hundred and fifty only)

Children of NRIs should have pursued at least three years of education, inclusive of 11th and 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.

Candiates 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 criteria prescibed for the purpose.

The amount of scholarship admissible would be 75% of the total Institutional Economic Cost(IEC) or US$ 4000 (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/universitites given in Appendix 'C' of the information booklet.

Click on the following link to download:Guidelines and Applicaion Form for SPDC Scheme 2013-2014

The last date for receipt of duly filled-in application forms in the prescribed format by Ed.CIL is 10 June 2013.