Number of scholarships to award
- tuition fee reduction
Every year 150 scholarships are offered under the SPDC. Out ofthese 150 scholarships, 100 are earmarked for the children ofNRIs/PIOs/OCIs and 50 are earmarked for the children of Indian workers in all the ECR countries subject to fulfilling all the eligibility criteria.
Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India introduced “Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) in the academic year 2006-2007 for the children of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)/ children of Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), to assist them in pursuing Under Graduate courses in Indian Universities/Institutes and promote India as a centre of higher studies. The SPDC was extended to the Children of Indian Workers in 17 Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries.
(i) In the First Year: Partial financial assistance to the extent of 75% of the total Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) subject to a maximum of US $ Four Thousand (US$ 4,000) per annum whichever is less would be made by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India to the applicants selected for the SPDC scheme. IEC includes Tuition fee, Hostel fee & other institutional charges. (Food charges are excluded).
(ii) For Second and Subsequent Years: The parameters for continuation of scholarship to selected applicants for the second and subsequent years of study w.e.f., are as follows: Students securing 50% and above marks in aggregate in an academic year with clear pass marks in all subjects of study, would be eligible to receive the maximum admissible scholarship i.e. 75% of IEC or US$ Four Thousand (US$ 4,000) in the following year of study
Category. SPDC is awarded to the following four categories:
(a) Children of PIOs/OCIs.
(b) Children of NRIs.
(c) Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries studied outside India.
(d) Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries studied in India.
After obtaining admission in selected course in any of the institutes, students who fulfill all other eligibility conditions may submit the online application form on the SPDC portal