Scholarship Programmes for Diaspora Children
Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) was introduced in the academic year 2006-2007 with the objective to make higher education in Indian accessible to the children of overseas Indians and promote Indian as a Centre for higher studies.
The Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) Scheme was previously applicable to NRIs and PIOs of 40 countries for undergraduate programmes, with the approval of EAM, the scheme has been revamped and the revised guidelines. Some important changes in the scheme are highlighted below:
i) SPDC is now applicable to 66 countries
ii) The scheme is now applicable to four categories of applicants:
a) Persons of Indian Origin
b) Non-Resident of Indians
c) Children of Indian workers working in ECR countries
d) Children of Indian workers in ECR countries - studying in India
iii) The number of scholarships has been increased from 100 to 150, out of which 50 seats are reserved for (c) and (d) respectively.
iv) The institutions that are covered under this scheme are:
(a) NITs, IIITs, Schools of Planning and Architecture
(b) ‘A’ Grade institutions accredited by NAAC and recognised by UGC
(c) Other institutions covered under DASA scheme.
v) Income criteria is now applicable to all four categories.
vi) Applicants will seek scholarships after they obtain admission in the approved list of educational institutions
vii) The Government of India has designated the Educational Consultants India Limited (Edcil), New Delhi, for implementing this scholarship scheme. Detailed information of this Scholarship scheme and application form are available on the website of the Ministry of External Affairs (http://www.mea.gov.in/spdc.htm) and also on the SPDC Portal (http://spdcindia.gov.in/login/index.php)
Eligible candidates can apply directly on the portal after getting the supportive documents attested by the Consulate General of India, Saint Denis.
The last date for the applications submission is extended up to 31 December 2016.