Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India has announced the “Scholarship
Programme for Diaspora Children” (SPDC), for the academic year 2019-20. The
programme is to help the children of NRIs/PIOs belonging to 68 countries pursuing undergraduate courses in several disciplines in India. Only fresh year students (1 st year) in the age group of 17 to 21 years as on 31.10.2019 are eligible to apply for the scholarship.They should also have passed Senior Secondary (10+2) or equivalent examination with minimum of 60% marks or equivalent grades.
SPDC aims at providing financial assistance to the needy children to assist them in pursuing specific professional and non-professional (except medical and related courses)undergraduate courses in Indian universities/institutes. SPDC program is aimed at four categories a) children of Persons of Indian Origin/Overseas Citizens of India b) children of Non-Resident Indians c) children of Indian workers in ECR countries studying outside India d) children of Indian workers in ECR countries studying in India.
Under the scheme, Government of India provides partial financial assistance to the extent of 75% of the total Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) subject to a maximum of US $4000 per annum. IEC includes tuition fees, hostel fees and other institutional charges (excluding food charges). The total monthly income of the parents of the candidate should not exceed an amount equivalent to US$ 4000.
Candidates can visit the website http://spdcindia.gov.in for detailed guidelines,online application form, list of institutes and courses. The last date of submission of online application form is 30 th November, 2019.