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Scholarship Programmes for Diaspora Children

Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) was introduced in 2006-07 to make higher education in Indian Universities/Institutes in different fields (except medical and related courses) in India accessible to the children of overseas Indians (PIOs) and Non- resident Indian students (NRIs) and promote India as a centre for higher studies.

Under the Scheme, PIO/NRI students are awarded scholarship of up to US$ 4000 per annum for payment of tuition fee, admission fee and post admission services for Under Graduate courses in Engineering, Technology, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Commerce, Management, Journalism, Hotel Management, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and some other courses.

A revamped SPDC was launched from academic year 2016-17 with extension from 40 to 66 countries (including 17 ECR countries); enhancing number of scholarships from 100 to 150 with 50 earmarked for Children of Indian Workers in ECR counties. Of these 50 scholarships, 1/3rd are reserved for children of Indian workers in ECR countries studying in India. The entire process of applying, processing etc. is now through a portal (spdc.gov.in).

Scholarship is offered for pursuing courses in Central Universities of India offering Under Graduate Courses, including those pertaining to Information Technology, B.Sc (Nursing) and B.Pharma in Institutions accredited "A” Grade by NAAC; and Institutions covered under DASA Scheme, National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPAs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) etc. Applications are submitted and processed through a portal spdcindia.gov.in. Nearly 800 candidates were awarded scholarships since inception.

Sr. No. Title
1 List of awardees of Scholarship under SPDC scheme 2015-16 and 2016-17 Click here
2 Revision of Guidelines for SPDC Scheme 2016-17 Notice Inviting Applications for Scholarships under Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children 2016-17(115 KB)
3 Notice Inviting Applications for Scholarships under Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children 2016-17 Notice Inviting Applications for Scholarships under Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children 2016-17(147 KB)
4 No Scholarship for fresh batch during 2015-16 No Scholarship for fresh batch during 2015-16(406 KB)
5 Merit List of SPDC-2014 Merit List of SPDC-2014(212 KB)
6 Merit List of SPDC-2015 Merit List of SPDC-2015(112 KB)
7 Guideline and Application form 2013-14 Guideline and Application form 2013-14(194 KB)
8 Guideline and Application form 2014-15 Guideline and Application form 2014-15(457 KB)