Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children - 2008


The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs had introduced a Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) in 2006, to assist Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in pursuing Under Graduate courses in Higher and Technical fields in India. Under this Programme, 67 PIO/NRI students were granted scholarship during the academic year 2006-07 while 81 students were granted scholarship in the next academic year.

1 . The following are the highlights of the SPDC-2008 :

• 100 scholarships are being offered for Undergraduate courses in disciplines including Engineering/Architecture/ Technology, Humanities/ Liberal Arts, Commerce, Management - BBA/BBM, Journalism, Hotel Management, Agriculture/Animal Husbandry, Sciences, Law etc.

• The Programme is open only to PIOs/NRIs from the specified 40 countries (listed below) having a larger concentration of Indian Diaspora.

• 50% of the scholarship would be reserved for PIOs. However, in the event of non-availability of suitable PIO candidates, the unfilled slots could be assigned to NRI candidates.

• NRI candidates would be eligible for the grant of scholarship only if their total family income does not exceed an amount equivalent to US $ One thousand and five hundred (US $ 1, 500).

• Children of NRIs should have pursued at least three years of education inclusive of 11th & 12th or equivalent (not beyond), in a foreign country during the last six years, and have passed the qualifying examination abroad.

• The last date for receipt of duly filled in prescribed application form by Ed.CIL is 4th April 2008.

• Candidates would be selected on the basis of a common entrance test to be conducted by Ed.CIL on 18th May, 2008 at Indian Mission/Post in Australia. Exact timings would be intimated by Ed.CIL. The candidates would also have to fulfill the entire criterion prescribed for the purpose.

• The amount of scholarship admissible would be 75% of Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) or US $ three thousand six hundred (US $ 3,600), whichever is less. IEC includes Tuition fee, Hostel fee & other institutional charges.


Important sites

Ed.CIL websites ; and

Countries covered under the Programme:

Australia Madagascar Singapore
Bahrain Malaysia South Africa
Canada Mauritius Spain
Fiji Mozambique Sri Lanka
France Myanmar Surinam
Germany Netherlands Tanzania
Guyana New Zealand Thailand
Hong Kong, China Nigeria Trinidad and Tobago
Indonesia Oman U.A.E.
Israel Philippines U.K.
Italy Portugal U.S.A
Jamaica Qatar Yemen
Kenya Reunion Island  
Kuwait Saudi Arabia  

CGI Sydney
28 Feb 2008

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