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
• The last date for receipt of duly
filled in prescribed application form by Ed.CIL is 4th April
• 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 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
BOOKLET & APPLICATION FORM 2008-09