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Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children

Posted on: June 12, 2021 | Back | Print

The High Commission of India, Maputo is pleased to announce that the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India has launched a Scholarship Scheme titled Scholarship

Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) for the children of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)/ Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) to assist them in pursuing Under Graduate courses in Indian Universities and Institutes for the academic year 2021-22. Under the SPDC Scheme, financial assistance for specific undergraduate courses in professional and non-professional courses (except medical and related courses) is provided towards tuition fee, admission fee and post-admission services. Only fresh year students ( Ist year) shall be eligible to get the scholarship.

Following are the highlights of the SPDC for the academic year 2021-22.

(i) The scheme is open to four categories of applicants in the age group of 17 to 21 years as on July 31, 2021.

(a) Children of Persons of Indian Origin

(b) Children of Non-Resident of Indians

(c) Children of Indian workers of ECR countries – studying outside India.

(d) Children of Indian workers in ECR countries– studying in India.

(ii) The total seats of scholarships are 150, out of which 50 seats are reserved for the category (c) and (d). Of these 50 scholarships, 1/3rd shall be reserved for children who are pursuing studies in India, subject to the fulfilling eligibility conditions. If any of these seats are not filled up, they will be made available to applicants from other categories under SPDC and vice-versa.

(iii) 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 should have passed the qualifying examination abroad.

(iv) Candidates would be selected on the basis of their performance in the qualifying examination (equivalent to plus 2 stages in India) which decides the eligibility to

apply for the scholarship scheme. The candidates would also have to fulfill all the criteria prescribed for the purpose.

(v) The institutions that are covered under this scheme are:

(a) NITs, IIITs, Schools of Planning and Architecture

(b) ‘A’ Grade institution accredited by NAAC and recognized by UGC.

(c) Other institutions covered under DASA scheme.

(vi) The amount of scholarship admissible would be 75% of the total Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) subject to a maximum of US$ 4000/- per annum in respect of NITs and other Institutions covered under Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) Scheme. IEC includes Tuition fee, Hostel fee & other institutional charges ( Food charges are excluded).

(vii) The total monthly income of the parent(s) of the applicant should not exceed an amount of equivalent of US$ 5000/-. The parents of the applicants will provide a self-attested salary certificate from the employer based in a foreign country.

(viii) After obtaining admission in selected courses in any of the specified Institutes, students who fulfill all other eligibility conditions can complete and submit the on-line application form on the SPDC portal ( www.spdc.india.gov.in).

(ix) Detailed guidelines of the SPDC scheme may be accessed through https://www.spdcindia.gov.in/login/guideline.php

(ix) The last date for submission of the duly filled in application forms in the prescribed format is November 30, 2021.