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SPDC Scheme

Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) for pursuing
under-graduation in Professional and General courses in India

Guidelines for Academic Session 2018-2019 - please click

Weblink: http://spdcindia.gov.in/login/index.php


1. The Government of India has launched a scheme called “Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) for Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), for pursuing specific undergraduate courses in Indian Universities/Institutes.
2. The courses under this programme do not include medical and related courses.  Under SPDC scheme financial assistance for specific undergraduate courses in Professional and Non-Professional courses is provided towards tuition fee, admission fee and post admission services.
Eligibility Criteria:
3. The SPDC is open to applicants in the age group of 17 to 21 years as on 1 October 2018. Applicants born on or after 1 October 1997 and before 1 October 2001 are eligible to apply.

4. PIO applicants are to submit proof of their Indian origin, which may be a valid PIO or OCI card. Those who cannot submit such evidences, are required to submit a declaration about their Indian origin in a prescribed format.
5. NRI applicants should have pursued at least 3 years of education abroad (in any one of the 66 countries mentioned at annex 2) during the last 6 years, and should have passed the qualifying examination abroad inclusive of 11th & 12th standard or equivalent (not beyond). NRI applicants must submit a certificate, which is to be attested by the High Commissioner of India certifying that the parent(s) of the candidate is/are working in a foreign country since last two years.
6. Applicants who are Children of Indian Workers, should have pursued at least 3 years of education in any ECR country during the last 6 years, and should have passed the qualifying examination abroad inclusive of 11th & 12th standard or equivalent (not beyond). These applicants must submit a certificate to be attested by the High Commission of India certifying that their parent(s) is/are working in an ECR country since last two years. A copy of the parent(s) work permit for the ECR country must be submitted, attested by the Indian High Commission.
Academic Qualifications:
7. Applicants must have passed the 12th standard or equivalent qualification from a system of education recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), with the requisite subjects for the course that they are applying for. The applicants must have scored a minimum of 60% aggregate marks or equivalent grades in all the subjects in the qualifying examination.

8. Candidates who passed the qualifying examination and secured admission in an undergraduate course in the designated Institution in India and fulfill other eligibility criteria can apply for the SPDC. Such candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of marks/score obtained at the 12th standard level along with submission of proof of Admission Letter issued by the Institution, duly stamped and signed by the Authorized Signatory of that Institution and other required documents submitted only on the SPDC portal by 15th October 2018
Income Criteria:
9. The total monthly income of the parent(s) of the PIO / NRI candidates should not exceed an amount equivalent to US $ 4000. The applicants’ parents will provide a self attested salary certificate from the employer and latest annual income tax return.
10. Candidates availing any scholarship / financial assistance / any other assistance under any scheme sponsored and/or funded by any State Government or the Central Government of India shall not be eligible for assistance under the SPDC. The applicants' parents/guardians are required to sign a declaration about this in a prescribed format. Existing beneficiaries shall continue to get the scholarship till the completion of their courses, if otherwise eligible.

Application and Selection Process:
11. Selection will be based exclusively on merit. Only applications submitted online at the SPDC portal along with the required documents (scan copy) by 15 October 2018 will be accepted. The list of selected candidates will be posted on the website of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India at www.mea.gov.in and SPDC Portal (http://spdcindia.gov.in). Candidates will give their consent about acceptance of scholarship by e-mail to the Ministry of External Affairs ¬†within 7 days of publication of the 1st list of shortlisted candidates. Thereafter, candidates shall submit an undertaking duly stamped and signed by the respective Institution (within 15 days of display of the merit list) that as per the requirements of the SPDC Guidelines the Institute shall submit required documentation online from time to time. The students shall then be sent an 'Offer Letter' containing details of the scholarship amount admissible to them.
Financial Assistance:
12. In the First Year, the scholarship provides partial financial assistance of 75% of the total Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) subject to a maximum of US dollar four thousand (US $4000) per annum.,

Last Date of submission of Completed Application Form online on SPDC portal (http://spdcindia.gov.in) is 15 October 2018