Government of India has launched a scheme called “Scholarship Pogramme for Diaspora Children (SPDC)” for the children of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) to assist them in pursuing Under Graduate Courses in Indian Universities/Institutes. Under 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. Following are the highlights of the Scholarship scheme.

(i) The scheme is open to four categories of applicants in the age groups of 17 to 21 years as on October 31, 2019.

(a) Children of Persons of Indian Origin

(b) Children of Non-Resident Indians

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

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

(ii) Total seats of scholarships is 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 in a foreign country during the last six years, and should have passed the qualifying examination abroad.

(iv) Candidates would be shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the qualifying examination abroad (equivalent to Plus 2 stage 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 institutions 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 maximum of US $ 4000/- per annum in respect of NITs and other institutions covered under DASA scheme w.e.f the academic year 2011-12, the existing limit of 75% of IEC or US $ 3600/- which ever is less would continue and could be made by the Ministry to the applicants selected for SPDC. IEC includes Tuition fee, Hostel fee and other institutional charges (Food charg3es excluded).

(vii) Total monthly income of the parent(s) of the applicant should not exceed an amount equivalent to US $ 4000/-. The parents of the applicants will provide a self attested salary certificate fromt eh employer base din a foreign country.

(viii) After obtaining admission in selected courses in any of the specified institutes, students who fulfill the eligibility conditions can complete and submit the online application form on the SPDC portal (

(ix) Last date for submission of completed application form online on SPDC Portal is November 30, 2019.

2. Full details of the Scholarship including eligibility criteria, guidelines, Application Form for 2019-20 can be accessed at the SPDC Portal :



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