The Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) was launched in the academic year 2006-07 by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA). As per the scheme, partial financial assistance to the extent of 75 per cent of the total Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) subject to a maximum of USD 3,600 per annum per selected applicant can be made available by the MOIA. The IEC includes tuition fee, hostel fee and other institutional charges. Food charges are not included. Each year a minimum of 100 overseas Indian students (50 NRIs and 50 PIOs) are eligible for the scholarships. In 2010-11, 150 students have made it to the SPDC merit list.
The parameters for continuation of scholarship to selected applicants for the second and subsequent years of study are as follow:
Students securing 50 per cent marks in aggregate in an academic year with clear pass marks in all subjects of study will be eligible to receive the maximum admissible scholarship, that is 75 per cent of IEC or USD 3,600, whichever is less, in the following year of study.
Students who receive less than 50 per cent marks in aggregate in an academic year and have obtained clear pass marks in all subjects of study will be eligible for 90 per cent of the scholarship. Those students who are unable to secure clear pass marks in all subjects but have been promoted by the Institute / University to the next academic year would be eligible to receive 50 per cent of the scholarship.
DISBURSEMENT OF SCHOLARSHIP
The admissible amount of scholarship shall be remitted by EdCIL (India) Ltd directly to the concerned institute / university along with the balance fee deposited by the student or by the parent / guardian of the student.
The SPDC is applicable to undergraduate studies in professional and non-professional courses (except medicine and related courses). The scheme is applicable to Indian diaspora students from 40 select countries that have a larger concentration of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs).
In case of NRI candidates, the total monthly income of the family of the candidate should not exceed an amount equivalent to USD 2,250. The candidate is required to furnish a certificate stating so in approved format.
The courses of study under SPDC are available in the following areas:
Engineering / Architecture / Technology.
Humanities / Liberal Arts.
Management BBA / BBM.
Agriculture / Animal Husbandry.
As of now 52 institutions have a memorandum of understanding with the EdCIL (India) Ltd.
Between 2006-07 and 2009-10, 278 candidates have availed the scholarship scheme.
All selected PIO students (barring OCI and PIO card holders) are required to obtain student visas issued by the Indian missions and consulates overseas. Such visas may be obtained by producing the provisional admission offer letter received from EdCIL (India) Ltd or from the institution of proposed study directly.