2013/2014 Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children in India

Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs

Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) is a well known programme launched by MOIA, Government of India for Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs). Total 100 scholarships are awarded for pursuing undergraduate studies in Professional and Non-Professional courses (except Medical and related courses) in India. Assistance provided under comprises of financial assistance, primarily towards tuition fee, admission fee and post admission services. 

About Scholarship: The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA), Government of India, launched a scheme called MINISTRY OF OVERSEAS INDIAN AFFAIRS,“Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children” (SPDC), in the academic year 2006-2007, for the wards of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to assist them in pursuing Under Graduate University Education in India. EdCIL (India) Limited, a Government of India Enterprise, has been designated as the “Nodal Agency” for implementation of the SPDC. This Information Booklet details the procedure for admission into designated institutions and courses and the award of scholarship, for the academic year 2013-2014. The SPDC is applicable to undergraduate studies in Professional and Non-Professional courses (except Medical and related courses). Assistance provided under comprises of financial assistance, primarily towards tuition fee, admission fee and post admission services. The scheme is applicable to Indian Diaspora from 40 select countries, having larger concentration of Persons of Indian origin. 

Study: The courses of study are available in the following areas: Engineering/Architecture/Technology, Humanities/ Liberal Arts, Commerce, Management: BBA/BBM, Computers: BCA, Journalism, Hotel Management, Agriculture/Animal Husbandry, Sciences, Law and Ayurveda etc.

Course Level: The SPDC is applicable to undergraduate studies in Professional and Non-Professional courses (except Medical and related courses).

Scholarship By: The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA), Government of India

Location: India 

Eligibility: -Date of Birth: The SPDC is open for applicants in the age group of 17 to 21 years as on 1st October 2013. In other words, applicants born on or after 1st October,1992 and before 1st October, 1996 are eligible to apply for it. Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/University Certificate of Class 10th or equivalent, or as mentioned in a certificate for this purpose issued by appropriate Government authorities of respective countries will be taken as authentic for this purpose.

-Residence: Applicants must be (i) a Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and a citizen of a country listed or (ii) an Indian Nation al studying abroad. The Indian Nationals must have had at least 3 (three) years of education in foreign countries listed during the last 6 (six) years and must have passed the qualifying examination inclusive of 11th and 12th standard or equivalent (not beyond), from countries listed.

-Academic Qualification: Applicants must possess the following academic qualification:

Qualifying Examination: The candidate must have passed the Senior Secondary (10+2) or equivalent examination from a system of education recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), with requisite subjects.

Minimum Marks in qualifying Examination: The candidate must have secured a minimum of 60% aggregate marks or equivalent grades in aggregate of all the subjects in the qualifying examination.

Subjects of Study in Qualifying Examination: The candidate must have studied the prescribed essential subjects at the qualifying examination level to pursue a particular course of study.

-Applicants/candidates who have passed the qualifying examination or will be appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2013 can also apply, if they are otherwise eligible. Such candidates will, however, be admitted only if they are able to produce all the required testimonials to EdCIL (India) Limited, latest by 10th June, 2013 and have, otherwise, been selected based on their performance in the qualifying examination.

-It shall be the responsibility of the candidates to ascertain whether they meet all the requisite criterion for admission. Eligibility of candidates, in doubtful cases, would be decided by EdCIL (India) Limited in consultation with the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA).

-Means Criteria: In case of only NRI candidates, the total monthly income of the family of the candidate should not exceed an amount equivalent to US Dollars two thousand two hundred fifty (US$ 2250). The candidate would have to provide a certificate to this effect in the given format which should be duly countersigned by the Parent/Guardian, as applicable. There is no income limit to the PIO candidates. 

Scholarship Open for: Persons of Indian Origin (Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) shall mean the Persons who are citizens of other countries (except Pakistan and Bangladesh) who at any time held an Indian Passport, or who or either of his/her parent or any of his/her grandparent was a citizen of India) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) can apply for these scholarships. 

Number of awards: Scholarship shall be provided to100 selected students as per the following distribution: Non-Resident Indians- (NRIs) – 50 (Fifty) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 50 (Fifty). [In case of non-availability of suitable PIO candidates, the unfilled slots could be offered to NRI candidates and vice -versa]. 

Duration: These scholarships are offered for the whole duration of the programme. 

Value: In the First Year: Partial financial assistance to the extent of 75% of the total Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) subject to a maximum of US $ Four Thousand (US$ 4,000) per annum in respect of NITs and other institutions covered under DASA Scheme with effect from the academic year 2011-2012 and where there is no increase in tuition fees for the academic year 2011-2012, the existing limit of 75% of IEC or US$ 3600, whichever is less would continue and could be made by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India to the applicants selected for the SPDC. IEC includes Tuition fee, Hostel fee & other institutional charges. (Food charges are excluded).

(b) For Second and Subsequent Years: The parameters for continuation of scholarship to selected applicants for the second and subsequent years of study are as follows:

(i) Students securing 50% marks in aggregate in an academic year with clear pass marks in all subjects of study, would be eligible to receive the maximum admissible scholarship i.e. 75% of IEC or US$ Four Thousand only (US$ 4,000), whichever is less, in the following year of study.

(ii) Students who secure less than 50% marks in aggregate in an academic year and have obtained clear pass marks in all subjects of study, would be eligible to receive 90 % of the scholarship admissible under paragraph 7(b)(i) above, in the following year of study.

(iii) Student who could not 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% of the scholarship admissible under paragraph 7(b)(i) above in the following year of study.

(iv)Students who have not been promoted to the next academic year would not be eligible for grant of any further scholarship. 

Selection Criteria: Short-listing and selection process will be based on the performance of the candidate in the qualifying examination which decides the eligibility to apply for the Scholarship Scheme. The candidates selected, on the basis of

(i) Their performance in the qualifying examination and

(ii) Fulfillment of the eligibility criterion may be admitted to the scholarship scheme and shall thereupon be eligible for assistance as per the scheme.

Notification: List of short-listed candidates will be posted on the website and the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs website and EdCIL (India) Ltd website and on website on 30th June 2013. 

Apply: Applications should be sent by post. Eligible candidates who have passed/appearing for the qualifying examination in 2013 can also apply by submitting the completed Application Form and other documents (except for the results of qualifying examination). However, these candidates are required to submit the authenticated transcripts of all marks/grades secured in the qualifying examination, so as to reach EdCIL (India) Ltd latest by10th June 2013. The applications of candidate who fail to submit their results, for any reason whatsoever, by the prescribed date, shall be liable to rejection without any notice. The following documents/transcripts/certificates have to be attached with the application:

-The authenticated transcripts of all marks/grades secured in the qualifying examination should be attached with the application form. The mark sheets downloaded from Internet can also be submitted along with details of Roll No. allotted for appearing in the qualifying examination, name of Examining Board and the URL of the Examining Board’s Website from which it has been downloaded, for advance information.

- In the case of Indian Nationals, the qualifying examination 10+2 or equivalent (inclusive of 11th and 12th standard) should have been passed from any country listed only. Documentary evidence must be enclosed with the application. -In the case of PIOs, documentary evidence of PIO/OCI Status must be enclosed with the application.

-The marks obtained by the candidates in improvement/compartment examination shall not be considered.

Incomplete/illegible applications in any respect would be summarily rejected without any communication to the candidates.

-Self attested certification for family income should also be enclosed. 

Deadline: Last date for receipt of completed application form at EdCIL office in Noida is 10th June 2013.

Further Information: http://moia.gov.in/writereaddata/pdf/gui_app_spdc_2013_14.pdf