The following are the highlights of the SPDC-2013-14, which is being announced today;

·        100 scholarships are being offered for undergraduate courses in several disciplines including Engineering/Architecture/Technology, Humanities/Liberal Arts, Commerce, Management – BBA/BBM, Journalism, Hotel Management, Agriculture/Animal Husbandry, Science, Law etc.

·        The programme is open only to PIOs/NRIs from the specified 40 countries having a larger concentration of Indian Diaspora.

·        50 % of the scholarship slots would be reserved of PIOs. However, in the event of the non-availability of suitable PIO candidates, the unfilled slots could be assigned to NRI candidates.

·        NRI candidates would be eligible for the grant of the scholarship only if their total family income per month does not exceed an amount equivalent to US $ 2,250 (US dollars two thousand two hundred and fifty only)

·        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.

·        PIO/NRI Students already studying in India on a self-financing basis or under any other arrangement will not be eligible under this scheme, which is open only for fresh admissions in the first semester/year of undergraduate courses.

·        Candidates would be selected on the basis of their performance in the qualifying examination (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.

·        The amount of scholarship admissible would be 75 % of the total Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) or US $ 4,000 (US dollars four thousand only) per annum, whichever is less. IEC includes Tuition fee, Hostel fee & other institutional charges.

·        Admission may be sought in one of the institutes/colleges/universities given in Appendix ‘C’ of the information booklet.

·   The last date for receipt of duly filled-in application forms in the prescribed format by Ed.CIL is 10th June 2013.

2.      You are requested to give wide publicity to the programme among the Indian Community, especially the PIOs. Hon’ble Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs has specifically desired that the programme may be given wide publicity through the Indian Ethnic Magazines/publications with a view to attract more PIOs.

3.      A copy of the announcement is enclosed as an attachment (PDF Document) to this message being sent by e-mail. It can be downloaded from the MOIA website www.moia.gov.in  or Ed.CIL website www.edcilindia.co.in.

       Guideline and Application_Form for SPDC Scheme 2013-14

       List of 40 Countries