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Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children for the academic year 2018-19

Government of India is implementing a scheme called “Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children [SPDC]” since 2006-07. Under this scheme, assistance is provided to the Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indian (NRIs) for pursuing Undergraduate courses in Indian Universities/Institutes.

2. Under this scheme 150 scholarships are granted and 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.

3. Eligibility Criteria : 

(I) Nationality :

Children of Persons of Indian Origin

Children of non-Resident Indian

Children of Indian workers working in ECR countries studying outside India

Children of Indian workers in ECR countries – studying in India

(II) Age : SPDC is open to applicants in the age group of 17 to 21 years as on 01st October 2018. Applicants born on or after 01st October 1997 and before 01st October 2001 are eligible to apply.

(III) Academic Qualification : Applicant must have passed Advanced Level or equivalent with minimum 60% aggregate marks or equivalent grades in aggregate of all the subjects in the qualifying examination. The candidate must have studied the prescribed essential subjects at the qualifying examination level to pursue a particular course of study.

4. For further details, please see latest SPDC guidelines available at following links:

(i) SPDC website : http://spdcindia.gov.in/login/guideline.php , or

(ii) AHCI, Kandy website : http://ahcikandy.org/pdf/Guidelines18-19.pdf

5. The online portal for the scheme is www.spdcindia.gov.in and the eligible candidates can submit their applications on the portal by 30 September 2018.

6. For any queries in this regard, please email us at ice.kandy@mea.gov.in; or call us on 081-2222652/ 2223786.


Assistant High Commission of India



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