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No. Abu/CW/383/12/2013 May 26, 2013

This is to inform that Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs [MOIA] has launched a scheme called the“Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children” (SPDC) – 2013-14 to assist children/wards of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in pursuing under graduate courses in several disciplines in India.

The following are the highlights of the SPDC-2013-14.

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.

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

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’ attached in the Guidelines.

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

The applications and procedures/guidelines can be downloaded either from MOIA website www.moia.gov.in or Ed.CIL website www.edcilindia.co.in and also from Embassy’s website www.uaeindians.org/www.indembassyuae.org. You are kindly requested to give wide publicity among the members of your Association/Centre for availing this opportunity.

Yours faithfully,

(Anand Bardhan)
Counsellor (CA)

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