Attention of all Indian associations/Indian schools in Kuwait is once again drawn to Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) which was introduced by Government of India in the academic year 2006-2007 with the objective to make higher education in India accessible to the children of overseas Indians and promote India as a centre for higher studies.
2. Under the scheme, 100 PIO/NRI students were awarded scholarship of up to US$ 4,000 per annum for undergraduate courses in Engineering, Technology, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Commerce, Management, Journalism, Hotel Management, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and some other courses.
3. The scheme is open to NRIs/PIOs from over 40 countries (including Kuwait) having substantial Indian Diaspora population.
4. The Scheme was revamped and launched in July 2016. Under the revamped Scheme, number of scholarships has been enhanced from 100 to 150 with introduction of 50 scholarships for children of Indian workers employed in the Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries. The Scheme is now applicable to four categories of applicants:
(i) Persons of Indian Origin
(ii) Non-Resident Indians
(iii) Children of Indian workers working in ECR countries (including Kuwait).
(iv) Children of Indian workers in ECR countries – studying in India
5. The institutions that are covered under this Scheme are:
(i) NITs, IIITs, Schools of Planning and Architecture
(ii) “A” Grade institutions accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and recognised by University Grants Commission (UGC).
(iii) Other institutions covered under Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) scheme.
6. Income criteria will be applicable to all four categories. Applicants will seek scholarships after they obtain admission in the approved list of educational institutions.
7. Applications are required to be submitted online at SPDC portal - http://spdcindia.gov.in/login/index.php. Last date for submission of applications has been extended till 14 October, 2016. Nodal officer for SPDC is Shri P. Bharadwaj, Deputy Secretary (OIA-II), Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, Tel: 00-91-11-24197952, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org