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Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India introduced “Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children”(SPDC) in the academic year 2006-2007 for the children of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)/ children of Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) and Non Resident Indians (NRIs), to assist them in pursuing Undergraduate courses in Indian Universities/Institutes and promote India as a centre of higher studies. The SPDC was subsequently extended to the Children of Indian Workers in Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries (Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen) in 2015- 16. Under the SPDC, financial assistance for under-graduation in India for specific Professional and Non-Professional courses (except Medical and related courses), is provided towards tuition fee, admission fee and post admission charges. Scholarships under the SPDC are granted in the first year of the under-graduate courses and shall not be granted in second and subsequent years of under-graduate courses.

SPDC has been extended to all countries henceforth. Last date for submission of online applications on the SPDC portal for academic year 2022-23 has now been extended till 21 December, 2022. All eligible may apply at: https://www.spdcindia.gov.in/login/index.php

Guidelines for the academic year 2022-23: https://www.spdcindia.gov.in/login/guideline.php

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