The Indian Embassy in Bahrain highlighted the “Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children” a scheme offered by the Indian government. Nearly 800 candidates were awarded scholarships since its inception. The scholarship scheme is applicable to NRIs and PIOs from 66 countries.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs awards 150 scholarships to children (studying in India) of Persons of Indian Origin/Non-Resident Indians (PIOs/NRIs) and Indian workers working in ECR countries yearly, where the gross monthly income of the parents is not more than $4000.

Under the SPDC, the Indian government would bear 75% of the total Institutional Economic Cost subject to a maximum of $4000, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs. The scholarship amount is for the payment of tuition fee, admission fee and post-admission services.

Scholarship is offered for pursuing courses in Central Universities of India offering Under Graduate Courses, including those pertaining to Information Technology, B.Sc (Nursing) and B.Pharma in Institutions accredited "A” Grade by NAAC; and Institutions covered under DASA Scheme, National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPAs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) etc.

Applications are submitted and processed through a portal spdcindia.gov.in. The scheme is applicable to NRIs and PIOs from 66 countries.

About the Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children

Government of India launched this scheme in the academic year 2006-2007, for the wards of Persons of PIOs and NRIs to assist them in pursuing Under Graduate courses in Indian Universities/Institutes and promote India as a centre for higher studies.

Under SPDC scheme 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.