The Government of India has announced a special scholarship programme for the children of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) for pursuing undergraduate professional and general courses in India during the commencement of the 2012-13 academic year.

Field of Study

Scholarships are being offered for Undergraduate courses in disciplines including Engineering / Architecture / Technology, Humanities / Liberal Arts, Commerce, Business Administration, Business Management, Computer App

Scholarship Amount

The scholarship offers 75% of the Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) or US $ 4,000, per annum, whichever is less. IEC includes Tuition fee, Hostel fee and other institutional charges (Food charges are excluded).

NRI candidates would be eligible for the grant of scholarship only if their total family income per month does not exceed an amount equivalent to US $ 2,250. 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 have passed the qualifying examination abroad.

Candidates would be selected on the basis of merit. A Merit List would be drawn up on the basis of marks obtained by all the eligible candidates in STPM or ‘A’ Levels (or equivalent) exam. For more details on drawing of the Merit List, please refer to the ‘SPDC 2012-13 Information Bookle’ at the website of the High Commission of India.

Age: Applicants in the age group of 17 to 21 years as on 1st October 2012 are eligible to apply for SPDC 2012-13 i.e. applicants born on or after 1st October 1991 and before 1st October 1995 are eligible to apply for the year 2012-13.

Academic Qualification: Candidates with 60% aggregate marks or equivalent grades in Higher Secondary (12th standard) or equivalent i.e. STPM, ‘A’ Levels, etc., as recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), are eligible to apply. The candidates must have studied the prescribed essential subjects at the qualifying examination level to pursue a particular course of study.

The SPDC 2012-13 Guidelines and Application Forms can be downloaded from the Education webpage of the High Commission’s website <>. Further information on this SPDC scheme can also be accessed at the website of Ed.CIL <>. The application forms are also available at the Education Wing, High Commission of India, Level 28, Menara 1Mont Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, (Telefax: 03.6143.1192).

The duly filled-in applications should be sent directly to: The Project Manager (SPDC), Placement & Secondment Division, Educational Consultants India Limited (Ed.CIL), Ed.CIL House, No. 18A, Sector-16A, NOIDA-201 301, Uttar Pradesh (UP), India. A photocopy of the application form should also be sent to High Commission of India (Education Wing), Level 28, Menara 1 Mont Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, for record purposes.

The last date for receipt of the application forms by Ed.CIL is 10 June 2012.

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