Scholarship for Admissions of NRI, PIO Students in Indian Engineering Colleges
Scholarships are a way of encouraging students to pursue educational courses. They act as an incentive for their extraordinary performance in studies. To encourage such students, the government of India encourages students from abroad to pursue undergraduate Engineering courses in premier Indian universities like IITs NITs IIITs, CFIs, SPAs & a many more. This article elaborates the various types of scholarships that the students belonging to NRI, PIO, OCI & FN (Nepal) categories benefit from (whether SAARC or Non-SAARC country).
Here they are:
Scholarships for admissions of NRI, PIO, OCI & Nepali Students in various Institutes:
Scholarship programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC):
- Ministry of overseas Indian affairs, the government of India, took an initiative to provide scholarship for children of persons of Indian origin (POI) and Non-resident Indian (NRI) to help them with Undergraduate studies in India. A nodal agency called as edCIL (India) Limited, a government of India enterprise has been designated for awarding the scholarships to rightful students admitted in professional and non-professional courses.
- A total of 150 scholarships are provided each year with 50 scholarships earmarked for students of Children of an Indian worker in ECR. For the award of scholarship, an eligibility criterion of minimum 60% marks in 10+2 is required by the students and atleast three years of a study done in foreign countries. Further, the total monthly income for the NRI candidate’s family should be less than US $2250 and has to be verified by producing a certificate of the same. There is no income limit for candidates belonging to the POI category. The edCIL shall draw the merit list according to the criteria fulfilled and educational performance of the candidate.
- The scholarship covers students from 66 countries and annually 150 students are provided with the scholarship assistance.
Assistance: For the first year a maximum of US$ 4000 is awarded for the candidates admitted to universities under the DASA scheme. From the second year, the scholarships are awarded based on the academic performance of the candidate in the university. Approximately 800 candidates have been awarded the merit scholarship since the inception of this programme from the year 2006-2007 & the number keeps growing.
Reservation for children of workers in Gulf (CIWG):
- 5% of the 15% seats under NRI quota (DASA Scheme) are reserved for the Children of India Workers in Gulf countries, hence CIWG, i.e., 1/3rd of seats reserved by DASA is for CIWG Quota.
- Countries covered under the CIWG Scheme includes Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, SaudiArabia and the United Arab Emirates.
- NRI, PIO, OCI Students applying for admissions under CIWG have to pay a much less amount of fees, unlike any other NRI student applying under DASA Scheme. So, the reduced fee for the entire UG Course (4 to 5 years) under the CIWG quota acts like a scholarship for the NRI, PIO, OCI Students from these middle east/ Gulf countries.
SAARC fellowship scheme:
- The SAARC scholarship scheme is offered to commemorate the relations between the participating countries in the SAARC union.
- Under this scheme, a total of 14 scholarships are allotted to the students from these countries for pursuing undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses in premier institutes of India. Hence, foreign candidates (from SAARC countries) also get a chance to win this scholarship.
- The countries belonging to this union are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
- Out of the 14 scholarships, each member countries are offered two slots for students.
- Also, under DASA Scheme, the NRI/ PIO/ OCI Students from SAARC countries are given 50% concession on fees for their entire U.G. Course at NITs, IIITs, SPAs & CFIs. This, again, acts as a scholarship.
The silver jubilee scholarship scheme:
- This scholarship is jointly provided by the embassy of India and Kathmandu (Nepal) & are awarded for various courses.
- Students who wish to pursue undergraduate courses under GSS scheme and postgraduate courses under the SJSS scheme can use the opportunity to enroll into engineering courses in Indian universities.
- Around 3000 seats are provided by the government of India in coordination with the embassy of Nepal for students to pursue undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and other science courses.
- Around 220 seats are provided for students who wish to pursue B.Tech under complex Nepal scholarship scheme.
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