Scholarship program for Indian expats

Updated 24 April 2013
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Scholarship program for Indian expats

Nearly 100 scholarships are being offered to children of Indian expatriates for undergraduate courses in several disciplines. These include engineering, architecture, technology, humanities, liberal arts, commerce, management (BBA/BBM), journalism, hotel management, agriculture/animal husbandry, science, law, etc.
Launched in 2006-2007, these schemes are available under the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs scheme called the Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children.
The program is open only to persons of Indian origin (PIOs) and non-resident Indians (NRIs) from the specified 40 countries, including Saudi Arabia, having a larger concentration of Indian expatriates. Some of the highlights of the scholarship program include 50 percent of the scholarships are reserved for PIOs. However, in the event of the non-availability of suitable PIO students, the unfilled slots could be assigned to NRI candidates.
NRI candidates are eligible for the grant of the scholarship only if their total family income per month does not exceed an amount equivalent to $ 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 should have passed the qualifying examination abroad.
PIO/NRI students already studying in India on a self-financing basis or under any other arrangement are not eligible under the scheme.
For further details as well as downloadable application forms, the interest NRIs and PIOs can visit at www.moia.gov.in or www.edcilindia.co.in or calling 02-6603779.


Government initiative provides support for entrepreneurial families

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, deputy governor of Makkah region, patronize the signing of agreements to enable productive families to benefit from school canteens. (SPA)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Government initiative provides support for entrepreneurial families

JEDDAH: Saudi authorities are making all-out efforts to facilitate productive families by introducing different programs and offering them various incentives.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Deputy Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz on Monday patronized the signing of agreements between the Education Ministry and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development within an initiative led by the Integration Development Center that helps enable Saudi productive families to benefit from school canteens.

The initiative targets more than 480 families from different governorates in the region to work in the “families” initiative, following the success of the first and second phases in Jeddah, Rabigh, Al-Lith and Adham.

The agreements provide for the preparation and training of families through intensive training courses in marketing programs and business administration, and creating a productive and healthy working environment for the education sector in Makkah. 

The initiative serves productive families in all parts of the Makkah region, enabling the most needy groups to participate effectively and fully integrate into society. In addition to creating job opportunities for citizens by enabling them to invest in the field of school canteens through operating them or by marketing their products to become permanent food outlets.