Atal Bihari Vajpeyee General Scholarship Scheme
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Atal Bihari Vajpeyee General Scholarship Scheme

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Scholarships offered under Atal Bihari Vajpeyee General Scholarship Scheme (A12O1) [formerly: General Scholarship Scheme(A1201] for the AY 2024-25

ICCR announced ONE (01) slot for Lebanon out of 613 scholarship slots under Atal Bihari Vajpeyee General Scholarship Scheme (A12O1) [formerly: General Scholarship Scheme(A1201)] at Indian Universities / Institutes in the academic year 2024-25. Earlier the applications were invited directly on ICCR’s A2A Scholarship portal , however, with the inception of new “Study In India” portal (where all foreign students coming to India to pursue various courses needs to register mandatorily) the process for admissions for the AY 2024-25 might get transformed and the same will be intimated in due course of time.

The Scholarship Portal will be operational from 20th February, 2024 for foreign students to apply for admission.

The last date of submission of applications on Portal by the interested students will be 30th April, 2024.

Last date of Universities to inform the decision (if confirmed, intimation to the Embassy. If rejected, intimation to the students) will be 31 May, 2024

Last Date for allocating scholarship and generating Offer Letters by Indian Mission abroad- 30th June, 2024

Last date of acceptance by students- 15 July, 2024

Based on the number of acceptances in the first round (if acceptanc4es are less than the scholarship seats allocated) Indian Mission to offer scholarship to other students who were not considered in the first round – 22 July, 2024

Second-round students to convey their acceptance.- 30 July, 2024

Applicants will have the option to apply to 5 Universities / Institutes in the order of their preference of study. The admission, as far as possible, shall be given as per applicant's preference. However, there may be a situation when students do not get admission in their preferred Universities/Institutes due to limited number of seats on offer. Students should therefore be prepared to receive admission from any of their five preferences.



Since last AY 2023-24, a 500-word essay in English has been introduced to ascertain English Proficiency. Besides, students can also submit their TOFEL/ IELTS etc. Standardised Test scores, if available. ICCR is also requesting Universities/Institutes to conduct interview of applicants online, if so required.

Rejected candidates will be intimated by Universities

Interested students are advised to visit university / institute website and do thorough research of courses offered, eligibility criteria and general information about the university / institute before applying for admission

The students should ensure that they are eligible for the course and meet the eligibility criteria and should submit relevant documentation as required by the Universities in addition to the basic certificates mentioned in the application form. They should always refer to the Universities Handbook / University Grants Commission's website and the concerned university / institutes's website for eligibility criteria etc. Applicants may need to apply for equivalence certificates from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) at the link and bear the fees incurred on obtaining the certificate at own expense (non-reimbursable). For any further details on equivalence certificate, students may contact AIU (+911123230059/23231097/23232305 Ext. 210, 234,252, Email: studentinfo[at]aiu[dot]ac[dot]in, ds_international[at]aiu[dot]ac[dot]in, evaluation[at]aiu[dot]ac[dot]in

The scholarship slot include return economy class air-fares to the nearest airport and 03rd AC Train fare to the place of study, if so required.

ICCR has introduced disbursement of all scholarship payment to students through PFMS as per Government of India guidelines on direct payment to beneficiaries.

It may be noted that for BE / B. Tech courses, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) are compulsory in 11 and 12 grades of schooling and it is a mandatory requirement for Engineering courses. In Biology-based science subjects, students should have studied Biology, Physics and Chemistry in high school. Mark sheets for each i.e., level 10 and 10+2 level of school be uploaded along with the transcripts in English.

The application will not be considered without English translation of documents if the original documents are not in English. It may also be noted that incomplete application will be summarily rejected by universities if documents are not in English or English translation is not provided. Students are advised to thoroughly check their applications and attach requisite documents before submission of the application.

For admission in Under Graduate (UG) level courses, it is compulsory to have 10+2 I.e. 12 years of schooling.

2. Age : Applicants should have attained a minimum age of 18 years at the time of admission in Indian Universities / Institutes and not more than 40 years of age and for Ph.D. Courses 50 years maximum.

3. The Council does not arrange admission in Medical/ Paramedical (Nursing / Physiotherapy / Anaesthesia etc.) / Fashion /LAW courses/integrated courses such as BALLB (5 years)/BSc & MSc (5 years).

4. Incidental charges : Please note that for science courses/ the expenditure on laboratory chemicals and other related incidental charges will be borne by the scholars themselves.

5. Medical Insurance : Compulsory Personal Medical Insurance is a mandatory requirement for availing of ICCR's scholarship. It is compulsory for all ICCR scholarship students to procure Medical Insurance policy with minimum sum assured for Indian Rupees 5,00,000/- (Indian Rs. Five Lakhs) per annum. Applicants are advised that to ensure, they must have medical insurance coverage on their own either before travel or immediately after reaching India, whatever is convenient to students. Students can purchase medical insurance from any of the insurance companies of their choice. However to facilitate students, the two insurance companies for referral purpose as given below:

M/s Raheja QBE General Insurance Company Limited Name of Nodal Officer: Dr. Ketan Gawde

Mobile No. :+91-8419925839

Email: amit[dot]wakekar[at]rahejaqbe[dot]com

Policy buy link:

M/s Royal Sundaram General Insurance Co. Limited Name of Nodal Officer: Shri Ramesh Gopalakrishnan/Dinakar BysaniMobile No: +919884277886/+918826265058

Email: ramesh[dot]gopalakrishnan[at]royalsundaram[dot]in/ dinakar[dot]bysani[at]royalsundaram[dot]inWebsite:

Applicants are advised to be aware of the change in medical insurance policy.

6. Familiarization with India : It is essential for the applicants to have a realistic assessment of India, and of the living conditions in the country's educational institutions. ICCR may amend some provisions of scholarships from time to time and it is incumbent on students to accept the revised norms.

7. Accommodation and Security : ICCR advises students to stay in hostel, if available. However, students are allowed to stay in private accommodation if the concerned institute does not insist on staying in their hostel.

8. To automate the entire manual work process of ICCR’s scholarship, “Gyan Setu-connecting Culture through Knowledge” has been launched. Students are directed to report their arrival on the Gyan-Setu web application on an immediate basis. Students are required to coordinate with their respective University/Institute regarding updation of their details such as joining report on the app.

9. Submission & Verification of Documents/Confirmation of Admission:- To submit the original documents and verify the details mentioned in the Portal during the admission process with their original documents including Passport, previous degree certificates, country’s unique identification number, in order to confirm the admission of students and get the Hotel Accommodation as soon as the admission is confirmed. Please Note the details entered in the Portal, if in case, does match with the original documents, the admission of the said student be termed as CANCELLED.

10. Undertaking: All students departing to India for ICCR Scholarships must submit an undertaking in the given Proforma that they have understood the “Guidelines for International students under ICCR Scholarships”




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