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Home India-Viet Nam Relations Scholarships Mekong Ganga Cooperation Scholarship Scheme (MGCSS)
Mekong Ganga Cooperation Scholarship Scheme (MGCSS)
Under the Mekong Ganga Co-operation Scholarship Scheme (MGCSS), the Government of India offers ten (10) scholarships to meritorious nationals from Vietnam for Under Graduate and Post Graduate level (except Ph.D/Doctoral) in the area of contemporary relevance such as IT and vocational training.
 
The nominees are required to have sufficient knowledge of spoken and written English. After receiving the nomination from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Embassy will test the candidates for their English proficiency. Return economy-class air-fare is provided to the students. In case of scholars pursuing Science courses, the expenditure on laboratory chemicals and other related incidental charges will be borne by the scholars themselves.

Guidelines for applicants
1.  Seven complete sets of application forms (properly tagged) to be submitted. Special attention should be given to tagging of sets.
 
2.  Applications should be properly filled and sent with complete supporting documents.
 
3.  Candidates should clearly mention the course and university to which he/she is seeking admission (Candidates can come to the Embassy and consult the “University Handbook”)
4.  Certificate copies of all documents should be accompanied with English translations, a syllabus of qualifying examination should be enclosed with the application.
 
NOTE: Students wishing to study performing arts should enclose Video/Audio cassettes of their recorded performances wherever possible.
 
5.  Candidates should have fluent knowledge of English. The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) would scrutinize applications prior to forwarding them and verify the knowledge of English of the applicant. The Embassy will conduct an English Test after receipt of nominations from MOFA.
 
6. The Embassy is the final authority in forwarding the list of nominations for processing by the Indian Council for Cultural relations (ICCR). The maximum number of nominations sent should not exceed double the number of slots on offer. No request will be entertained for accommodation of self-financing students, against unutilized slots. Priority will be given to students who have never studied in India before. Students who have formerly studied on ICCR Scholarships would be given second preference.
 
7.  No candidate would be nominated for MBBS/BDS and courses related to medicine.
 
8.  Candidates should note that India universities/educational institutions are autonomous and independent and hence have their own eligibility criteria. Forwarding of applications is thus not a guarantee of admission. A scholarship is awarded only when admission is confirmed by ICCR.
 
9.  Embassy would process the appropriate visa only when ICCR communicates confirmed admission for a particular student. Scholars for structured under-graduate and post-graduate courses would be issued Student Visas.
 
10. Before their departure for India, candidates should familiarise themselves about living conditions in India the details of Scholarships, the type and duration of the course to which he/she is admitted.
 
11. ICCR would not entertain a subsequent change in course of study or university once admission of a scholar is confirmed and the scholar has arrived to join the course.
 
12. Hostel accommodation is not guaranteed and is an exception rather than an assured facility.
 
13. Scholars are advised to carry some money to meet incidental expenditure on arrival.
 
14. MOFA would ensure that the student is sufficiently briefed about the terms and conditions of the scholarship.
 
15. All interested candidates must obtain a certificate that they are free from AIDS prior to their departure for India. The applicant would have to go for AIDS test in India before admission. In case any of the applicants is found HIV positive in India, he/she will be repatriated immediately and ICCR would not bear any expenses on this account.
Financial Terms and Conditions
LIVING ALLOWANCE [Stipend per month in Indian Rupees]
Undergraduate  5,500
Postgraduate   6,000
M.Phil / Ph.D   7,000
Post-doctoral Fellow   7,500
HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE (Per Month) 
In Grade 1 cities (link)   5,000
In other cities   4,500
CONTINGENT GRANT (per annum)
Undergraduate   5,000
Postgraduate   7,000
M/Phil / Ph.D 12,500
Post – doctoral studies 15,500
THESIS AND DISSERTATION EXPENSES (Once in entire duration of course)
Ph.D Scholar 10,000
For BBA/BCA/MBA/MCA/M.Tech and other course required submission of Project   7,000
MEDICAL BENEFITS
Under the scheme scholars are expected to seek treatment only at medical centre or dispensary attached to universities / Institutes where they enrolled or in the nearest Government hospital Bill are settled as admissible according to AMA/CGHS norms