Shastri Programme Development Grant (SPDG)

Programme is currently closed for this year.

The Shastri Programme Development Grant (SPDG) is devised in order to encourage scholarly and professional academic activities with a view to contributing to the expansion of knowledge about India or Canada at Indian/Canadian universities that are member of the Shastri Institute. Among the activities included for grant consideration are conferences, symposia, workshops, lecture series and theme based orientation programmes via e-platform for students of CMC/IMC to familiarize them with India and Canada are specially encouraged to apply. For more details, kindly refer COVID-19 policy of the Institute.

A tripod arrangement involving two or more institutions for CMC/IMC and Shastri Institutions will be considered favourably to promote collaboration of students and facultybetween two countries. Applications are especially encouraged for innovative ideas and activities encompassing different pedagogy involving youth of India and Canada that is likely to promote or expand knowledge about India or Canada. Please note that for purposes of all SICI granting programmes, ‘research’ shall be deemed to include creative activity conducted within the structures and programs of a member institution. Applications are also invited for the part grant involving other funding agencies. A joint application from institutions of Indian Member Council or Canadian Member Council or even collaborated proposals involving one Indian and one Canadian member institution is also encouraged.  

Applications for grants covering the financial year April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 MUST BE RECEIVED BY August 17, 2020 by 5:00 pm (IST). Applications will be considered in accordance with the procedures, guidelines and conditions described below. Applications under this grant programme may be made by universities interested in the development or expansion of programmes on India or Canada. Proposals can be developed pertaining to all domains of knowledge/subjects under this grant. Applications for long-term programme development proposals spanning more than one year are also encouraged, although they must be resubmitted annually for funding for each subsequent year. However, there is no guarantee to sustain all funding as the programme is competitive.

I. Eligibility

Full time faculty from Member institutions of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute can apply for the grant.

II. Terms and Conditions

The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute will provide funds to help meet expenses for the period of time for which a grant is sought (not exceeding the date mentioned in the announcement) in accordance with the following conditions:
a) Grants are provided only to help defray direct costs related to professional activities initiated by the institution, e-brochures and pamphlets, internet charges, telecommunication bills, e-promotion, office-related charges etc during the activity. No provision is made for stipends and overhead costs to the Institution including capital expenditures. Contractual or commissioned activities do not qualify for support.
b) Payment will be made in a lump sum after receiving of requisite documents.

III. Application Requirements

The Programme Director must complete the enclosed application form and send it to the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute in New Delhi (SICI) with a covering letter.

a. A concise proposal which will describe the event/programme/project/activity by:

i) identifying the main activities (India /Canada centric) to be undertaken by the institution under the proposed plan;

ii) indicating clearly both the nature and the scope of the programme’s expected contribution to the advancement of knowledge on India /Canada at the institution; and

iii)presenting a complete schedule of activities including names of all participants, wherever possible;

iv) Noting topics and sub-topics wherever possible depending on the kind of activity proposed.

b. A detailed budget including funding from other sources, particularly from the institution itself and from the other sources, if applicable, and itemizing all activities to be undertaken together with activity-specific cost estimates.

c. The curricula vitae of Programme Director who, will play a major role in the Programme at the university/institution including details, if any, of Indian/Canadian courses taught or any other activity undertaken in the current and immediately preceding year, with teaching and research Programmes highlighted. The background of the resource persons should be consistent with the topic/name of the programme. 

d. Involvement of students & research scholars in the proposed SPDG activity should be highlighted. Activities other than academic events including engaging youth into development, or other initiatives to enhance interest in India/Canada like exploring India/Canada courses, know India/Canada orientation programmes, subject specific exchange of young scholars led by a faculty are also encouraged.

e.  A letter from the appropriate university authority indicating institutional agreement to the proposed programme.


  • Applicants are encouraged to diversify their topics, and take up new contemporary themes. A multi-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary approach is encouraged.
  • The proposed activity be organized via online platform like Skype, Webinar or video conferencingby March 31, 2021 and sufficient notice must be given prior to the event to enable maximum participation from scholars and students as well as from the Shastri Institute. The Universities and institutions are encouraged to consult SICI, to establish a calendar of events so as to avoid overlapping activities and ensuring the spread of activities throughout the year.Shastri Institute may request you to alter your date of event (only for the academic activity like conference/seminar/workshop etc.) if there is any date clash with the institute’s activity.


Specify all sources of revenue applicable, including the SPDG and contribution of your institution.  Also provide a detailed specification of expenditure items.

Code of Ethics:

Please be advised to follow ‘Policy on Academic Integrity and Code of Ethics (PAICE)’ governing the programmes administered by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.


Up to 1, 00,000 INR (1 lakh) -- 3, 00000 INR (3 lakh) depending on the nature of the Programme/ Activity proposed. (Insofar as not provided by the applicant’s home institution, expenses related to subscription of online meeting software, telephone bills, and internet connection will be considered, if any.)

Disbursement of Funds: The first installment of the grant will be 85% of total amount and the same will be disbursed upon signing of letter of agreement between SICI and recipient. The holdback amount of 15% will be released upon submission of final report and utilization certificate/bill from the institute of SPDG awardee.  

Application Forms: Apply online at GMS portal

Reporting: Applicable to successful applicant only.Upload final reports in prescribed format at

Final Report Format:  Form

Employer Endorsement:  Form 

Application Deadline: August 17, 2020 by 5:00 pm (IST).

Contact Address:

Ms. Reshma Rana Verma

Programme Officer (SPDG)
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI)
5 Bhai Vir Singh Marg
New Delhi 110001 INDIA
Call us at: 011 – 2374 6417; 2374 3114; & 2374 2677

Important Note:

  1. All the Grants/Fellowships will be subject to receipt of funds from MHRD, Govt. of India.
  2. * Shastri Institute reserves the right to change fellowship amount and number of awards.
  3. Plagiarism will lead to disqualification. 
  4. Incomplete applications will not be entertained.
  5. Project grant will be transferred in the bank account of the Institution/university of the applicant.
  6. The maximum limit to upload individual file on GMS Portal is 1 MB. Kindly compress your files if exceeding 1MB size. All files to be submitted/uploaded must be of .pdf file extension (jpeg/jpg etc. are not allowed).
  7. Canvassing in any form will result in disqualification.
  8. The decision of Adjudicators with respect to awards will be considered as final decision.

View Sample Proposal Here :