France Spends Rs 7 Crore on Scholarships for India
Since last year, around 50 scholarships have been awarded to Indian aspirants across various disciplines.
To boost academic ties between France and India, the French government plans to attract 20,000 Indian students by 2025.
Since 2018, France has offered nearly 50 scholarships to various Indian students under the Franco-Indian Education Trust, which was created by the French Embassy in 2017 and inaugurated in the first-ever Indo-French Knowledge Summit held last year. Currently, France spends 1 million Euros (Rs 7 crore) in more than 200 scholarships for Indian aspirants.
In the 2018 summit, an MoU on the mutual recognition of academic qualifications in non-professional degrees was signed between India and France. It has helped France reach closer to its target of welcoming 10,000 Indian aspirants by 2020 - expected to be touched this year itself. It served the purpose of drawing up a roadmap for the Indo-French cooperation in the years ahead.
Aimed at strengthening the academic ties and partnerships between both the countries, the second edition of Indo-French Knowledge Summit is currently underway at the University de Lyon in France, and will continue till October 18, 2019. It has been organised by the Embassy of France in India, in association with University de Lyon and Emlyon Business School, and the Ministry of Science and Technology, France and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), India.
"This Indo-French gathering highlights the network of establishments that drive academic, scientific and innovative cooperation between our two countries. In the presence of prestigious guests, the two-day debates will focus on the larger challenges of tomorrow: renewable energy, smart cities, artificial intelligence and many more - all subjects for which the international cooperation is indispensable today," said Khaled Bouabdallah, president, University de Lyon.
Over 300 participants from the French and Indian academia, competitive clusters and start-ups, corporate houses, research organisations and public authorities are likely to attend the summit. The event comprises interactive sessions, allowing participants to deepen scientific and academic cooperation between the two countries and launch concrete initiatives in areas such as aerospace, renewable energy, AI and Math, agriculture and food processing, marine sciences, etc.
Nearly 15 agreements are expected to be signed between France and India at the 2019 summit.
"After the success of the first edition in India, we are delighted to see the second edition of the Knowledge Summit take place in France. It is an essential step to develop and structure our collaborations in education and research, stimulate connections between research and industry, and encourage the mobility of students and scholars. These matters are a fundamental aspect of our partnership with India," said Emmanuel Lenain, ambassador of France to India.
there are over 550 academic partnerships recognised by the Embassy of France in
India, which include 150 Indian and 120 French institutions.