Knowledge Summit 2

Knowledge Summit 2

The 2nd edition of the Indo-French Knowledge Summit dedicated to Higher Education, Research and Innovation took place in October 2019 at the Université de Lyon in France. The Summit was organised by the Embassy of France in India, in partnership with the Université de Lyon, Campus France and emlyon business school, on the French side, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on the Indian side. The event was inaugurated by Mrs Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of France in presence of H. E. Mr. Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador of India to France.

Knowledge Summit 2.0 Grand Amphi de Lyon – 17 Octobre 2019

The first edition of Knowledge Summit was held in March 2018. It was organized on the occasion of the State visit of the President of the Republic in India and inaugurated by Mrs. Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation which helped to establish the roadmap for Franco-Indian cooperation for the coming years, in partnership with companies.

The second edition of Knowledge Summit was held in Lyon on 17 and 18 October, 2019 and the 3rd one is expected to take place in Pune in March, 2021.

The objective of the Knowledge Summit is be to strengthen the French-Indian network of motor establishments in academic and scientific cooperation. It involves a series of interactive sessions, allowing participants to deepen scientific and academic cooperation between our two countries and launch concrete initiatives in priority areas such as:

  • Smart cities: Electric Mobility & Transport
  • Smart Cities: Urban Planning & Architecture
  • Aeronautics & Space
  • Agriculture & Food Processing
  • Eco – Energy & Renewable Energy
  • Artificial Intelligence, Big Data & Mathematics
  • Valorisation of Natural Resources from Plants
  • Marine Sciences
  • Strengthening Employability & Entrepreneurship

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Knowledge Summit 2 participants at Marine Sciences thematic visit in Brest, France

Thematic visits took place prior to the Knowledge Summit 2 in Lyon in various cities and on a variety of themes.

Knowledge Summit 2.0 Grand Amphi de Lyon – 17 Octobre 2019

Creation of an Indo French Alliance of Higher Education Institutions

This MoU is the first of its kind and its spectrum because it acts the creation of a consortium of Indian and French institutions. It is starting with 9 members 5 French and 4 Indian. It will operate with an executive board, an general secretary and operates on its own budget from fees from the members. It will finance exchange program, scholarships and seminars


French Signatories

IMT Albi Mines
INP Toulouse

Polytech Nantes
Polytech Orleans




Indian Signatories


Mody University

Jaipuria Institute of Management





MoU between Dassault Skill Academy – College of Engineering Pune 

Dassault Aviation through the Dassault Skill Academy is entering into a long term partnership with the College of Engineering of Pune, with the launch of a first “Network of Excellence” on “Aeronautical integrated design, from engineering to maintenance”. The “Curriculum of Excellence” that will be implemented will prepare students to the aeronautical challenges of India, with a “French touch” acquired through academic semesters at Dassault Aviation academic partners in France such as ISAE-ENSMA and ESTIA and internships at Dassault Aviation.


French Signatory

Dassault Skill Academy


Indian Signatory

College of Engineering Pune 




MoU between SPA Delhi – ENSA Paris Belleville

Exchange of information; conduct cultural projects; collaborative research including joint surveys, fieldwork, analysis, publications; conduct study tours


French Signatory

ENSA Paris Belleville


Indian Signatory

SPA Delhi



MoU between University of Calcutta – Institut of Planetology and Astrophysics from Grenoble (IPAG)

This MoU is about Collaborative Research; Faculty and Student Mobility; Sharing of Scientific Information and other type of Academic Collaborations


French Signatory

French : Institut de Planetologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG)


Indian Signatory

Indian:  University of Calcutta




MoU between International School of Engineering (INSOFE) et Rennes School of Business

This MoU aims to Develop joined degree programmes and acts the creation of the Lab for Artificial Intelligence Solutions in Education Business (LAISEB)


French Signatory

Rennes School of Business


Indian Signatory

International School of Engineering (INSOFE)




MoU between Réseau Figure- Bits Pilani

This MoU is one of 3 MoUs the Réseau Figure has signed with Indian institutions (VIT, MAHE). It deals with mobility of students for internship in laboratories at the level of Master of Engineering for French students and Bachelors and Master for Indian students


French Signatory

Réseau Figure


Indian Signatory

Indian:  Bits Pilani




MoU between VJTI Mumbai and IMT Atlantique

This MoU aims for exchange of researchers, students and scientific and technological information

As well as the promotion of Joint research projects


French Signatory

IMT Atlantique


Indian Signatory

VJTI Mumbai



MoU between ISAE-ENSMA – College of Engineering Pune 

COEP and ISAE-ENSMA have agreed about the following main principles of cooperation:

Academic exchange, short-term and long-term internships for students and postgraduates; scientific cooperation and exchange of experience in new methods of education.


French Signatory



Indian Signatory

College of Engineering Pune 



MoU between IIT Indore- Toulouse INP

Exchange of faculty and research scholars; Implementation of a hybrid online learning model for graduate training; Exchange of materials in education and research, publications and academic information; Joint research and meetings for education and research


French Signatory

Toulouse INP


Indian Signatory

Indian:  IIT Indore



MoU between CEPT Ahmedabad – ENSA Toulouse


French Signatory

ENSA Toulouse


Indian Signatory

CEPT Ahmedabad
















Knowledge Summit 2.0 Grand Amphi de Lyon – 17 Octobre 2019

The first plenary session highlighted the ‘Bienvenue en France’ (Welcome to France) scheme newly introduced by the Government of France in order to welcome more students in France. From 10 000 this year, the new target set by the two governments is for France to welcome 20000 Indian students by 2025.

The second plenary session, dedicated to new models of Franco-Indian partnerships and financial mobilisation highlighted projects such as the one developed by XAVIER EMLYON Business School in Bhubaneswar or the recent agreement for a degree to be jointly delivered by the Université of Paris 1 Sorbonne and the University of Pondicherry. Ten agreements were inked between French and Indian institutions during the summit.


IN PICTURES : Knowledge Summit 2

opening ceremony, signature of agreements & plenaries



parallel sessions (round tables) & closing ceremony