“We Want More Indian Students in France,” Minister Vidal Says

“We want more Indian students in France and more French students in India,” said French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation Mrs Frédérique Vidal at the inauguration of the Knowledge Summit 2 in Lyon from 17-18, October, 2019. The event was inaugurated by Mrs Frédérique Vidal, in the presence of H. E. Mr. Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador of India to France. The minister reiterated her full support for the development of French partnerships through academic mobility and joint research programmes. She insisted on a few key areas including Artificial Intelligence and Marine Sciences, two topics underlined in the India-France Joint Statement issued during the visit of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi to France on 22-23 August 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.

The plenaries led to parallel round table sessions on the execution of concrete bilateral projects in key priority areas: Smart cities: Electric Mobility & Transport; Smart Cities: Urban Planning & Architecture; Aeronautics & Space; Agriculture & Food Processing; Eco-Energy & Renewable Energy; Artificial Intelligence & Mathematics; Valorisation of Natural Resources from Plants; Marine Sciences; Strengthening Employability & Entrepreneurship.

The second edition of the Indo-French Knowledge Summit dedicated to Higher Education, Research and Innovation was held 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.