Director’s Message

Director’s Message

“India and France’s strategic partnership is solid and growing. At the heart of this relationship lies human relations. That is what we will nurture together”

Dear readers, friends,

We wanted to connect with you in this challenging moment facing the world, and more recently India, to express our support to all of you confronting this present situation. It has been a long drawn struggle and notwithstanding the immense toll it has taken on lives, livelihoods, physical and mental wellbeing, we will overcome.

France stands in solidarity with India. As you are aware, the French government and French enterprises have mobilized themselves to help produce oxygen, thanks to a great teamwork between our two countries. At the Institut Français in India, while working from home and doing our best to ensure our staff’s safety, we continue to exchange with our beloved partners and build tomorrow’s initiatives and events.

Act for Equal - Digital LiteracyWe continue to speak about the Generation Equality Forum which will culminate in Paris this summer because gender rights, diversity and inclusivity are the pillars of a healthy and secure future. We will speak about the dynamics of equality through our projects and interventions with schools, through literature and books, through scientific conversations, artistic expression and an audio series.

No movement is feasible without its participants. The Gender Equality initiative is our small effort to contribute towards a larger movement that aims to accelerate the process of a more equal society. Become a part of it.

As a I write, international travel to and from India is impeded. Borders will once again be open and education accessible for mobility and exchange to thrive. We continue to share opportunities in France in higher education – literature, public health, translation and interpretation, launching start-ups, gender studies, video game design and more. Education has been a victim of the virus, but it is only education that has the potential to find solutions. Research must go on. International exchanges must go on.

The French Foreign Minister during his recent visit to India handed over the baton for greater academic exchange between our countries to a batch of 15 France “Alumni Ambassadors”, whose journeys represent stories of triumph. They will, at different moments of their tenure, share their insights, inspire you and enable you discover France.

While staying committed to our cultural, educational and scientific cooperation with India, we stand by you, by India, in these testing hours.

Sending you our thoughts, and with warm regards,

Emmanuel LEBRUN-DAMIENS
Counsellor for Education, Science and Culture, Embassy of France in India
Country Director, French Institute in India

Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens

photo credit: Sabrina Bot