The Baroda branch of Alliance française d’Ahmedabad started in Baroda in the year 2003 as an annex of Alliance française d’Ahmedabad. Today after 16 years, it was inagugrated in its new premises in Nizampura, Baroda. The ceremony took place in presence of the Sovereignty of Gujarat: Her Highness Rajmata Saheb, Shubhangini Devi of Baroda, His Highness, the Maharaja of Rajpipla, Shri Raghubir Singh Gohil and Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil. They were welcomed at the inauguration ceremony by the Counsellor for Education, Science and Culture of the Embassy of France in India and IFI Director, Dr. Bertrand de Hartingh and Gaël de Kerguenec, Director of the Alliance française d’Ahmedabad.
Alliance Française is an international institute that aims to promote French language and culture across the globe. AF was first created in Paris on 21 July 1883 by a group consisting of a scientist Louis Pasteur, the diplomat Ferdinand, the writers Jules Verne, Ernest Renan and the publisher Armand Colin. Today, over the century, there exists around 850 centres in 137 countries, of which, Ahmedabad became a part in 1981, almost a century later.