The French Institute / IFI (Institut français India) is a section of the Embassy of France responsible for connecting and implementing Indo-French human exchanges.
IFI performs numerous functions: from promoting academic and scientific exchange between higher institutes of learning and research to enabling student mobility, and promoting the French language. We also foster links between artists, scientists, NGOs, professors, enterprises, film professionals, publishers and more. We support partnerships in research and innovation, capacity-building and interactions with civil society, vocational studies, as well as artistic and cultural partnerships in performance, books, film, fashion, design and more. We support and organise forums and debates that bring together innovators and thinkers from both countries.
Two main services of IFI undertake the above functions: the department for education and research, and the department for creation and mediation. All of their sectors – including Arts and Culture, Books and Ideas, Study in France, French Language Education, and Innovation and Multimedia – engage in their particular fields of cooperation with India. These departments are all supported by the Administrative and Communication sections.
Bringing these together under one umbrella, IFI is proud to have established a Bonjour India office. A program spanning four months from November 2017 to February 2018, Bonjour India partners French talents with Indian counterparts to showcase a season of innovation and creativity across various cities all over India.
Through the program of “The Other Thought” IFI encourages diversity in thought in a series of French-Indian encounters through debates, seminars, workshops and more.
IFI is connected to various sections including the Embassy’s Economics Section, Business France, the Press Section, and the Consulate. In India, IFI heads the network encompassing France’s two research centres in India (Puducherry and Delhi), the four French schools (Chennai, Mumbai, Puducherry & Delhi) as well as the Alliance Française network (AF), which represents local Indian organizations that disseminate French culture, promote Indo-French cultural exchanges and teach French across the Indian territory (see our Indo-French network).
IFI promotes French, the top most-taught foreign language in India, the second language of international organisations, and the third business language. IFI also encourages and helps students in India learn French.
Through Campus France, IFI offers a specific service geared towards students, which can be accessed in the 13 Alliance Française offices across India: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pondicherry, Pune and Trivandrum (with an annex in Kochi). Campus France officers provide students free counselling services, facilitate admission procedures and visa formalities, and can even contact French institutions for student applications. Campus France holds biannual education fairs where students intending to study France meet representatives of top institutions one-on-one. The online platform France Alumni also brings together Indians that formerly studied in France for networking and reliving memories of France.
France and India are leading players in the global scene. France is Europe’s top innovator, and ranks third in global innovation. Through exchanges in technology and know-how, as well as through artistic and educational exchanges, France and India are partners in creativity and innovation. IFI acts as a matchmaker in the exchange of expertise, strengthening connections among private companies and public institutions between France and India.