There are over 500 MoU between Indian and French academic institutions. These partnerships allow two countries to progress by strengthening people-to-people exchanges. Ultimately, those who benefit from these agreements are the young men and women who seize the opportunities availed to them to hone their skills and better their lives.
The Knowledge Summit is a Franco-Indian Summit that aims at designing a roadmap of Franco-Indian cooperation in collaboration with academic institutions and companies.
In 2018, on the occasion of the first State visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India, the French Embassy in India – French Institute in India along with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research & Innovation, Republic of France and the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, jointly organised the Knowledge Summit – the first high-level Indo-French summit on higher education and research on 10th and 11th March in New Delhi, in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology, Campus France, and the Confederation of Indian Industry.
The Summit was inaugurated by Mrs Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education and Research and Innovation, Republic of France and Mr Prakash Javadekar, Honourable Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
The second Indo-French Knowledge Summit took on 17th and 18th October, 2019 in Lyon, France.
Developing partnerships with academic institutions, universities and research centres is a key priority and strength of the French Institute in India.
This branch of the Indo-French Campus was given a new life with the establishment of a Commission for Scientific and Technological cooperation. Today, collaborations in the areas of science and technology function through a network of research units including:
– the CEFIPRA/IFCPAR (Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research),
– the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities in Delhi
– the French Institute in Pondicherry and 11 International Associated Laboratories (LIA) scattered across different cities in India.
By establishing connections between French and Indian research institutes, students and researchers alike are given the opportunity to develop their projects on an international platform.
Many French companies operating in India have established high-level research centres which are an integral part of the Indo-French Science and Technology Cooperation landscape.
More than 25 R&D centres of French companies are found in India, covering a wide range of domains. Some companies simply carry out research activities in collaboration with Indian institutions, in the absence of formal R&D centres.
Created in 2012 at the initiative of the Science and Technology Department of the French Embassy, the R&D Club gathers 60 members who share their experiences and best practices, discuss difficulties and solutions and explore the opportunities of cooperation with Indian stakeholders.
Several topics of common interest are regularly addressed, including: the establishment of public-private partnerships, the needs of skilled human resources, intellectual property rules, the funding of Indo-French collaborative research and several other topics.
This Club also offers an opportunity to interact with the French Embassy over the existing tools for Indo-French cooperation in Science and Technology: student mobility, training, skills and professional development.
Three to four meetings are organised per year, either hosted by an Indian academic institution or by industry members. Fourteen meetings have already taken place so far.