Indo-French Knowledge Summit Ends with Mutual Recognition of Educational Qualifications (Download PDF)


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The first ever Indo-French Knowledge Summit ended successfully in New Delhi. Jointly organized by the French Institute in India, along with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research & Innovation (MESRI), Republic of France and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, the Knowledge Summit was the first high-level Indo-French summit on higher education and research.

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  • The two-day event offered a common moment for a common goal; increase student mobility, enlarge Research & Development collaborations and link campuses to companies by focusing on employability.

Key Facts

  • It is the First Franco-Indian Summit for university, scientific and technology cooperation with the broader objective to design a roadmap of Franco-India cooperation for the next five years, in collaboration with companies.

  • It offered common platform for common goal to increase student mobility, enlarge R&D collaborations and link campuses to companies by focusing on employability.

  • More than 350 people from nearly 80 Indian Institutions and 70 French Institutions along with key enterprises participated in the Summit, which also received the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Campus France and Confederation of Indian Industry.

  • It ended with landmark agreement on mutual recognition of educational qualifications between two countries and record 15 other MoUs between universities and research institutions on joint initiatives and partnerships

During this event, various sessions and round tables on several topics of mutual interest of both the countries were held including on aerospace, agriculture and food processing, eco-energy, maths and information technology, strengthening employability among others. Importance of Summit

  • The Knowledge Summit is an essential step toward the goal set by the French Government to attract 10, 000 students to France by 2020.

  • Last year, over 5, 000 Indian students chose France as a study destination, showing a 60 % increase from the previous year.

  • Business schools and engineering schools are particularly active in their cooperation. There are already more than 550 partnership agreements (MoUs, Memorandums of Understanding) currently recognised by the university cooperation service.

  • This concerns about 120 French institutions and 150 Indian institutions. A dozen institutions have also decided to set up a permanent office in India, such as Science Po or ESC Rennes.

  • The Summit explored seven priority sectors for collaboration:

    • Space and aeronautics

    • Mathematics and information technology

    • Agronomy and food processing

    • Eco-energy

    • Natural resources and bioactive compounds,

    • Architecture

    • Urban planning, urban mobility.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 22, 2018

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