France and India have indicated their desire to enhance their education cooperation following in-depth talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron.
This comes after our earlier report that France intend to double Indian student numbers by 2025.
Both countries expressed that they were satisfied by the status of student mobility between the two countries, which has been aided by the teaching of French in India and the creation of the network of schools for Excellence in French.
The target set in 2018 was 10,000 students, however this target is expected to be fulfilled this year, and, as a result, both leaders decided to enhance the target to 20,000 students by 2025.
Digital Technology high on the agenda
The summit is expected to help structure academic and scientific partnerships with corporate entities on issues such as aerospace, renewable energy, green chemistry, smart cities, agriculture, marine sciences and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
India and France also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation on skills development.
Further to supporting development in crucial educational areas, the two leaders adopted a cybersecurity and digital technology road map which will expand into Indo-French bilateral cooperation.
This is particularly aimed at the strategic sectors of high-performance computing and AI, with the goal being to bring the start-up ecosystems of both countries closer to each other.
Art and Culture important to partnership
The furthered collaboration of the two nations Modi and Macron agreed significantly enhances people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges.
Overall, around 700,000 Indian tourists visited France in 2018, which is a 17% increase from 2017. More than 250,000 French tourists visited India in the same period.
India has also been announced as the Country of Honour for the 2020 edition of Livre Paris, the Paris international book fair and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi will hold the first exhibition in India of French artist Gérard Garouste in January 2020.
The Musée national d’art modern (Centre Georges Pompidou) will hold a dedicated exhibition of the works of Indian artist Sayed Haider Raza in 2021.
Photo: PMO India
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