The French Institute / IFI (Institut français India) is a section of the Embassy of France responsible for connecting and implementing Indo-French human exchanges. We have been called fondly by many different names over the years. Institut français India is our newest name after French Cultural Centre, French Library, CEDUST and, most recently, Institut français en Inde.
Our spirit remains the same: a platform that enables partnerships. We at IFI promote academic and scientific exchange between higher institutes of learning and research. We enable student mobility, and promote French language. We foster links between artists, scientists, NGOs, professors, enterprises, film professionals, publishers and more. We also support partnerships in research and innovation, capacity-building and interactions with civil society, vocational studies, as well as artistic and cultural partnerships in arts, books, film, fashion, design and more. We also support and organise forums and debates that bring together innovators and thinkers from both countries.
Located in the heart of Delhi, at 2, APJ Abdul Kalam Road, the IFI implements connections all across India. IFI is housed at the former location of Embassy of France in India, a heritage building that is part of Lutyens Delhi that shares its premises with CSH (research center in humanities) and Le Lycée Français de Delhi (French school). The restored IFI will bring back the restaurant services recalling the former Bistrot where Francophiles in Delhi formerly gathered – quite literally – for a taste of France.
IFI comprises two main services: the department for education and research, and the department for creation and mediation. These in turn comprise various sectors, including Arts and Culture, Books and Ideas, Study in France, French Language Education, and Innovation and Multimedia – all of which engage in their particular fields of cooperation with India. These departments are all supported by the Administrative section and the Communication section.
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.
As a focal point and part of the French Embassy, 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 the Alliance Française (AF), which represents local Indian organizations that disseminate French culture, promote Indo-French cultural exchanges and teach French across the Indian territory. France also has two research centers in India – in Puducherry and Delhi, and several schools. 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 promotes French language which is 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, we at IFI offer a specific service geared towards students, which can be accessed through our various centers across India. Campus France is housed in the 14 Alliance Française offices across India: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pondicherry, Pune and Trivandrum (with an annex in Kochi). Campus France officers provide students free counselling services and 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 representative of top institutions one-on-one. An online platform France Alumni also brings together Indian 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 these connections between private companies and public institutions in between France and India.