Developing bilateral cooperation on higher education, science, technology, research and innovation is a priority for France.
In the field of higher education, there are approximately 4,000 Indian students in France, a number that is growing swiftly. France's target is to reach the 10,000 mark by 2020.
Apart from an attractive visa policy, France carries out a twofold endeavour: support to scholarship programmes, and Indian and French institutions for developing inter-university agreements. Several agreements are currently being negotiated (academic mobility, recognition of each other's degrees), while others have been signed to encourage more Indian scholars to study in France.
Scientific and technical cooperation is another key area of our partnership, which was given a fresh impetus with the establishment of an Indo-French Commission for Scientific and Technological Cooperation. This cooperation is based on a unique structure bringing French and Indian researchers and scientists together, CEFIPRA/IFCPAR (Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research), which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018. The development of joint research laboratories in promising areas (neuroscience, chemistry); the two French Institutes in Delhi and Puducherry; the research centres and a very strong presence of French research in the private sector (10,000 to 20,000 persons) completes our presence.