Delhi has called us fondly by different names over the years. We have been known as the French Cultural Centre, French Library, CEDUST amongst the many appellations, on 1st January 2012, in keeping with the policy of the French government, this cultural space has been renamed the Institut français en Inde (IFI).
The present building of the Institut français en Inde housed the Embassy of France in India before the latter moved to its present location in Chanakyapuri. The Institut français en Inde stands as an imposing buliding across a sprawling, manicured lawn peppered with a variety of startlingly colourful blooms in early spring.
A research centre in humanities (CSH) and a French school (Le Lycée Français de Delhi) share its premises as does the Bistrot, a restaurant with a strong French flavour.
The Institut français en inde, located a stone’s throw away from two leading hotels, convivial environs of the bustling Khan market and famous eateries of Pandara road, at walking distance from the Alliance Française de Delhi, with a leisurely stop over at the picturesque Lodhi gardens, is a truly a wonderful place, acting as a window to France.
The visit of Mr. Xavier Darcos, President Institut français Paris (IF Paris) was an occasion to showcase the action packed calendar, activities and trainings organized by the Institut français en Inde (IFI), by mobilizing the entire French Cultural network in India .Thus on 28th and 29th March biannual meetings with the heads of each sector of the IFI and the Directors of Alliance Française network were held under the guidance of Mr. Xavier Darcos President IF Paris and Mr. Max Claudet, Director IFI.
On the 29th of March, 2012 the unveiling of the plaque of the Institut français en Inde was done jointly by Mr. Xavier Darcos, President IF Paris, Mr. François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, Mr. Max Claudet, Director IFI in the presence of select guests and partners key to the enhancement of Indo-French collaborations in artistic, educational, literary and film domains.