Did you know that India’s space ties with France began as early as 1963, when Dr Vikram Sarabhai, the father of the Indian Space programme, met Jacques Blamont, the Founding Technical Director of the French Space Agency (CNES-Centre National d’Études Spatiales), which then went on to support ISRO’s sounding rocket programme during its nascent stage? Or that the Indian Railways adopted the 25 KV AC system of electrification as a standard in 1957 and the French National Railways (SNCF) provided initial technical assistance and consultancy for the same? Or that the discovery of helium has an Indo-French connection?

India and France have been working together for several decades to achieve common developmental goals. Several scientific advancements in India have been in partnership with France and India has provided unmatched resource support to France. In order to preserve the heritage of this longstanding collaboration, The French Institute in India is working with astronomer and science historian, Pranav Sharma, to document the scientific partnership between India and France across disciplines with the objective of revisiting our common history of science & technology. In 2022, the blogs generated on www.hos.ifindia.in will leave their digital arena to occupy planetariums, science museums and universities across India.

City Date
Delhi 8 Jan – 15 Feb
Mumbai TBD
Hyderabad 15 Apr – 15 May
Bangalore 1 – 30 June
Kolkata 15 Jul – 15 Aug