The objective of this training programme is to encourage translators to translate from French to Indian languages and vice versa.

This training in translation will give young translators at the beginning of their careers the opportunity to work with other more experienced translators. They will gain a better understanding of the translation and publishing landscape in both countries.

It is supported by the richness of the Alliance française network and the French departments of partner universities.

Since 2019, the French Institute in India / Embassy of France in India has organized a one-day training workshop on translation on the eve of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

In 2019, the training was facilitated by Ms. Ros Schwartz (Translator) and coordinated by Ms. Christine Cornet, head of the Book Office. The trainees worked on an abstract of Zabor, a novel written by Mr. Kamel Daoud, invited at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Click here to view the photo gallery.

In 2020, the training was animated by professional translator Ms. Renuka George and Ms. Leila Slimani, Moroccan-French author & personal representative of French President Emmanuel Macron to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. Leila Slimani won the Goncourt Prize for Une chanson douce, translated in English, Bengali, and very soon in Hindi. She was invited in 2020 to the Jaipur Literature Festival. Photo gallery.

Translator’s Factory

After these experiences, the French Institute in India has decided to create a Translator’s Factory from French to Indian languages.
This program starts in October 2020 in collaboration with ATLAS-CITL and Sangam House.


  • To improve the quality of translations from French into Indian languages & vice versa.
  • To retain a group of francophone translators.
  • To prepare for the long term: India Guest of Honor Country at Livre Paris 2022, France Guest of Honor Country at the New Delhi World Book Fair in 2022.

Language programs

The program consists of 5 online workshops, of 3 hours each, conducted every 2 months by a renowned translator.

Upcoming programmes

  • French to Bengali – conducted by Professor Philippe Benoit from 25 March to 25 November 2022

Previous programmes

  • French to Malayalam – conducted by Ms Dominique Vitalyos from 19 October 2020 to 14 June 2021
  • French to Hindi – conducted by Ms Annie Montaut from 10 December 2020 to 10 August 2021.
  • French to Tamil – conducted by Ms Leticia Ibanez from 1 July 2021 to 1 March 2022.

Workshop Gallery 2020

Workshop Gallery 2019