India France Technology Summit in New Delhi

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India France Technology Summit to be held in New Delhi

With France being one of the largest investors in India with nearly 18 billion USD investment – stock by French companies as a backdrop, the India – France Technology Summit, scheduled to be held in New Delhi 23rd October, 2013 to 24th October, 2013, will see the participation of around 500 delegates from both countries.

The summit — organised by the French Embassy in India, the Department of Science and Technology ( DST ) and the Confederation of Indian Industry ( CII ) — will aim to work towards a ‘Technological Partnership’ in four key areas including cities :

  • Energy and Climate
  • Biotechnology
  • Agrifood and Health
  • Aerospace and Aeronautics
  • Chemicals and Materials

According to Arnaud Mentre , first counsellor, head of Press section, French Embassy in India, “With the summit, France and India will develop an ‘eco – system’ bringing together all French and Indian stakeholders in research, development, innovation and higher education, building on the success of the Indo – French Centre for promotion of advance research, CEFIPRA and the 11 active Indo – French joint laboratories ( water , chemistry, mathematics and life sciences ).”

The summit will further see the launch of a new joint programme of research on health technologies and the creation of three joint research structures in the field of life sciences. And India Fund will also be created at Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques ( IHES ) in France, based on the tradition of Collaboration between French and Indian Mathematicians.

Paulo Gonclaves, research associate at INRIA, said that 12 of their representatives will be participating in the summit. The large scale event, he added, is likely to encourage scientific collaborations in the academia and help find industrial partners in India.

France and India, added Mentre, will also share the objective to build an ambitious education strategy to encourage greater student exchanges between both countries, including twinning of higher education institutions, mutual recognition of degrees, research collaborations and training of teachers.

The summit was announced by Francois Hollande, President of France and Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, during Hollande’s state visit to India in February 2013.

Engineering College

Ecole Centrale Paris is launching an engineering college in India — Mahindra Ecole Centrale ( MEC ) — in collaboration with the Mahindra Group. Herve Biausser, director, Ecole Centrale Paris, said the five – year programme will have an interdisciplinary approach with a blend of humanities, social sciences, and philosophy, thus, helping students to adapt to global engineering challenges. The college will open in 2014 or latest 2015.