Ambassador of France visits Uttarakhand to expand cultural and academic cooperation

During this visit to Uttarakhand, Ambassador Lenain was accompanied by Mr Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Counsellor for Education, Science and Culture at the French Embassy and Director of the French Institute in India.

Uttarakhand, 20-21 November 2020

The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain, was on an official visit to Rishikesh, Dehradun and Mussoorie, on November 20-21, focused on cooperation between France and several Indian academic, scientific and cultural institutions located in Uttarakhand.

In Dehradun, Ambassador Lenain visited the Wildlife Institute of India for a meeting with its Director, Dr Dhananjai Mohan. France and India have close collaborations on biodiversity and management of protected areas, which are topics that will figure prominently on the agenda of the upcoming annual meeting of the bilateral working group on environment.

In Rishikesh, Ambassador Lenain met Mr Rajiv Savara and the other initiators of “Matra Ashraya - A Collection Museum”, whose goal to preserve and highlight Indian cultural heritage reflects India’s aspiration to have multiple world-class Collection Museums. The Ambassador conveyed France’s wish to provide support to this initiative, through establishing contacts with relevant French cultural institutions.

In Mussoorie, Ambassador Lenain attended the Valley of Words literary festival, taking part in a panel discussion on the book “Prince, Patron and Patriarch” with co-authors Brigadier H.H. Sukhjit Singh and Ms Cynthia Meera Frederick, and Mr Aman Nath. Narrating the life of Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala, it reveals his strong affinity with France as well as its heritage and culture. On this occasion, the Ambassador stressed that France wished to intensify academic ties and student mobility with India, and was looking forward to hosting India as Guest of Honour at the 2021 Paris Book Fair, Livre Paris.
Brigadier Sukhjit Singh also welcomed Ambassador Lenain at his Mussoorie palace, Chateau Kapurthala, whose architecture is inspired from French Renaissance palaces.

Lastly, Ambassador Lenain met with Mr Sanjeev Chopra, director of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, to discuss the possible cooperation between LBSNAA and its French equivalent, Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA).

During this visit to Uttarakhand, Ambassador Lenain was accompanied by Mr Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Counsellor for Education, Science and Culture at the French Embassy and Director of the French Institute in India.

Last modified on 30/11/2020

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