Consul General Ms Sonia Barbry visits Baroda
From 7th to 9th September, Ms Sonia Barbry visited Baroda, the cultural capital of Gujarat.
On her second official visit to Gujarat in less than 2 weeks, Consul General of France in Bombay Ms Sonia Barbry was received warmly at the airport by Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of Rajpipla who took her to visit the NGO he founded to support LGBT and transgender community. She also paid a courtesy visit to the Queen’s mother, Rajmata Shubhangini Devi at the Royal Palace.
An important part of the agenda was the launch of the first franco-indian dual degree programme of Parul University of Baroda and in partnership with the French University Esigelec located in Rouen, one of France’s highest ranking engineering schools. But the consul general also had a chance to interact with the VC and other HODs at the MS University where Indo-French academic cooperation was discussed, working collectively towards achieving the target set by President Macron and Prime Minister Modi of having 20000 Indian students in France by 2025, etc.
And since Baroda is the cultural capital of Gujarat, the mission couldn’t have been complete without a visit to the Alliance française annexe in Baroda, where Ms Barbry was happy to interact with the staff as well as a fascinating meeting with the famous architect Karan Grover whose NGO managed to excavate and list the Champaner-Pavagadh site as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
All in all, Ms Barbry’s second visit to Gujarat was equally interesting, fruitful and successful, thanks to the wonderful interlocutors she met on that occasion.