Education, Skill Development, Science, People-To-People Ties



The partnership between France and India is further shaped by the French and Indian students who increasingly choose to study in each other’s country and create enduring ties with its people, language and culture. Today, approximately 3,000 Indians are studying in France. This figure doubled over the past 5 years. Indian nationals who have a post-graduate degree from a French institution are eligible for a five-year (renewable) circulation visa. As for French students in India, there are more than 1,500 studying in India.

Joint statement:

27. The leaders agreed that the two sides take forward their ongoing discussions on an agreement concerning a partnership relating to Migration and Mobility between the governments of France and India.

28. The two Leaders expressed their satisfaction at the growing exchanges between the two countries in the field of education and agreed to take steps to increase the number of Indian students studying in France and French students studying in India. They welcomed in particular agreement between India and France to facilitate professional experience for their students in both countries after the completion of their courses. Under this arrangement, Indian post graduate students shall be allowed the benefit of a 2 years special residence permit in France and 250 French students would be permitted yearly a maximum stay of 2 years in India under the VIE Scheme of France to join French companies operating in India.

29. Prime Minister conveyed to President Hollande the importance that Indian Government has accorded to promoting the welfare of Indian community abroad. President Hollande welcomed the organization of a meeting of the Prime Minister with People of Indian Origin and Non Resident Indians, which highlights their contribution to the socio-cultural and economic development of France.

36. Expressing a mutual interest in boosting the number and quality of student exchanges, the two Leaders invited educational institutions of both countries to further expand their cooperation especially in the field of engineering and applied sciences. They called for further development of cooperation in the field of technical and vocational education in line with the needs of the industry. The Leaders also welcomed the role of French companies in India in the field of skill development of young Indians.

37. The two Leaders noted with satisfaction forward movement on the following:
(i) Cooperation in human resource development and skill building by establishing a knowledge partnership to exchange expertise and best practices, aimed at developing nationwide skill standards and institutional structures to support skill development.
(ii) Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for knowledge partnership and cooperation in the area of qualification registers between National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India and Commission National de la Certification Professionnelle (CNCP) of France.

38. The Leaders, emphasising the importance of health for the well-being of their populations and the development of their nations, planned to strengthen their partnership in the fields of non-communicable diseases, pharmacceutical industries and healthcare institutions.

39. The two Leaders expressed their appreciation on the long standing collaboration in science and technology between the two countries and reaffirmed their support to expand it further through establishing a Joint Indo-French Science & Technology Committee. The leaders noted with satisfaction that:
(i) The Department of Science and Technology (DST), under the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology, and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) have concluded a new MoU which will accelerate scientific cooperation in frontier areas of mutual interest.
(ii) The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), under the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) have concluded a MoU to collaborate towards the establishment of a National Institute of Marine Biology and Biotechnology in India.


- Agreement between the Commission nationale de certification professionnelle (France) and the National Skill Development Authority (India)

  • Exchange of information regarding the maintenance of National Skills Qualification Framework and the French National Register for Vocational Certifications (RNCP) through information exchanges, visits and other suitable meetings.

- VIE scheme to allow Indian students in France and French students in India to stay for a period of 24 months

  • The Volontariat International en Entreprise (VIE) scheme offers Indian Visa for 12 months renewable once for a period of 12 months for 250 French students and a ‘second residence permit’ of 12 months for the Indian students in France following the 12 months already granted.

- MoU on cooperation in the field of Science & Technology between Department of Science & Technology of India and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

  • The MoU is for cooperation between the two countries in the areas of applied mathematics, physics, Information & communication technology, water resources and environment, life sciences, astronomy, climate and energy by exchange of information, organization of meetings/workshops/seminars, exchange of research personnel; joint projects; establishment of Virtual Joint Laboratories, and establishment of Joint Research Centres.

- MoU between Department of Biotechnology of India and CNRS and UPMC on Collaboration for establishment of a National Institute of Marine Biology and Biotechnology in India

  • The proposed MoU seeks to establish a National Institute of Marine Biology and Biotechnology in India, with a Hub and Spoke network of laboratories spanning India’s marine regions from the Andaman to Lakshadweep.

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