Pune University to host the 3rd edition of the Knowledge Summit, the High Level Franco-Indian Summit on Higher Education, Research and Innovation on 4th-5th March 2021
Consul General Ms Sonia Barbry and Vice-Chancellor Prof Nitin R Karmalkar addressed a Press Conference on 18th February 2020 at the University of Pune to announce the forthcoming Knowledge Summit that will be hosted by Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).
About the Knowledge Summit:
The first Knowledge Summit (KS) was launched by the French Embassy in India on the occasion of French President Macron’s first visit to India. It was a historic moment for France and India and resulted in the creation of flexible consortia to identify the priority areas in research and innovation, whereas the second edition was an attempt to formulate concrete strategies for the execution of joint action involving both the Academia and the Industry. Further, it aimed at encouraging stakeholders to design processes to achieve partnerships and funding prospects, for the implementation of concrete bilateral projects.
In continuity with the previous summits held in New Delhi in 2018 (KS1) and Lyon in 2019 (KS2), the third knowledge summit (KS3) in Pune will explore future growth perspectives and present some outcomes emanating from past interventions.
Expected participation for this knowledge summit:
As for the two previous editions, the Ministers of one or both countries are expected to open the Summit, which will bring together high level representatives from the French and Indian Governments, Higher Education Institutions, Research Institutions, Enterprises and Media. 300-400 participants are expected at the summit.
Brief on India-France work and relationship for last 3/4 years and plans:
India-France relations are marked by mutual trust between two strategic partners who have always stood by each other. France and India have decided to give a new ambition to this partnership by opening it to new areas of cooperation and enhancing people-to-people contacts.
Education and Training is an important area of cooperation. After the target of 10,000 Indian students going to study in France per year set during the state visit of President Emmanuel Macron in 2018, both sides have decided to enhance the target to 20,000 students by 2025. The exchange of expert and student exchanges is expected to grow in both directions.
The Knowledge Summit is a key instrument in this objective. “The agreement between France and India for the Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications” was inked on 10th of March 2018 during the India-France Knowledge Summit, the first high-level summit for university; scientific and technological cooperation held by the two countries and came into force on 1st May 2019.