First Indo-French Knowledge Summit held in New Delhi

Published on March 11, 2018
The first two-day Knowledge Summit of India and France concluded with the state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India.

It ended with aa landmark agreement on mutual recognition of educational qualifications between the two countries. The two nations also signed 15 other MoUs between universities and research institutions on joint initiatives and partnerships

Who oganised the summit?

The French Embassy in India organised the summit in New Delhi. It was co-hosted by Human Resource Ministry of India. The summit also also received the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Campus France and Confederation of Indian Industry. More than 350 people from nearly 80 Indian Institutions and 70 French Institutions participated in the Summit

MoUs and Agreements

  • Both the nations agreed to extend cooperation in finalization of agreement on mutual recognition of academic qualifications. The agreement will facilitate possibilities for the students to continue their studies in the other country and would also promote excellence in higher education through cooperation
  • India will  will also launch its Study in India Programme to encourage more foreign students to take up education in India. 
  • India and France will also look at the possibilities of allowing professionals to practice in each other’s country on reciprocity basis. A Joint Working Group between the two countries will be formed to take ahead the bilateral cooperation in education and research. 
  • A Franco-Indian Education Trust was also unveiled at the closing session today. It will be funded by the Indian industry and French Companies in India to offer educational scholarships and merit based financial support to Indian students.

The Knowledge Summit 

It is the First Franco-Indian Summit for university, scientific and  technology cooperation with the broader objective to design a roadmap of Franco-India cooperation for the next five years, in collaboration with companies.


The objectives of the summits include increase student mobility, enlarge Research & Development collaborations and link campuses to companies by focusing on employability.

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