Posted on Monday, September 3, 2018
The Indo-French partnership may be based on hard economics and politics, but its future lies in people-to-people ties, specifically exchanges between the youth of India and France, said French ambassador Alexandre Ziegler at a felicitation ceremony for the first batch of students who were awarded scholarships by the Franco-Indian Education Trust. He added further, “President Emmanuel Macron during his India visit had reiterated France’s aim of having at least 10,000 Indian students pursuing their higher education in France’s institutions by 2020. The first batch of 16 awardees going to France will enhance mobility between France and India.”
The awardees will shortly travel to France and join other students who have already settled in Paris, Toulouse, Lille and other French higher education hubs. The ambassador also expressed hope that the scholars would come back to India with new ideas and project collaborations which, in turn, will inspire posterity.
Out of a total of 16 fellows, four have received scholarships under the Amba Dalmia programme set up by the Trust which were earmarked for Indian women wanting to pursue their studies in music, theatre, sports, arts, cinema, ballet, opera, philosophy, gastronomy, design, painting or photography in France. These awardees will pursue programmes at various French institutions such as Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq (acting), Institut Paul Bocuse (gastronomy), Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (design), etc. The other 12 awardees have been granted scholarships under French major Legrand Group’s initiative in management and engineering. The students were selected on the basis of social and economic criteria in addition to academic excellence.
Debarati Sikder: I am going to the Jacques Lecoq School for the laboratory of movement course. This is keeping with my Master’s in Dramatic Art from Rabindra Bharati University and my graduate degree from the National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi. One of my teachers at NSD inspired me to apply for the scholarship and from then onwards, there was no looking back.
Nivedetha Vedanayagam – I am a design student from the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. We had a few workshops organised with French designers. It made me choose ENSCI Paris for my exchange programme. I am looking forward to improving my skills in France.
Kishore Kumar: I got admitted to Toulouse Business School in France for a Master’s in Big Data Marketing Management. This programme is compatible with my previous certification in Data Science from the International School of Engineering, Hyderabad, which is why I chose France.
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