News By/Courtesy: Abhipsha Datta | 16 Apr 2021 20:09pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated that the country has set a target of enrolling 20,000 Indian students in France by 2025.
  • The European nation had 10,000 Indian students studying in 2019.
  • The goal is to bring French and Indian youth even closer.

On Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated that the country has set a target of enrolling 20,000 Indian students in higher institutions in France by 2025. According to officials at the French Embassy, the European nation had 10,000 Indian students studying in 2019. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that they have set a goal to have 20,000 Indian students in France in higher education institutions by 2025. The goal is to bring French and Indian youth even closer. The Minister added that the students will be supported during their stay in France as living in France is quite something. Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke at an event at the French Embassy where he appointed 15 Alumni Ambassadors selected from the prestigious France Alumni network to enhance student mobility between the two countries. The French minister mentioned that he was late for the event, as he had so many things to discuss with his counterpart Union minister S Jaishankar. He acknowledged their good relations and said that “We enjoy such a strong relationship that I got late.” These alumni have pursued studies in the fields of science, management, art, culinary and social sciences and have become leaders in their specific fields in India. They signed a charter involving them in the Alumni Ambassadorship Programme. The alumni ambassadors spoke about their experiences of living in France. They also exchanged ideas to improve student mobility between the two nations with the minister. In his three-day visit to India, from April 13 to 15, the French foreign minister met up with Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar and was also expected to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi that reportedly got cancelled due to COVID related response. The focus was on strengthening strategic ties between the two countries, boost cooperation in several fields, particularly the Indo-Pacific, and participate in the Raisina Dialogue. The Raisina Dialogue has now gone fully digital due to the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in India. The minister will also preside over initiatives that aim to further people-to-people and cultural ties between France and India. Minister Le Drian and Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar also participated in a panel discussion at the French Embassy on boosting global action against climate change because of COP26. India and France had inaugurated the Indo-French Year of the Environment in January last year to strengthen cooperation on climate issues and to maintain coordination ahead of these multilateral events. 

 

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Section Editor: 5thVoice.News | 17 Apr 2021 12:39pm IST


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