The French Embassy in India, along with its partners, awards scholarships to students of current academic year going to France for specialised higher studies.
A new batch of students is going to France for the academic year 2012 – 13. CampusFrance organised a pre-departure session for them where the French Embassy in India, along with French companies – Orange and Michelin – awarded scholarships totalling up to Rs. 7.1 crore Indian (1.1 million Euros) to the 284 meritorious Indian students who wanted to pursue a specialized Masters degree in France.
The session was inaugurated by Mr Jean-Raphael Peytregnet, Consul General of French Consulate Mumbai followed by the presentation of the scholarships. A survival kit in French as well as broad guidance for facilitating the movement to France concerning documents, budget, student rights and French culture was also provided.
The French Embassy, through CampusFrance and its University Cooperation Service, invests considerable effort in enhancing student mobility towards France. The French Embassy has developed scholarship programmes tailored to meet India’s requirement in highly qualified skill pools. To attain this goal, one-third of the scholarships have been earmarked for areas in which France possesses globally recognized know-how (pure sciences, Nanoscience, Information and Communications Technology, Energy and Aerospace). Last year, 2445 students opted for higher education in France, and this number, thanks to pro-active endeavours, has jumped by 23% this year.
The session took place at the Alliance Française auditorium.