The Embassy of France has put in extra efforts in the initiative to enhance student mobility towards France through Campus France. For the year 2015, 100 students have been selected who will be leaving from Chandigarh to pursue their higher Education in France for the academic year 2015-2016.
On Saturday July 4, 2015 Dominique WAAG, director of Alliance Francaise de Chandigarh inaugurated The French Scholarship Award Ceremony and Pre-Departure Session for the shortlisted students.
During the pre-departure session which is both interactive and instructive, there will be announcement of the French Embassy in India scholarship holders, how to deal with daily life in France, consular procedures and awareness on learning French.
On the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's to France, both the countries had a mutual tie up that France will allow Indian students to stay in France for two years. The first year is dedicated to studies and second year is dedicated to gaining professional experience after completion of their course, with a vice versa arrangement for French students in India. The agreement will ultimately boost up the Indo-French relationship in education, as the same was suggested by President Francois Hollande on his visit to India in the year 2013.
If the data’s are to be believed, last year approx. 3000 Indian students opted for higher education in France which was a considerable hike if compared to last five years. Maximum number of the students who have applied had attended over 800 courses taught in English in France. These number keeps on increasing every year.
For the year 2015, French Embassy offered more than 300 scholarships under its flagship "Charpak" programme for Master's degrees, exchange semesters and research internships. Many French organizations namely Roquette, MBDA and Thales also offer scholarships to Indian students inclusive of tuition fee waivers and a monthly stipend.
The French higher education, which functions under the guidance of the Embassy of France in India is being promoted by Campus France which is the governmental agency. Presently Campus France has offices in nine Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.