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The first-ever Indo-French Knowledge Summit ended successfully on March 11, 2018, with a landmark agreement on mutual recognition of educational qualifications between the two countries and a record 15 other MoUs signed between universities and research institutions on joint initiatives and partnerships.

The two-day summit, which coincided with the state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron, was organised by the French Embassy in India and co-hosted by the Human Resource Development Ministry. More than 350 people from nearly 80 Indian and 70 French institutions, along with key enterprises, participated in the summit which also received the support of the Science and Technology Ministry, Campus France and the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Addressing the participants at the closing session, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said the agreement will go a long way in boosting the educational relationship between the two countries. “It will encourage mobility of students from both the countries by facilitating possibilities for them to continue their studies in the other country and would also promote excellence in higher education through cooperation, university and research exchanges.”

He said the government will soon launch its Study in India Programme to encourage more foreign students to take up education in India. “Currently there are 47,000 foreign students learning in India and by 2022 we will have at least 100,000,” he said. Mr Javadekar also mooted the idea that both the countries should look at the possibility of allowing professionals to practice in each other’s country on reciprocity basis.