Tuesday, December 07, 2010

France gets attracted to premier tech institutions of India

India's premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) were at the forefront of educational deals signed with France on Monday. French higher education minister Valérie Pécresse met her counterpart Kapil Sibal in New Delhi and an MoU for student exchange and academic collaboration between the seven older IITs and Paris Tech (a consortium of French technical institutes) was signed.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) officials and the French consortium also finalised an MoU on IIT-Rajasthan which will pave the way for major collaboration between the two sides at the new IIT. The MoU will enable a French consortium to academically and scientifically help develop the new institute. The French technical institutes will help IIT-Rajasthan in the field of renewable energy (especially solar energy); health; aerospace; quantum computing; systems integration and design; mechanical engineering as well as technologies for art conservation and heritage.

"Already drafts of the agreement had been exchanged by both sides. We were expecting to finalise details, including the vision statement and have managed to do so," a MHRD official said. IIT-Bombay also finalised a bilateral agreement with French technical institutes (Group Ecole Telecom) with specialisation in the field of telecommunication.

IIT-Rajasthan, which was set up in 2008 and mentored by IIT-Kanpur, tied up with Areva Renovables for a strategic partnership in the field of renewable energy. These apart, another crucial agreement for setting up a joint international laboratory — called the Indo-French Cell for Water Sciences (IFCWS) — was also signed.

The international laboratory will be set up by the Institut de Recherche pour le Development, France, and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. The laboratory will also work towards partnerships with other research structures and organisations in India, France and abroad.


Source: Mail Today, December 7, 2010
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