Latest Update (May 6, 2022) -France plans to have over 20,000 Indian international students in the country by 2025, as per the joint statement issued by the two countries.
In the joint statement, the two nations stated plans to use bilateral student mobility and create opportunities for new business, start-ups, and innovation.
The statement followed the meeting of PM Narendra Modi, India, and President Emmanuel Macron, France.
There were talks of increasing mobility of students, professionals, and skilled workers between the two nations. The nations intend to combat and overcome irregular migration between India and France.
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In 2019, 10,000 Indian international students were studying in France. French Embassy in New Delhi updated that in 2020 and 2021 the country provided special assistance to Indian students to help them through the COVID situation.
Apart from bilateral mobility the heads of Indian and French governments also discussed regional and global developments and bilateral and mutual interests.
Both countries intend to commit to and implement the Partnership Agreement on Migration and Mobility, which they entered on October 1, 2021.
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PM Modi was on his final leg of the 3-nation tour in Paris. He expressed his gratitude to the French President for the warm welcome and enthusiastic talks on varying bilateral and mutual subjects.
Before France, hevisited Germany and Denmark. His discussions were in favor to boost ties with the three countries in areas like trade, energy, and green technology.
He left for India from Paris early on Thursday.
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The education sector across the world has been highlyaffected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most countries have faced difficulty in retaining international students either due to restrictions, lockdowns in many parts of the world, or due to delay in visa processing. Although time is tough, many countries are planning to target maximum international students in the years to come as they play a crucial role in boosting the economy of any country.
France is one such country that is looking forward to target more than 20,000 Indian students by 2025. It was stated by French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs - Jean-Yves Le Drian in a recent event at the French Embassy. He also said that they wish to bring French and Indian youth closer by enrolling maximum Indian students in the country. The minister also assures to provide full support to international students during their stay in the country.
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Jean-Yves Le Drian recently visited India where a meeting was held with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on education as well as on bilateral, regional, and international issues of mutual interest. The focus was on strengthening the bond between the two countries and boost cooperation in several fields like education, environmental concerns, climatical change concerns, social concerns etc.
In the event held at the French embassy, 15 Alumni Ambassadors were chosen from the prestigious France Alumni network to boost student mobility between France and India. The members selected are experienced people from the fields of science, art, management, culinary and social sciences and are leaders in the specific fields in India. In the event, these members shared their experiences of living in France and ideas to improve student mobility between France and India.
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