President Emmanuel Macron mentioned on Friday that France is aiming to welcome 30,000 Indian students to its universities by 2030, in a serious effort to enhance educational ties between the 2 international locations.
In a publish on X (previously Twitter) throughout a go to to India, the place he’s attending the 75th Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest, Macron mentioned the plan is a part of an “ambitious” effort to strengthen France’s relationship with India, which he known as a “key partner” within the Indo-Pacific area. He had introduced the goal after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s go to to France in July 2023.
“We are launching new pathways in order to learn French in public schools with the initiative ‘French for All, French for a Better Future,'” Macron mentioned.
Sharing additional details, he mentioned, “We are developing the network of Alliances françaises, with new centers to learn French. We are creating international classes which will allow students, who do not necessarily speak French, to join our universities.”
The French President additionally highlighted that the visa course of can be streamlined for former Indian students who’ve studied in France, making it simpler for them to return. This announcement comes as France goals to first entice 20,000 Indian students by 2025, setting the stage for the bigger purpose of 30,000 by 2030.
“It’s a very ambitious target, but I am determined to make it happen,” Macron said.
The French authorities has already taken steps to make it simpler for Indian students to research in France. In 2018, it launched a programme known as “Campus France” which offers info and help to Indian students all in favour of finding out in France. The variety of Indian students finding out in France has elevated by 20 per cent because it was launched.
Prime Minister Modi on Thursday welcomed President Macron’s go to to India, which incorporates attending the Republic Day ceremony on January 26. PM Modi took to social media to specific his delight at Macron starting his two-day visit in Rajasthan, the place the latter toured Jaipur’s iconic websites of Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal.
The two leaders showcased their robust rapport with a roadshow within the Pink City, the place Macron was introduced with a reproduction of Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir and enjoyed masala chai earlier than partaking in bilateral talks. Their discussions centered on additional consolidating strategic cooperation in protection, safety, commerce, and clear vitality.