An Indian delegation met several representatives of Université Paris-Saclay led by its President Gilles Bloch, as well as representatives of Université Paris-Sud and CentraleSupélec.
Within the framework of the activities of the Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR) and in the wings of an Indo-French meeting held in Paris at the beginning of March, an Indian delegation led by M. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, met several representatives of Université Paris-Saclay led by its President Gilles Bloch, as well as representatives of Université Paris-Sud (Etienne Augé, Vice-President for Research and Innovation) and CentraleSupélec (Didier Clouteau, Dean of Academic Affairs at Mahindra Ecole Centrale).
The meeting reflected the common interest of academic and scientific communities to reinforce existing links through international research laboratories and to benefit from the establishment of CentraleSupélec in Mahindra to further develop the training of students in entrepreneurship and engineering.
The areas of study of the 70 Indian students registered in Master or Doctoral level at Université Paris-Saclay are mainly physics, engineering and ICTs and, among the member institutes of Université Paris-Saclay, three are involved in international associated laboratories (Université Paris-Sud) and international mixed units (ENS Paris-Saclay and Ecole Polytechnique).
Building on well-established collaborations in physics, mathematics and IT, all those present agreed on the necessity to implement the best means of action to reinforce on the long run existing partnerships in science and technology.
The Counsellor for Science & Technology, Philippe Arhets, and the Attaché for Scientific and University Cooperation, Adèle Martial-Gros, from the French Embassy in India, who were accompanying the delegation, underlined the favourable context towards deepened bilateral cooperation, in particular through a series of events in India in the autumn of 2017 and spring of 2018, which Université Paris-Saclay will be attending.