Four IISER directors were hosted at Université Paris-Saclay on 30 June, following a round-trip meeting with ENS schools around the country.
Following on from a round-trip of meetings with ENS institutions from 26 to 30 June in Lyon, Rennes, Paris and Cachan, where they visited the ENS Paris-Saclay, the directors of 4 IISER (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research) were welcomed on 30 June at Université Paris-Saclay (UPSaclay) by the vice-president, Claude Chappert, and the director of international relations, Guillaume Garreta.
The Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research
The IISER form a group of very selective institutions of excellence, whose model is comparable to that of the French Ecoles Normales Supérieures (ENS), offering an integrated Master’s curriculum over 5 years, multidisciplinary education through research, and high-quality research labs hosting doctoral programmes.
Strong ties between Université Paris-Saclay and India
As the fourth visit of higher education institutions and/or government representatives from India to UPSaclay since the beginning of the year, the visit from the IISER of Kolkata, Mohali, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram is a testimony to the common interest both India and France have in terms of higher education and research. In particular, UPSaclay welcomed the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology last March. Over the 2015-2016 academic year, there were 31 Indian Master’s students at UPSaclay, including 12 who were awarded a Paris-Saclay Master’s scholarship, as well as 42 PhDs, mainly in the fields of ICT, physics, engineering, and human and social sciences.
IISER and Université Paris-Saclay discussed the prospects for collaboration that could be formalised within the framework of the First Indo-French Higher Education Summit that will take place in November 2017. In the course of their visit, the IISER representatives met with researchers from the d’Alembert Institute, the Centre for Mathematical Studies and their Applications (CMLA) and the Aimé Cotton Laboratory (LAC). The delegation was also able to visit the building site of the ENS Paris-Saclay, which illustrates the changes under way on the plateau.
The drawing of the ENS Paris-Saclay building, which should be completed in April 2019
Main picture: The delegation on the ENS Paris-Saclay building site with, from left to right, Catherine Stephan-Evain, director of international relations (ENS-Paris-Saclay), Guillaume Garreta, director of international relations (UPSaclay), Keitaro Nakatani, vice-president for research (ENS Paris-Saclay), Naresh Sharma, head of international relations (IISER Pune), Krishna N Ganesh, director (IISER Pune), Rabindra Nath Mukherjee, director (IISER Kolkata), Veerabahu Ramakrishnan, director (IISER Thiruvananthapuram), and Narayanasami Sathyamurthy, director (IISER Mohali)