Catherine Colonna, the French foreign minister, said on Wednesday that France aims to welcome 20,000 Indian students by 2025.%. It’s very ambitious. But between India and France, the sky is the limit. said Colonna, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, during an interaction with the students of Lady Shri Ram College.
She informed that they have recovered from the pandemic-induced decline in the number of Indian students traveling to France, and that its appeal to Indian students is “stronger than ever”.
“France will welcome almost the same number of Indian students in 2022 as in 2019, during which more than 5,000 students completed their long-stay study procedure in France,” she said.
In addition, Colonna praised France’s financial aid efforts for students, which also benefited a number of Indians. “France has provided unprecedented support through scholarships, with a record €1.6 million this year benefiting 500 Indian students.” The scholarships have been sponsored by private companies through the French Indian Education Trust.
During her discussion with the students, she stressed the need for gender equality not only in education, but also internationally. “I believe that we (men and women) are complementary. And the world would be more balanced and harmonious if there were more women in key positions. she says.
As the 25th anniversary of Indo-French strategic relations approaches in 2023, she highlighted the strong bilateral ties between the two nations. “Our countries share common values, such as democracy, the rule of law, of course. But also our relationship to the world, whether it’s our acute sense of beauty and refinement in the arts, including gastronomy, our interest in history or our vision of the future.
She is currently on a 3-day visit to India, marking her first trip as a minister. She will also meet with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on September 14 “on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest”.
Emmanuel Lenain, the French Ambassador to India was also present at the event of the minister’s visit to the institute.