France – A world player in arts, design, science and technology, arguably Europe’s most innovative country along being well known for its Educational Expertise. Ranking at number three among the global top-three in innovation, it is home to numerous Nobel Laureates and Fields Medal winners, artists and thinkers. If someone wants to have some international quality exposure in the field of Teaching and education then France is the destination for them. In the year 2015, France made the announcement that it will attract more Indian students to its acclaimed institutes. Two years down the line, it seems all set to surpass its target of drawing 10,000 Indian students by 2020. The figure has already touched 7,000.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the largest country in the European Union in 2015, the French government told that more than 4,000 Indian students are already studying in France. We want these numbers to grow further. Our aim is to welcome 10,000 students to France by 2020. This is 50 times more than that of 20 years ago. But it’s still insufficient in terms of the quality of the relationship between the two countries.
To fulfil its commitment, the government has taken two major steps: Firstly, the work visa granted for those who finish their education there, was made valid for two years instead of one. In addition, there are chances to extend it even further. Secondly, the numbers of scholarships available have also gone up. This is very much clear from the fact that in the year 2016, 120 Indian students got Charpak Master’s Scholarship, while 370 secured other scholarships.
Many students who feel their first study destination should be the English-speaking countries such as the US and UK should know that language is not a barrier. Students from India and the world over can study in France in English- or French-medium institutions. If they study in French, then like any other French citizen in French state universities, students benefit from free tuition. They only have to pay for food, boarding and lodging, which are affordable.
Once they complete postgraduate studies, Indian students in France have a stay-back option. They have an advantage in terms of job opportunities too. There are also around a thousand French companies that seek skilled professionals in India, including CapGemini, Safran, Saint-Gobain, Renault, and Orange. In fact, CapGemini has more employees in India than in France.
France’s programme “Bonjour India” – now in its third edition from November 2017 to February 2018 – promotes and fosters creativity, innovation and partnership between both countries.
During Modi’s visit to France, the two countries agreed on allowing Indian students to a stay on in France two years. Applying to France is easy. Campus France has 11 offices offering free counselling to students and help with admission procedures, visa formalities, etc. They are located in the Alliance Françaises in the following cities: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Kochi, with two opening soon in Indore and Jaipur.
Thousands of students and professionals migrate to foreign shores every year in search of better opportunities. However, the true but bitter fact is the education of India is appraised in every nook and corner of this planet.