France woos Indian students

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 22:02

New Delhi: France is all set to establish human resource managers club in India to assist Indians who have studied in France to get jobs in companies in the two countries as part of steps to attract students from the region.

France has also passed a law which allows government universities to develop English speaking courses to attract Indian students. Besides, Indian students who have completed their graduation will be allowed to stay for one more year to get first professional experience.

Earlier, only business and engineering schools in France had English speaking courses.

The club will assist Indian students to get a fruitful career in French companies in India and also Indian companies which have collaborations with French companies. Emphasis has also been given to develop the alumni network in this regard.

French Ambassador to India Francois Richier said that once the Indian students complete their studies in France and return to India, "we want to help them in their professional career".

"We have set up a HR Manager`s club which is associating HR chiefs of French as well as Indian companies in India. The idea is to how to attract the best students. We will set up a Job Opportunities Board which will help former Indian students to get in touch with the French companies. We want the students to find a rapid and fruitful career with French companies," said Richier on the sidelines of an event.

Officials said that while the club will discuss the trends in various sectors, the board will see the resumes.

Apart from this, Indian students who have completed their graduation will be allowed to stay for one more year to get the first professional experience in any company there.

Although not mandatory and dependent on the student`s choice, the one-year professional extension will be automatically granted to the Indian students who finish their graduation, officials said.

Richier said that in 1998, there were around 100 Indian students studying in France while three-seven French students were in India to study.

However last year`s figures show that there are now 2,600 Indians in France and 1,400 French students in India.

"The reason why the numbers have increased over the last few years is that we have developed English speaking courses in Business and Engineering schools. The result is 60 per cent of the Indian students are in business schools and the rest are in engineering schools," he said.

Apart from this, the ambassador said that Indian students who have graduated from France and returned to India would be granted automatically five years` business and tourist visa.

This will also be for the student`s wife, companion or children. The decision for this was taken this July, he said.

"Facilitating access to information for students is one of the first things we have done. The second thing which we have done is to facilitate delivery of visas. We have also organised special sessions to make them know how best to approach our country," the Ambassador said.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 22:02

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