French varsities` road shows to woo Indian students

With an eye to attract increased number of Indian students to French universities, France is planning to hold road shows across the country popularising the programmes and opportunities available there.

Last Updated: Jul 08, 2010, 18:18 PM IST

New Delhi: With an eye to attract increased
number of Indian students to French universities, France is
planning to hold road shows across the country popularising
the programmes and opportunities available there.

"We are planning to hold road shows, the details of which
would be fixed," said French Ambassador to India Jerome
Bonnafont.

He said Indian students comprise less than one per cent
of the total number of foreign students enrolled in French
universities at present.

About 2.5 lakh foreign students are studying in French
universities, of whom only about 2,000 are from India.

"We are targeting to increasing the number to 4,000 in
the coming years," the Ambassador said.

According to him, Indian students take up engineering and
management programmes in varsities in his country apart from
language and cultural programmes.

Bonnafont said state universities only charge administrative
fee from students.

This year, more than 300 students are being supported
by the French government through its various programmes and
about 57 scholarships were awarded to students today at a
programme sponsored by various French companies.

Orange Business Services gave away scholarships to 13
young engineering graduates who have chosen to pursue
specialisation in IT network, telecommunication engineering
etc.

Others who offered scholarships include BNP Paribas,
Air Liquide, Thales among others.

PTI