Bangalore: French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday wooed Indian students to study in his country, citing
opportunities in the field of cutting-edge research.
In an address at ISRO Satellite Centre here on the first
day of his India visit, he said India`s youth are eager to
seek higher education and tens of thousands of young Indians
are studying abroad mostly in English-speaking countries.
"I would like to reiterate France`s wish to expand ties
with Indian universities, we are providing special support to
the Indian Institute of Technology Rajasthan, in Jodhpur," he
"France also wants to host more Indian students. It can
educate and train young Indians in cutting-edge research," the
French President said.
Stating that the Fields Medals awarded in Hyderabad a few
weeks ago testify to the excellence of French scientists, he
added that university reform and research he has commissioned
are bearing fruit, and he invited India`s youth to learn more
"We have also established a specific system to
accommodate foreign students in France. I hope that by 2012 we
will have tripled the number of Indian students in France,
compared with 2007," Sarkozy said.