French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said on Wednesday that France aims to host 20,000 Indian students by 2025. “To achieve this goal, we need to attract, every year, between 7,500 and 8,000 students and, to therefore, increase the real figure by 50. %. He is very ambitious. But between India and France, the sky is the limit.” said Colonna, the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France in an interaction with the students of Lady Shri Ram College.
He reported that they have recovered from the pandemic-induced drop in the number of Indian students going to France and that its appeal among Indian students is “as strong as ever”.
“France will host in 2022 almost the same number of Indian students as in 2019, during which more than 5,000 students have completed their long-stay study procedure in France,” he said.
Colonna also praised France’s financial aid efforts for students, which also benefited a number of Indians. “France provided unprecedented support through scholarships, with a record €1.6 million this year benefiting 500 Indian students.” The scholarships were sponsored by private companies through the French Indian Education Trust.
During her discussion with the students, she emphasized the need for gender equality not only in education, but also internationally. “I think we (men and women) are complimentary. And the world would be in better balance and harmony if there were more women in key positions,” she said.
Ahead of the 25th anniversary of India-France strategic relations in 2023, he underlined 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 with the world, whether it’s our great appreciation for the beauty and refinement of 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. He will also hold talks with External Affairs 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 minister’s visit to the institute.