French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian emphasised on growing student mobility between India and France
At an event held at the French Embassy on Tuesday, France’s foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the country has set a target of having 20,000 Indian students by 2025. According to officials at the French embassy, there were 10,000 Indian nationals studying in the country in 2019.
Le Drian said that the objective was to bring French and Indian youth even closer, by supporting students during their stay in France. He added that he shares a strong relationship with his counterpart, the Indian minister of external affairs S. Jaishankar.
At the event, the minister was appointing 15 alumni ambassadors chosen from the France Alumni Network to boost student mobility between the two nations. These alumni have pursued studies in the fields of science, management, art, culinary and social sciences, and have become leaders in their fields. They signed a charter engaging them in the Alumni Ambassadorship Programme.
The alumni ambassadors then shared their experience of living in France and suggested ideas to improve student mobility between the countries.
Le Drian is on a three-day visit to India where apart from meeting Jaishankar, he is also expected to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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