The Indo-French collaborations takes its strenght from a network of French research centers in India: Indo-French research centers & virtual labs

The Centre For Social Sciences and Humanities, established in Delhi since 1990, is part of the network of 27 research centers of the Minsitry of Foreign affairs, with the joint supervision of the CNRS.

The CSH gathers 30 people around 4 departments : politics and society / risk and territorial dynamics / globalisation and regulation / economics and development. Its mission is to contribute towards a better understanding of the contemporary dynamics of development in India, in the regional and international context.

The CSH has built deep links with indian institutes, universities and think-thank throughout India. Conferences are regularly held in its library, in Delhi.

The Institut Français de Pondichéry is the oldest french research center in India, created in 1955 by the Treaty of Cession of French Territories in India. It is now part of the 27 research centers of the Ministry of Foreign affairs, with. It is also a affiliated research institute of the Pondicherry University, recognised by the Indian University Grant Commission, and qualified by Pandit Nehru of an “open window on France”. Today, IFP counts 80 people, and 4 research departments :Indology / Social Sciences / Ecology /and a transversal laboratory of applied informatics and geomatics.

IFP is a piece of our heritage, with a collection of 8600 palm leaf manuscrit with a majority written in Sanskrit, and an herbarium of more than 27.000 specimen belonging to 4000 species collected from the Indian Western Ghats.

Created in 2001, the Indo-French Cell for Water Sciences (IFCWS) is a collaboration between the Indian Institute of Science (IISc, Bangalore) and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD, France). IFCWS is a major partner of the long-term Indo-French collaboration on remote sensing, using satellites along with large-scale modeling to study land use and land cover changes, global water cycle, climate and monsoon variability, continental hydrology and ocean-atmosphere dynamics. Based at the IISc in Bangalore, it gathers 30 full time scientists and has been working on more than 20 projects since 2010.

The specific themes or research are: Adaptation of pristine & agro- systems to climate & anthropogenic forcing / Continuum ocean-continent-atmosphere: Hydrological cycle & climate variability / Environmental biotechnology and bioremediation / Urban catchments & water systems. IFCWS became a Joint International Laboratory in 2010. Since 2014, it also involves the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO, Goa), the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM, Pune) and six French Research Units as princi-pal partners.

The Indo French Center for Groundwater Research, inaugurated in 1999 in Hyderabad, is a collaborative structure between the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad, India and the Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minères (BRGM).

Its twelve researchers are led by three main questions: 1/ How groundwater is recharged in areas where the fractured basements is  covered with weathered rock. 2/ How boreholes can be best located to tap the acceptable quality of groundwater. 3/ What is the best management strategy to exploit the aquifer yields, minimize the losses, and how can this yield be developed by artificially increasing the recharge. In this respect, methods used include geological mapping, hydraulic tests, geophysics tools and geostatistics.

The Indo-French Centre for Applied Mathematics (IFCAM) has been jointly set up by the Indian and French Governments at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore as an international joint research unit (UMI). IFCAM is designed as a platform for cooperation in mathematical sciences.

IFCAM funds joint research projects between Indian and French investigators, exchange visits of faculty and students, exploratory visits, post-doctoral fellowships, joint research workshops, annual summer/winter school, and visits by Indian researchers (particularly from universities and colleges) to IFCAM. In 2014, IFCAM has been funding 12 research projects and organising a Summer School that aims at introducing Indian students to some of the modern concepts in applied mathematics.

The Indo-French scientific collaboration also takes its strength from an ensemble of12 Joint Labs.

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