Two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) were signed between India and France signed in the field of education, focusing on academic collaboration and research. The institutes involved in the partnership included Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Kharagpur, Bombay, Madras, Kanpur, Delhi, Guwahati and Roorkee). Under the first MoU, between France's Institute de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD) and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, a joint laboratory for water sciences would be established in India. Called Indo-French Cell for Water Sciences (IFCWS), or Cellule Franco-Indienne de Recherche en Sciences de l'Eau (CEFIRSE), the lab would focus on research, training and foreign collaborations.
The second agreement was signed between ParisTech and seven Indian Institutes of Technology. The MoU will focus on student exchanges, research collaborations and other academic exchange programmes.It also provides for IITs and ParisTech to participate jointly various European Commission initiatives. A draft of the MoU was prepared and finalized by two countries, to be signed between IIT Rajasthan and France in areas of renewable energy, aerospace and mechanical engineering, among others. The agreements are among the several signed between the two countries during French President Nicolas Sarkozy's current India visit, including a $9.3 billion deal to set up two nuclear reactors in Maharashtra and a pact to upgrade Mirage 2000 fighter aircrafts.
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