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CNRS office in India

Located in the Science and Technology service of the French Embassy, the CNRS office in New Delhi started its activities on February 1st 2011. The presence of an office in India expresses the will of the CNRS to strengthen its partnership with this country.

The main objectives of the CNRS office in India are :

• Reinforce the CNRS partnerships with Indian institutional partners.

• Develop the best partnership by assisting to the creation of structuring collaboration (UMI, LIA, GDRI).

• Initiate new collaborations through a good knowledge of the Indian scientific ecosystem.

• Contribute to increase the number of Indian doctoral students in the CNRS laboratories.

Key figures for CNRS in India

677 publications with India in 2013-2014 (71% of India co-publications with France)


597 visits of CNRS researchers in 2015

347 Indian PhD students in CNRS units

148 Indian post-doctorants in CNRS units in 2014


One mixed unit (UMI) : Indo-French Centre for Applied Mathematics

This Joint research Unit (UMI) created in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology has been settled in Bangalore, as a center of the Indian Institute of Science. Its main objective is to offer a platform to the applied mathematicians of both countries, which will allow them to collaborate on projects within the fields of partial differential equations, control theory, computing sciences, statistical physics, dynamic systems, mathematical biology and modeling large networks.

Partners : CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, INRIA, Nice Sophia-Antipolis and Paul Sabatier Universities / Indian Institute of Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Indian Institutes of Technology… UMI IFCAM Signature Ceremony at CNRS, 29 November 2012 © CNRS

Eight International Associated Laboratories (LIA)

LIA “Joint Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at Interfaces (JLSCI)”

CNRS, Université Rennes 1 / Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (Hyderabad), Council of Science and Industrial Research

LIA “Indo-French Laboratory “CATalysis for Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry” (CATSEC)

CNRS, University Lille 1, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie Lille, Ecole Centrale Lille, Université d’Artois / National Chemical Laboratory, Council of Science and Industrial Research

LIA “Indian-French Laboratory of Solid State Chemistry (IFLaSC or LaFICS)”

CNRS, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d‘Ingénieurs de Caen, Université de Strasbourg, Université de Caen Basse Normandie / Indian Institute of Science

LIA “French-Indian International Associated Laboratory for Nuclear Science (FI-NS)”

CNRS, Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique / Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research

LIA “Indo French Formal Method Laboratory (INFORMEL)”

CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure Cachan, Université Bordeaux 1 Sciences et Technologies, Université Bordeaux 2 Segalen, Institut Polytechnique Bordeaux / Chennai Mathematical Institute, Institute of Mathematical Science Chennai, Indian Institute of Science

LIA “Systems Immunology and Genetics of Infectious Diseases (SIGID)”

CNRS, Inserm, Institut Pasteur Lille, Université Lille 2, Université Pierre et Marie Curie / Department of Biotechnology, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

LIA “Systems Biology of Tissue Mechanics (SysTiM) ”

CNRS, NCBS (National Center for Biological ) and the University of Aix Marseille

LIA “Indo-French collaboration in Theoretical High Energy Physics (IFTHEP)”

CNRS, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Université Paris Sud, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives and The Indian Institute of Science

TWO UMIFRE (joint French Ministry of Foreign Affairs-CNRS research unit)

The Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH)

The overall objective of the CSH is to examine India as an emerging power on the international scene, and to analyze the various transition processes that affect India and the South Asian region.

The research activities are thus focused on four main areas : • Economic reforms and sustainable development • Politics and society • Regional dynamics in South Asia and international relations • Urban dynamics

The French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)

The aim of the Institute is to deploy its resources for projects in South and South-East Asia.

Fields of research : • Indology : Indian Society, History and Culture : Sources and Resources • Social Sciences : Contemporary Social Dynamics • Ecology : Environment and Sustainable Development

CNRS Cooperation in India