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French Institute, Pondicherry

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The French Institute of Pondicherry UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE is a French financially autonomous institution in Puducherry, India, under the joint supervision of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the French National Centre for Scientific Research . It is a part of the network of 27 research centres connected with the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. It is also part of the research unit 3330 "Savoirs et Mondes Indiens" of the CNRS, along with the Centre de Sciences Humaines in New Delhi.HistoryEstablished under the terms of the Treaty of Cession of French Territories in India, the French Institute of Pondicherry was inaugurated on 21 March 1955 under the name "Institut Français d'Indologie". It was engaged, under the leadership of its first director (Jean Filliozat), in the study of Indian civilization and culture, and more particularly in the history and the religions of South India.In the 1960s, a department of ecology was created to collect information on the conditions and evolution of the environment in South India (vegetation, soils, climate changes, etc.) with its focus on the Western Ghats, one of the world’s 34 hotspots for biodiversity.With the setting up of the department of Social Sciences in the 1980s, the institute extended its interest to the evolution and dynamics of the Indian society.The Laboratory of Applied Informatics and Geomatics (LAIG) was set up in the 1990s.
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  • Well worth a visit if only to view a lovely building. We were doing some research in Pondi and the staff here are both helpful and extremely knowledgeable. Nothing too much trouble.  more »
  • You have to have prior permission to visit this place of research which is under the joint supervision of the French Foreign ministry,International Development (MAEDI) & CNRS-French national centre fo...  more »
  • The French Institute is run by Alliance Francaise and they are the leading chain of French Language institutions. It is located near the Rock beach and just opposite to the Promenade.  more »
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  • Its a great institute with old artifacts and it stood as connection between two great nations...
  • Rare collection of oldest books, palm leaves, etc are available for reference.
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