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. It is a branch of the Institut français en Inde, based in 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.
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  • acess is easy fro ebveryone, beautiful manicured lawn where we drank a much needed coffee, great friendly service. nice and tranquil  more »
  • Nothing much to be said about this building/mansion...we came across this mansion while exploring the French town... It can be easily identified by the bright yellow color of the mansion...it is also ...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Takes you back to the french era ... nice vintage building... lots of books.... and good works are carried out here as part of their research...
  • 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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The bulk of visitors to Pondicherry choose to stay in the east side of town. Close to the sea and the well-maintained waterfront, the old colonial French district features a number of stylish boutique hotels and budget-friendly guesthouses, as well as a solid selection of standard hotels along the newer roads. Ashrams and spa retreats provide an array of additional facilities, usually with sea views and more spacious surroundings to the north of the main city.
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