The agreement between France and India for the Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications signed during President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to India in 2018, has come into force on May 1, 2019. The agreement was inked on March 10, 2018, during the India -France Knowledge Summit for university, scientific and technological cooperation.

“This will benefit Indian students aspiring to study in France and French students wishing to study in India. Both governments will recognise their degrees. Over the past few years, our country has taken several steps to facilitate student exchange between India and France. With this MoU we have reached an important milestone. Besides encouraging student mobility, the Agreement will promote excellence in higher education through regular exchanges between Indian and French universities,” said Ambassador of France Alexandre Ziegler.

As per the signed agreement, several certification offered by government-approved institutions are now recognised by the French government. The list include: All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE), CBSE, state boards, pre–university (PU) or any equivalent qualification recognised by the GOI, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and PhD.

The educational qualifications recognised by the French Ministry of Higher Education which are now recognised by the Indian government include: Baccalauréat (equivalent to AISSCE), License (equivalent to bachelor’s in India), master’s and master’s level qualifications (equivalent to master’s in India), Doctorat (equivalent to PhD in India). Professional degrees such as Law, Medicine or other professions regulated by a professional council are excluded.

The mutual recognition of AISSCE and Baccalauréat degrees will enable students to advance their studies in both French and Indian educational systems and improve mobility between two countries.

The French Government currently invests 1 million euros (Rs 7 crore) in over 500 scholarships for Indian students every year. The French embassy founded Franco-Indian Education Trust in 2017 to further increase scholarships.

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