National Institute of Design (NID) and universities in France are all set to join hands in a bid to boost research in design. The proposal was discussed during French ambassador Francois Richier’s visit to the premier design institute on Tuesday.
Richier and NID director Pradyumna Vyas said they have initiated a process to chalk out the details of the centre, which would promote collaborative research work among students and faculties of both countries.
Vyas said students from the institute go to the French universities under various student exchange programmes. “The centre is being planned to sustain efforts started under student exchange programme. If there is a centre in India and France, it could act as a crucial point where students and faculties will get a platform to conduct research. This will also boost collaborative research,” said Vyas.
Richier, who interacted with NID students, talked about initiatives being taken by the embassy to encourage more students from India to obtain scholarships in France. During the interaction, students raised questions regarding the deadline to avail of scholarship benefit, which follows an academic calendar that includes engineering among others. According to them, design and photography students cannot apply for scholarship since they are busy completing their academic year, hence missing out on the deadline.
Richier said that they would think about ways to include more design students. “It is an excellence-oriented scholarship and meritorious students should get it. However, we would like to see the participation of students of all disciplines, be it engineering, mathematics or design,” he said.
The ambassador further said that they would also help students get visas and jobs in French companies once the course is completed. With an effort to come up with a central point for all assistance, they are also planning to set up Alliance Française in Dehradun, Lucknow and Indore next year.