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French science institute to tie up with city colleges

mumbai Updated: Oct 12, 2009 01:05 IST
Kiran Wadhwa
Kiran Wadhwa
Hindustan Times
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Ecole Polytechnique, the elite post-graduate science and technology institute from France, is looking to tap talent from Mumbai’s top colleges.

A delegation from the institute has been meeting college authorities for tie-ups. It has already forged ties with colleges like Presidency College in Kolkata and St Stephen’s in Delhi and conducts entrance exams for study courses in these cities.

The institute will hold an entrance exam for its post-graduate courses in Mumbai in February. Students, who make the cut, will get full funding from travel to tuition.

“We fund the entire course because we want to develop a strong alumni in India,” said Jean-Marc Deshouillers, chairman of examination committees. “In India, France is not considered as a destination by students because of the language problem.

It’s this we want to change.”

The delegation has tied up with four colleges known for their science streams: St Xavier’s College, Ruia College, Jai Hind College and Wilson College.

“For the admission process, recommendations from colleges we have tied up carry more weightage,” added Deshouillers.

Colleges feel that a tie up will help boost interest in pure sciences. “The full funding, the brand and the institute’s impressive alumni will attract bright students and hopefully increase the interest in the pure science streams,” said Kirti Narain, principal of Jai Hind College.