Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently visited France, where
India and France have signed 20 agreements in various fields .Below is the list
of agreements/initiatives/announcements signed/agreed during Modi’s visit:
MoU between L&T and AREVA: It is aimed at cost reduction
by increasing localization, to improve the financial viability of Jaitapur
project. It will also enable transfer of technology and development of
indigenous nuclear energy industry in India.
Pre-engineering agreements between NPCIL and Areva: The
PEA studies intend to bring clarity on all technical aspects of the plant so
that all parties (AREVA, Alstom and NPCIL) can firm up their price and
optimize all provisions for risks still included at this stage in the costs
of the project.
MoU between ISRO and CNES on Megha Tropiques: The
Indo-French Megha Tropiques satellite was launched on board the Indian
launch vehicle, PSLV on October 12, 2011. The MoU shall extend by 2 more
years, the joint project for sharing and use of data from the satellite.
‘MOU between ISRO, CNES and ONERA for Ka-band propagation
experiment over Indian tropical region’: The MoU envisages cooperation for
implementation of the project concerning Ka- band propagation experiment
over Indian tropical region. The main objective is to collect Ka-Band
attenuation data using available Ka-Band transmission and perform analysis
along with corresponding radio meter and meteorological data.
Programme between ISRO and French National Centre for
Space Studies (CNES): The Agreement proposes cooperation in the areas of
Satellite Remote sensing, satellite communications and satellite
meteorology; space sciences and planetary exploration; data collection and
location; operations of satellite ground stations and spacecraft mission
management; space research and applications. It covers the potential
cooperation activities such as joint earth observation mission, hosted
payload opportunities and Mars exploration.
MoU on Cooperation between the Ministry of Youth Affairs
and Sports of India and French Ministry of Sports, Youth Affairs, Public
Education and Community Life The MoU envisages cooperation and exchange of
experiences in the fields of sports medicine, institutional cooperation,
development of practice of sports in the context of proximity sports,
support of participation of women and the disabled in sports, management and
coordination of sports federations, training of executives and establishment
of National Institute of Sports in India based on French model of INSEP.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the
field of renewable energy between the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE),
Government of India and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and
Energy, Government of France The understanding reached in this MoU will help
establish the basis for cooperation and relationship to encourage and
promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable energy issues
on the basis of mutual benefits and reciprocity through exchange and
training of technical personnel, exchange of information and data, joint
research and transfer of know-how and technology. It would cover solar,
wind, bio-energy, tidal and wave energy sectors.
Railway protocol between Indian Ministry of Railways and
French National Railways (SNCF): The Protocol seeks to establish cooperation
between Indian and French Railways for semi-high speed rail and station
Guarantee Agreement with AFD Financing of Energy
Efficiency Services Limited (EESL): The Agreement seeks to finance Energy
Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
Administrative Arrangement in the field of Cultural
Heritage: The Administrative Arrangement between the Indian Ministry of
Culture and French Ministry of Culture and Communication, envisages
cooperation in the field of cultural heritage, through training of Indian
heritage conservation professionals at the Institute National du Patrimoine
(INP), a higher education establishment of training for curators and
restorers in the field of heritage in France, as well as Development of
cultural and scientific cooperation in the fields of conservation and
restoration of the heritage, short duration training sessions in India by
INP trainers in Indian institutes and training of French training in India
Letter of Intent on Tourism: LoI for increasing
cooperation in tourism sector signed between India and France aims to
promote sustainable bilateral tourism between the two countries including
through mutual promotion of tourism, ensuring safety of tourists and
encouraging sharing of expertise and best practices. The LoI also seeks to
facilitate twinning of sites having historical, natural and cultural
significance in India and France for promoting them as tourist destinations.
Letter of Intent (LoI) between the Archaeological Survey
of India (ASI) and National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research
(INRAP): The LoI envisages collaboration on preventive archaeology projects,
initiatives to disseminate culture and promote archaeology, training
programmes for specialists of ASI and deployment of expertise, in
particular, in the field of underwater archaeology.
MOU between School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
and National Architecture Institute: The MoU envisages cooperation to
undertake joint planning and geographical studies in India and France and
training of local counterparts in modern urban and regional research as well
as in techniques of scientific methods in Urban and regional planning,
geography, environment, Building engineering and management.
MoU between Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation (IHCN)
and Association Nationale des Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire et villes a
secteurs sauvegardés et protégés (‘ANVPAH’) This MoU envisages cooperation
between to cooperate in the fields of sustainable development, urban
planning, heritage conservation and up-gradation of basic services.
Proposal for twinning of historical monuments: Twinning
of historical monuments is covered under the LoI on Tourism Cooperation.
VIE scheme to allow Indian students in France and French
students in India to stay for a period of 24 months. The Volontariat
International en Entreprise (VIE) scheme offers Indian Visa for 12 months
renewable once for a period of 12 months for 250 French students and a
‘second residence permit’ of 12 months for the Indian students in France
following the 12 months already granted.
Letter of Intent on Ayurveda between Ministry of Ayush
and University of Strasbourg: LoI allows both the parties to strengthen
their relationships and cooperation in the area of Ayurveda education and
research by undertaking academic and research activities, exploring
feasibility of collaborative research, and drawing up strategies for
dissemination of results of completed studies, Conducting joint
workshops/conferences on Ayurveda as complimentary medicine in France
MoU between National Skill Development Agency (NSDA),
India and the National Commission for Vocational Qualifications: The
agreement will facilitate exchange of information and knowledge about
maintenance of qualification registers through information exchanges, visits
and other suitable meetings.
MoU on cooperation in the field of Science & Technology
between Department of Science & Technology of India and the French National
Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS): The MoU is for cooperation between
the two countries in the areas of applied mathematics, physics, Information
& communication technology, water resources and environment, life sciences,
astronomy, climate and energy by exchange of information, organization of
meetings/workshops/seminars, exchange of research personnel; joint projects;
establishment of Virtual Joint Laboratories, and establishment of Joint
MoU between Department of Biotechnology of India and CNRS
and UPMC on Collaboration forestablishment of a National Institute of Marine
Biology and Biotechnology in India: The proposed MoU seeks to establish a
National Institute of Marine Biology and Biotechnology in India, with a Hub
and Spoke network of laboratories
India has been elected to four key subsidiary bodies of the
United Nations’ agency on economic and social issues. India was elected by
acclamation, a form of election that does not use a ballot, to the subsidiary
bodies of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) during its coordination
and management meeting on Wednesday.
With the election wins, India maintained its 100 per cent record
of winning elections held in the United Nations Headquarters here.