75 Years of Indo-French Scientific Partnership

The History of Indo-French Scientific Partnership project is a flagship project of the French Embassy in India to document scientific exchanges and collaborations between France and India.

Bombay plague epidemic, 1896-1897 interior of a temporary hospital for plague victims.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London
Passage de Vénus: Transit of Venus as photographed by Jules Janessen in 1874.
IAF Mystere taking off with drop tanks.
Credit: United Service Institution of India
A plague house in Bombay.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London
Herbarium sheet from Institut Francais Pondicherry
Credit: IFP Archives
 Ariane Passenger PayLoad Experiment (APPLE), India’s first experimental communication satellite developed via Indo-French collaboration was launched by  Ariane-1, from Kourou, French Guiana on June 19, 1981.

The project has, over the year, explored roles and responsibilities that each country played in the scientific development of the other and the shared scientific comradery.

Scientific Cooperation

Oral History

Oral History Interviews help us see history as it happened from the eyes of people who witnessed it or were a part of it. These are an essential part of our archival research and are unique to this project.

The Project




Hours of Planetarium Shows


Focus Areas


Years of Scientific Exchange

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris


The Project revisits the scientific history of India and the contemporary world as we reinvestigate the relationship between France and India. Focus areas through which we reinterpret the enchantment of science are:

  • Astronomy
  • Space Sciences
  • Physics
  • Nuclear Sciences
  • Cosmic Ray Research
  • Aviation
  • Immunology
  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine
  • Biodiversity Research
  • Cartography
  • Visual Analytics

Our Research Partners

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