Institutional partnership is based primarily on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2011 between the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) and the Pondicherry University, and validated by the University Grant Commission (UGC) in New Delhi. As an autonomous college and research center affiliated to Pondicherry University, the IFP can develop educational and research activities through direct partnerships with Indian universities, and to award diplomas recognized in India.
For the forthcoming session in 2014, we plan to expand the bilateral academic cooperation between France and India through the signature of a new MoU between IFP, Pondicherry University (Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy), EHESS and Center for South Asian Studies (CEIAS-CNRS, Paris), as well as other French research institutions, such as the IRD and and its research unit Development Institutions and Globalization (DIAL). These French centres are the main funders of this event. Hesam Université has also funded the Winter School.