The French Institute of Pondicherry
:Institut français de Pondichéry
) UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE, is a financially autonomous institution under the joint supervision of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
and the French National Centre for Scientific Research
. It is an integral part of the network of 27 research centres connected with this ministry. It is also part of the research unit 3330 "Savoirs et Mondes Indiens" of the CNRS, along with the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) in New Delhi.
Established under the terms of the Treaty of Cession of French Territories in India
, the French Institute of Pondicherry was inaugurated on 21 March 1955. It was initially engaged, under the leadership of its first director (Jean Filliozat
), in the study of Indian civilization and culture, and more particularly in the history and the religions of South India
In the 1960s, a department of ecology was created to collect information on the conditions and evolution of the environment in South India (vegetation, soils, climate changes,...) with its focus on the Western Ghats, one of the world’s 34 hotspots for biodiversity
With the setting up of the department of Social Sciences in the 1980s, the Institute also extended its interest to the evolution and dynamics of the Indian society.
The development of research and the necessity to support it with modern methodologies and instruments, led to the creation of a Laboratory of Applied Informatics... Read More