Royal Opera House, one of the most prominent Grade II Heritage Architectural Marvel in Mumbai witnessed an exclusive event on 23rd March 2017. The France Alumni West India Network was launched at Royal Opera House venue. The French Counsellor for Cultural Affairs, Bertrand de Hartingh in the presence of the Consul General of France in Mumbai, Yves Perrin launched the event.
The launch saw a panel discussion with three alumni from diverse fields sharing how France and French education shaped their career. Alumni from France took part in this event along with members from the French Consulate, directors from the Alliance Francaise West India region, representatives from the French Schools and Indian Universities and CEOs from French companies operating in India.
The Embassy of France in India announced the launch of France Alumni network in western India. France Alumni is a multilingual online platform that connects professionals who have completed a part of or all their higher studies in the French education system.
It may be noted that France Alumni India was first launched in September 2016 by French Ambassador H.E. Alexandre Ziegler in Delhi, while Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, launched the South India section in Bengaluru in January 2017.
Furthermore, an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, France Alumni was unveiled in Paris by Campus France in November 2014.
About Institut français
The Institut français is in charge of implementing France’s cultural action abroad. The agency was set up by the July 27, 2010 French Foreign Cultural Action Act and its enabling decree of December 30, 2010.
Its prime role is to act as the conduit for a new, more ambitious “diplomacy of influence”, within the framework of French governmental policies and priorities, Under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It helps to promote French influence abroad through greater dialogue with foreign cultures, while responding to the needs of France via a policy of listening, partnership and openness to other cultures. The Institut français replaces the Culturesfrance association, with the legal status of a “Public Industrial and Commercial Undertaking”.
About Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House, also known as Opera House is India’s only surviving Opera House. its foundation stone was laid during the British Rule in 1909 and King George V inaugurated the building in 1911 while the building was still under construction. The Opera House was acquired in 1952 by Maharaja Bhojrajsingh of Gondal, an erstwhile princely state in Gujrat . The Maharaja took the property on a 999-year lease and attempted to run it as a self-sustaining commercial enterprise.
Report: Sitaram Mewati