India – the land of inquisitive and fastidious scholars with great intellectual endowment in the ancient times – made some of the major contributions in terms of scientific inventions and discoveries over the last many millennia. Ranging from some of the most important inventions such as that of ‘zero’ by the notable mathematician Aryabhatta, the introduction of the decimal system, the Brahmi numerals, the Fibonacci numbers as known to have been introduced by Pingala and later the mathematicians Gopala, Virahanka and Hemachandra to Sushruta Samhita’s contribution to the plastic surgery discipline in the form of rhinoplasty, the introduction of Ayurveda by Charaka, the development of the revolutionary steel alloy known as the wootz steel, etc. – India has offered numerous findings, innovations and theories that serve as the rudiments of contemporary science and technology.
India, with some of its leading educational and research establishments, is currently working in collaboration with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique or CNRS in France to be able to proffer scores of noteworthy scientific concepts and developments in times to come.
Located in the Institut Français en Inde of the French Embassy, the CNRS office in New Delhi started its activities on February 1st, 2011. The presence of an office in India expresses the will of the CNRS to strengthen its partnership with this country.
The main objectives of the CNRS office in India are:
• Reinforce the CNRS partnerships with its Indian institutional partners.
• Develop the best partnership by assisting in the creation of structuring collaboration (UMI, LIA, GDRI).
• Initiate new collaborations through a good knowledge of the Indian scientific ecosystem.
• Contribute to increase the number of Indian doctoral students in the CNRS laboratories.