JOINT RESEARCH UNITS BETWEEN THE FRENCH MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND CNRS (UMIFRE)
As a research centre, the overall objective of the CSH is to examine the various transition processes that affect India and the South Asian region along with the impacts of globalisation.
The research fields cover the entire spectrum of Social Sciences and Humanities (economics, political science, international relations, international law, geography, demography, sociology, anthropology and other areas).
The main mission of the CSH is to contribute to the development and circulation of social science knowledge, based on a multi-disciplinary approach, on India and South Asian countries and societies.
With around 80 staff members, the IFP is the biggest and oldest UMIFRE research centre abroad.
Inaugurated in 1955, it has long standing and strong collaborations with Indian institutions to carry out research of excellence in Sanskrit and Tamil studies, social sciences, ecology, and remote sensing/information technology.
The IFP is a project leader and partner, acknowledged by internatio- nal funding agencies. Its research is supported by its unique collec- tions (UNESCO-labelled palm leaf manuscripts, photos, herbarium, pollens, maps,..), its library (more than 70,000 documents) and its own publications.