Consul General of France in Puducherry Phillippe Janvier Kamiyama today said that the Pondicherry French Institute (IFP) promotes intercultural exchanges and comforts people and give the best weapon of enlightened curiosity and tolerance during the present period ,too often marked by obscurantism and unleashed violence.
Speaking at the 60th anniversary celebtations of the IFP here today,Kamiyama said IFP is a unique scientific platform in India, essential to our knowledge of this immense country of which it provides not only a scientific and rigorous perspective but also a benevolent and enlightened one.He lauded the IFP for promoting research in the filed of Indology,Ecology and social science for the past 60 years.The consul general said Pondicherry has provided a particularly fertile ground for flourishing IFP’s activities, which one can appreciate more than ever the scientific reach and also of a more political the importance in the relations between France and India.
He said over the years, the expertise of IFP has not only developed but was legitimized by its quality in academic circles. The Indology, of course, remains a key spearhead its research activity and the institute provides researchers with a incomparable place for meetings and exchanges between Western and Indian researchers, who confront their studies and their methods, and confluence their views on a matter of the greatest wealth.
Emphasizing that the work of collection of about 8500 ancient texts engraved on palm leaves, which UNESCO has elevated to the status of Humanity’s heritage, he said this has had a positive impact both on research which was able to draw from the best sources, but also for the preservation of the memory of a civilization whose pundits continue to collaborate with the institute.
As many as 150 scholars from different universities of the country besides France and England participated in the function and presented research papers .
Subsequent to the terrorist attack in Paris,the two day function was cut-short to one day.The participants also observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the victims of the attack in Paris.