They were welcomed by Dr Chandrasekar, director of the CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT), as well as the manager of the Indo-French International Research Laboratory Natural Products and Synthesis towards Affordable Health (NPSAH).
The delegation included Ms Catherine Morin-Desailly, Senator in charge of the "Culture, Education and Communication" committee, and the senators Ms Brigitte Gonthier-Maurin, Ms Françoise Laborde, Ms Vivette Lopez, Ms Danièle Michel, Ms Sylvie Robert, Mr Michel Savin, as well as Mr François Gautier, Consul General of France, Ms Charlotte Deregnaucourt, administrator, Dr Jérôme Bove, scientific attaché, and Hemangini Rakshit, press officer at the Consulate General of France in Bangalore.
Université de Rennes 1 and India
Université de Rennes 1 has been working with India for several years and in the fields of chemistry, economics and management in particular. The university recently signed a cooperation agreement with Pondichery University and has been involved in an International Associated Laboratory (LIA) in chemistry which has been in existence since 2008.
The university awarded professor Goverdhan Mehta of the International Council for Science in India the title of Docteur Honoris Causa in 2008, as well as professor Jhillu Singh Yadav of the CSIR-IICT and director of the LIA in 2015.
In 2015, professor René Grée, of Université de Rennes 1, received the title of Honorary Fellow awarded by the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI). He was also awarded the title of Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India.