Friday, October 30, 2015

Indo-French MoU on Digital Preservation and Conservation of Written Heritage - K.J.S.Chatrath

The Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Ms. Sreya Guha and the President of National Library of France, Mr. Bruno Racine exchange the signed documents of an MoU on Digital Preservation and Conservation of Written Heritage at National Library, Kolkata on October 28, 2015.

Photo credit: PIB 

New Delhi, 28 October 2015
Indian and France signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conserve, develop and publicize written heritage, at the National Library in Kolkata today. Smt Sreya Guha, Joint Secretary (Library) in the Ministry of Culture and Mr. Bruno Racine, President of the National Library of France signed the MoU on behalf of their respective countries.This will entail development of digital co-operation, sharing of technical and other expertise, competency and skill-building and cultural co-operation between the two countries.

The MoU will assist a programme on digitization of old manuscripts and documents, begun in France seven years ago, as it will make it possible for gaining their experience and high –quality expertise in this field. Smt. Guha said that the Ministry of Culture is emphasizing on the project of building a National Virtual Library in India which will store and share numerous manuscripts, archives, artworks etc and this co-operation will go a long way in efficient implementation of this project.

The National Virtual Library will link and share all knowledge resources lying within the possession of various government institutes and other organizations of both the countries. France is also keen to avail India’s assistance in sorting out, deciphering and gaining a better insight into their collection of the several thousands of Indian documents, especially in Sanskrit and Tamil languages,that are archived in their possession. Mr. Racine mentioned a number of correspondences between Rabindranath Tagore and French scholar Sylvan Levin lying with them. All these can be made a part of the digital collection, he said. Mr. Racine disclosed that a number of joint Indo-French symposia and conferences in connection with this are lined up.

The Director General of National Library, Dr. Arun Kumar Chakraborty and the new Consul-General of France in Kolkata, who were also present on the occasion, said that capacity and skill building programmes under the agreement will give a boost to Make In India and Skill India programmes.

 Source of the text: Press Information Bureau, Govt. of India.

* * * 


Thursday, October 29, 2015

'Apply for French Eiffel Fellowships' by K.J.S.Chatrath

  "Eiffel scholarships

Applications will be open until January 8th 2016.
The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme was established by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development to enable French higher education establishments to attract top foreign students to enrol in their master’s and PhD courses.

It helps to shape the future foreign decision-makers of the private and public sectors, in priority areas of study, and encourages applications from emerging countries at master’s level, and from emerging and industrialized countries at PhD level.

Calendar Session 2016

  • Opening of the call for applications: October 15th, 2015
  • Deadline for receipt of applications by Campus France : January 8th, 2016
  • Announcement of results: Week of March 21th, 2016



Only the French higher education institutions may submit candidature files.
  • You are a establishment and you have participated in the Eiffel excellence fellowship program ; You should have received an email indicating you how to download the application files. Otherwise contact us.
  • You are a establishment and you are participating for the first time in the Eiffel excellence fellowship program
     Contact us for access to application files."
  •  Campus France - Programme Eiffel
    28 rue de la Grange-aux-Belles
    75010 Paris
    Contact us.

 Readers of this blog are advised to contact the following website for detailed information:


 * * * 


Monday, October 26, 2015

See 'The Others' by Olivier Culman


Sunday, October 25, 2015

'The French love their language as much as their food' by K.J.S.Chatrath

(Source: The internet)

“The French use various expressions in everyday conversations that are more or less in conjunction with food. Some of them are funny and not just common sayings, more so colloquial and slang that are used sometimes in fashion and sometimes not so. Examples such as à toutes les sauces (lit: with all the sauces): in all sorts of ways, avoir une faim de loup (to have the hunger of a wolf): to be ravenous/starving hungry, les carottes sont cuites (lit: the carrots are cooked): I’ve had it/that’s enough”

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

'Felicitations Monsieur Justin Trudeau'- by K.J.S.Chatrath

Monsiur Justin Trudeau 

42 year old Monsieur Justin Trudeau, who has just won elections to become the next P.M. of Canada is being OOH-AAH- ed as the most handsome world leader of today.
 Late M. Pierre Trudeau

Some of us might remember that his father, late Pierre Trudeau who too was the P.M. of Canada, too was dashingly handsome and had travelled in India before becoming the P.M.

We look forward to welcoming you in India Monsieur Justin Trudeau.
. . . . . 

May I invite my readers to see my photo articles on Canadian Rockies in Canada that I visited a few months back:

(i) ‘Sizzling Tandoor Restaurant, Victoria, Canada’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

(ii)‘Canadian Rockies, Canada’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

(iii) ‘Winter Olympic Games 2010 podium, Canadian Rockies, Canada’ by K.J.S.Chatrath
(iv) ‘Fooling around in the Canadian Rockies’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

(v) ‘Painting/photo in Vancouver cemetery, Canada’ by K.J.S.Chatrath;

May I invite you to visit my websites & blogs?