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Call to utilise the research activities of French Institute

By Our Staff Reporter

PONDICHERRY, FEB. 26. The Lt. Governor of Pondicherry, M. M. Lakhera, said today that the Union Territory Administration should make an informal arrangement with the French Institute here for protection of environment, promotion of ecology and preservation of the heritage in Pondicherry.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee celebration of the Institute here today the Lt. Governor said that he was really impressed with the very good and highly scholarly research activities of the Institute. The collections preserved on various aspects of ecology, indology and bio- diversity were rare and would not be available anywhere. He felt that the Pondicherry Administration should have made full use of the research works of this renowned institution.

Mr. Lakhera said that the French Government could help Pondicherry Administration in the implementation of infrastructural developmental programmes such as port development and airport expansion.

A Special Economic Zone had been sanctioned for Pondicherry by the Centre and this would encourage Information Technology and its related activities and motor vehicle and spare parts production plants.

Mr.Lakhera declared open the conference hall in the institute named after Jawaharlal Nehru as a highlight of the celebration. (Nehru who was the then Prime Minister had visited he institute with Indira Gandhi on Janaury 16, 1955).

The French Ambassador to India, Dominique Girard, who declared open the "Manuscripts Room" named after Jean Filliozat (the founder Director of the Institute) said that the establishment of the institute here demonstrated the trust and friendship binding the people of France and India. The cultural, technological and scientific relations between France and India had been developing fast. Opportunities had been opening in newer disciplines like ecology and the Institute had established the link between two countries. The French Institute was one of the twenty seven research institutes managed by the French Foreign Affairs Ministry abroad.

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