Established in 1955 as the"Institut Français d'Indologie, The French Institute of Pondicherry (Institut Français de Pondichéry) is an autonomous French institution under the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), dedicated to the study of Indian civilization and culture, especially the history and the religions of South India. In the 1960s, a department of ecology was set up for a detailed study of the Western Ghats, one of the world’s 34 hotspots for biodiversity. There is also a department of Social Sciences along with the Laboratory of Applied Informatics and Geomatics (LAGI).

The institute has three research libraries containing many niche books and primary research materials. The libraries are open to the curious and scholarly public.

French Institute


11, St Louis St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001, India


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