The Exchange Programme holds between two research institutes in which
undergraduate and graduate studies take place:
Chennai Mathematical Institute /
/ Ecole Normale Supérieure
Ecole Normale Supérieure
(ENS for short) in Paris, France; and:
Chennai Mathematical Institute
(CMI for short) in Madras (= Chennai), India
In general, the ENS students visit Madras during the last year of their
studies at ENS, at the beginning of their PhD. The CMI students visit Paris
during the third year of the Undergraduate Program. In both cases, the
visit duration is of approximately 7-8 weeks.
The CMI students visiting Paris work under the direction of a professor in
a specialized direction close to contemporary research, write a scientific
report in latex and at the end of their stay, give a one hour talk about
what they learned. [In parallel, they can attend French language courses at
the "Alliance Française", in continuation to what they began in
Madras at least 6 months before coming to France; some CD-ROM learning
technology is also available at the "Departement of Mathematics and
The ENS students visiting Madras give lectures inside the CMI undergraduate
program. They arrive at the beginning of a semester,
and teach the beginning of a core course. The course is continued by a CMI
teacher after the student comes back to France. It happens also that
students give lectures outside this undergraduate
program, e.g. at a graduate level. Moreover, French students (that are
usually preparing a PhD) give research lectures, and visit other Indian
institutes or universities (in Pondicherry, Bangalore, Bombay and sometimes
Delhi). During these trips, they usually deliver talks to an audience of researchers and
students (many Indian students seem to be interested in preparing a PhD
abroad, and this is an opportunity to create contacts).
Traditionally, the ENS supports both the French students' Paris-Madras
round trip airplane tickets, and the living expenses for the Indian guests
in France. Reciprocally, the CMI supports both the Indian student's
Madras-Paris round trip airplane tickets, and (in general), the living
expenses in India for the French guests in India.
The following institutions are to be thanked for their financial
Direction des Relations Internationales de l'ENS.
Département de Mathématiques et Applications de l'ENS.
Magistère de Mathématiques Fondamentales et Appliquées et
d'Informatique de l'ENS.
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique).
Each student that takes part to this exchange program writes, when (s)he's
back, a report. Each of these reports is under the only responsability of
Lecture Notes and Slide Talks
Students are strongly encouraged to carefully write down scientific texts.
A few useful links
French embassy in India.
Edufrance, for people interested in
studying in France.