Areas of collaboration
Québec’s efforts to establish collaborative relations with India are essentially focused on the priorities set out in Québec’s International Policy :
- Building a more prosperous Québec by supporting Québec companies in their efforts to develop the Indian market, notably in the information technology, energy and bio-food industry sectors.
- Contributing to a more sustainable, just and secure world by promoting human rights and green energy as well as the preventing radicalization leading to violence.
- Promoting Québec’s creativity, culture, knowledge and specificity by encouraging research and innovation partnerships, promoting Québec artists and facilitating university exchanges with and Québec studies in India.
Building a more prosperous Québec
India is Québec’s number-four trade partner in Asia, after China, Japan and South Korea. Trade with India grew constantly between 2005 and 2016, from $580 million to $1.59 billion.
For more information on trade, please consult the International Trade Data Online section of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
Québec’s sectors of excellence in India are information and communication technologies, environmental services and technologies, energy, entertainment, tourism and the bio-food industry.
Contributing to a more sustainable, just and secure world
The themes of the environment, the fight against climate change and renewable energies are front and centre of relations between Québec and India. Several missions by Québec in India were based on these themes, as were a number of university cooperation projects arising from cooperation between Québec and India.
More recently, constructive discussions on human rights and freedoms were held between Québec and India, taking into account the respective realities of India and Québec.
Promoting Québec’s creativity, culture, knowledge and specificity
Research, innovation and knowledge development
India is also a high priority for the Government of Québec in the area of research and innovation. Special emphasis is placed on the states of Karnataka (Bangalore), Maharashtra (Mumbai, Pune) and Tamil Nadu (Chennai) and the Territory of Delhi, as they are home to the leading Indian partners in science and technology. The fields of information and communications technology (ICT), the environment and sustainable development, and life sciences are of particular interest for research centres and innovative companies.
Higher education and youth
Various institutions of higher learning in Québec and India have signed bilateral agreements, and Québec is home to research centres and academic chairs devoted to India, including the Pôle de recherche sur l’Inde et l’Asie du Sud (PRIAS – research hub on India and South Asia) at Université de Montréal and the Centre d’études et de recherche sur l’Inde et l’Asie du Sud (CERIAS – study and research centre on India and South Asia) at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). In Delhi, a course on Québec is offered each year by the Centre of French and Francophone Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
The Government of Québec also offers a certain number of exemptions from differential tuition fees to Indian students, while the Government of Maharashtra grants a few bursaries to Québec students wishing to study in India.
A number of youth internships are also available through a partnership with Les offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ).
Each year, dozens of Québec artists travel to India for tours, festivals and private initiatives. They represent disciplines ranging from the performing and visual arts to literature, music and film.
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