Two years ago the International Office of INSA Strasbourg was contacted by the French Embassy in New Delhi announcing that the Krishnakriti foundation was willing to offer a fellowship to two young Indian architects or architecture students to study at INSA Strasbourg for one semester. In fact, Prshant Lahoti, director of the Kalakriti Art Gallery, set up this foundation with other trustees with the noble intention to support the education of art students. His wish is now to open the fellowship to architecture students.
At the end of October 2016, Christelle Gress and I travelled to New Delhi in order to sign the grant agreement with our institutional partners in India: Mr Prshant Lahoti, managing trustee of the Krishnakriti Foundation and Mr Bertrand de Arting, Cultural Counsellor at the French Embassy.
After the signature of the agreement a beautiful intercultural reception was organized and we had the opportunity to exchange with many people: artists, architects and staff members of the French Cultural Institute which we appreciated very much.
Within the framework of this new fellowship program we are very pleased to welcome two Indian grant holders during the next Fall semester starting in September 2017.
We are also close to signing another Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the School of Planning and Architecture (New Delhi) from which we met some very motivated colleagues during our stay in India.
This new collaboration usefully complements the MOU signed between APIED (Arvindbhai Patel Institute of Environmental Design) and INSA Strasbourg in 2013. This partnership has made it possible for us to welcome four Indian exchange students in the department of architecture at INSA Strasbourg.
Anke Vrijs, artist and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Art History
Christelle Gress, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering (Structures)