There are 17 Alliances Françaises on the Indian subcontinent: 16 are located in India (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Karikal, Kolkata, Mahe, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pondicherry, Pune and Trivandrum) and 1 in Nepal. The AF network is placed under the auspices of the Délégation Générale de l’Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal (DGAF).
The current Délégué Général is Mr Jean-Philippe Bottin and the Délégué Général adjoint is Mr Jean-Manuel Duhaut, respectively director of AF Delhi and AF Hyderabad. The DGAF act as coordinators of the Alliances network in India and are the main contacts between them and the Institut Français. The DGAF works closely with Institut Français on the staging of various events for the Alliance Française (itinerant exhibitions, scientific conventions, etc.) within the Indian network, but also on organizing the different teaching activities, on training the teachers and on supervising the DELF and DALF examinations which certify the students’ level in French.
This coordinating role also results in the two meetings of the national Alliances network held each year (in April and October), to which the Institut français takes part. During the rest of the year, both Délégué Général remain in close contact with all the other Alliances’ directors.