The Pune Centre, India

Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient
Deccan College
Pune 411006, India
Tel.: + 91 20 669 39 04

The EFEO Center in Pune, Maharashtra, the great university city of western India known under the British as Poona, was set up in 1964. The establishment of the EFEO on the campus of Deccan College, a distinguished teaching and research institution well-known for its rich library resources, was formalized under an agreement between the two institutions signed in 1997.

At the outset the aim of the Center was primarily to further studies on modern Indo-Aryan languages and literature. Since the early 1990's the Center has also hosted research in several areas.

Current research program:

  • Sanskrit treatises on logic and exegesis
  • Contemporary religions
  • The Maratha language
  • Indian treatises on mathematics

Work has also been carried out on the application of new technologies to philology, especially the adaptation of computer Internet languages (html, xml, xsl, etc.) to Sanskrit and other Indian languages.

The Center also houses a collection of Marathi literature and basic reference works for Indian studies. Visiting scholars including fellowship holders and doctoral candidates also have access to the library resources of Deccan College.

News from the Pondicherry centre
Colloquium in Memory of Pandit Varada Desikan
23 JUNE 23 A  hybrid mini-conference is planned to mark the birth centenary of Pandit Varada Desikan on 23rd June 2023 from 15 h 00 to 17 h 30. Those who wish to attend in person, may meet in  ... Read more
05 APRIL 23 Olivia Gabriel, studying for her Master2 in Tamil at INALCO, and recipient of a scholarship of the INALCO foundation, has come to the Centre to pursue her studies on the  ... Read more
Yogacintāmaṇi Workshop
17 MARCH 23 From 13th to 17th March, a hybrid reading workshop was held devoted to studying parts of a forthcoming edition of Śivānandasarasvatī’s Yogacintāmaṇi, a lengthy  ... Read more
Photographic exhibition
Paris, France, 28 June 2024
The EFEO is displaying an exhibition as part of the symposium "Le Prince Damrong Rajanubhab et George Cœdès. Collaboration et regards croisés sur l'histoire du royaume de Siam" organized on May 15 by the Inalco - Langues O', the Inalco Foundation, and the EFEO.

Free admission, from 15 April to 30 June 2024, 9am to 6pm, EFEO, 1st floor landing.

More information on the symposium READ MORE
Study Days
Paris, France, 24 June 2024
Attend the study days "An Intellectual History of Late Vedānta" on the reception of classical and medieval Vedāntic sources in late Sanskrit works (18th-20th century), on 24 and 25 June 2024, at the Maison de l'Asie

Study Day
Paris, France, 21 June 2024
Charlotte Schmid is organising a study day entitled "Depuis l'Inde, les Passeurs d'art", at the EFEO, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, Friday, June 21, from 2.30 to 5.30 p.m.

Library closure
Paris, France, 17 June 2024

♦ Following major water damage, the library is exceptionally closed until further notice.

The entire library team is aware of the difficulties this long closure is causing for your research, and you can be certain that we are working tirelessly to reopen the library as soon as possible. ♦

Consult the catalogs and digital tools:
Books and periodicals catalog
- Archives and manuscripts catalog
- Digital heritage library

Please check the EFEO's Facebook page and Twitter account regularly for any updates to the conditions of public access.
Workshop on ''Dunhuang Studies''
Paris, France, 17 June 2024
The University of Zhejiang and the EFEO, with the support of the GIS Asie and the collaboration of the BnF Manuscripts Department, are organising a workshop on Dunhuang Studies.

At the Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, from 9.30 am to 6 pm.