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					India S&T Newsletter - September/October 2008
The Science and Technology newsletter from the Swiss Embassy in New Delhi

We are pleased to release the first edition of the S&T newsletter from the Swiss Embassy in
New Delhi. India represents a privileged partner for Swiss bilateral cooperation in science and
technology. While holding deep roots in its traditional knowledge, the country is looking ahead,
and its scientific and technological output is expected to grow at a vibrant pace over the next

We hope that you will find the newsletter useful. Please do not hesitate to revert back to us
should you have any comment or request for further information.

The Ambassador of Switzerland
Dominique Dreyer

S&T Policy and International

Innovation in India: A perspective from the Indian National Knowledge Commission
The NKC survey confirms the rising Innovation activity and awareness in India as well as the
need to continuously and publicly encourage this trend as a key enabler in India's economic
growth and competitiveness. However, there is need for further effort along a range of
parameters in order to fully realize India's Innovation potential. >> Download the complete
report from the National Knowledge Commission

Indo-German Science & Technology Centre inaugurated
India and Germany on Tuesday, September 9, inaugurated the Indo-German Science and
Technology Centre. >> More

Launch of European business and technology centre: Enhancing business and
technology cooperation between EU and India
A European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) is starting to operate in India from 1
October 2008. The Centre is expected to foster links between European and Indian businesses
as well as between Science and Technology actors. >> More

UK Science and Innovation Network: New publication on R&D Ecosystem in India
The Science & Innovation Network - India commissioned a study on 'R&D Ecosystem in India
enabling Commercialisation'. >> Download the report

Developments in S&T

India & CERN
Indian scientist and engineers have made an important contribution to the experiments carried

       out at CERN, where India was granted the 'Observer' status. >> More

       Additional information:

       >> Indian Institutes collaborating in "A Large Ion Collider Experiment" (ALICE)
       >> Indian Institutes collaborating in "Compact Muon Solenoid" (CMS) experiment

       Asia's first human DNA bank comes up in Lucknow
       Asia's first human DNA Bank has been set up in Biotech Park of Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow.
       The unique bank stores all information of a person including fingerprints and other vital details
       collected from four drops of blood in a card, which is transferred to a smart card to be read
       through special readers. >> More

       Wellcome Trust partnership to boost biomedical research in India
       Wellcome Trust and Indian Department of Biotechnology have committed some $US 140 Mio
       for Indian biomedical research. >> More

       International Competitive Bidding for the development of S&T Park, Delhi
       Delhi Government has approved the establishment of a science and technology park in Delhi.
       The proposed park will come up over 30 acres at the Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology
       (NSIT) campus in Dwarka in close proximity to the international airport. >> More

       Successful launch of Chandrayaan-1, India's first scientific mission to the moon
       Following the footsteps of Asian rival China, India successfully launched Chandrayaan-I (Moon
       vehicle), a cuboid spacecraft built by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) from a
       space centre in southern India shortly after dawn. >> More

       Interdisciplinary centre planned at the Indian Institutes of Sciences (IISc), Bangalore
       In the midst of the activity around its centenary celebrations, the Indian Institute of Science
       (IISc.) is working towards another milestone on its roadmap: an interdisciplinary centre that
       could be the "biggest thing" to happen to the IISc, if not to science in India. >> More

       Highlight: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi

       Established in 1969 by the Indian central government, Jawaharlal Nehru University is today one
       of the leading Indian high education institutions with among others centres of excellence in
       social sciences and live sciences. >> Download the document "Focus on: JNU" from the Swiss
       Embassy in New Delhi

       >> Go to JNU News webpage

       Selection of Forthcoming Events: December 2008 & January 2009

       International Symposium for Research Scholars on Metallurgy, Materials Science and
       Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai (December 10-12, 2008) >> Webpage

       2d Bangalore Nano
       The Grand Ashok, Bangalore (December 11-13, 2008) >> Webpage
       International Conference on Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (ICMEMS)
       Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai (January 3-5, 2009) >> Webpage

       International Conference and 9th Biennial National Conference of the Indian Society of
       Industrial and Applied Mathematics
       BMAS Engineering College, Agra (January 14-16, 2009) >> Webpage

>> Click here for a list of forthcoming S&T events in India

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