Dr Mauro Dell'Ambrogio, Switzerland's State Secretary for Education and Research, on Ocotber 7, 2010 announced the setting up of swissnex India, the Indian unit of swissnex, a global network of science and technology outposts. swissnex is a program run by Switzerland's State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) in close cooperation with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). swissnex India will be the fifth such global centre after San Francisco, Boston, Shanghai and Singapore. It will be located in Bangalore, in the premises of the Consulate General of Switzerland, which is being set up. Swissnex India's goal is to fully leverage the potential of cooperation between Switzerland and India.
The centre's mission will be to create and maintain a dense network of contacts between universities, research institutions, industry and other organizations in India and Switzerland. It will provide a platform for Swiss and Indian organizations to connect, share knowledge and form partnerships in science, technology, culture, and innovation. swissnex India will also help structure, implement and support government-to-government bilateral research cooperation programs between Switzerland and India. The priority research areas of the current bilateral cooperation program are material sciences & nanotechnlogy, human health & medical sciences, information and communication technologies. The Indo-Swiss program of cooperation is a key component of the Swiss strategy for promoting scientific collaboration with India. Launching swissnex India, Dr Dell'Ambrogio, Switzerland's State Secretary for Education & Research, said, 'We are happy to announce the launch of swissnex India that will be located in Bangalore together with the Consulate General of Switzerland, which will also be established here shortly. swissnex India will help support and extend bilateral research co-operation between India and Switzerland, along with creating a strong network with universities, research institutions, industry and other organizations in both countries.'