NEW DELHI:Switzerland, yesterday, said it will join hands with India for the next phase of bilateral cooperation in the field of science and technology.The Swiss government also described India as one of the 'emerging global players in research and innovation'. During the fourth Switzerland-IndiaJoint Committee meeting earlier this week, both countries set the course for future bilateral cooperation in the field of research,the Swiss government said in a release.The meeting, held here on November 21, was aimed at evaluating the latest cooperation and processes while the delegations 'defined the next phase of the bilateral programme'.Apart from the bilateral framework agreement,there are more than 90 cooperation agreements between Swiss and Indian higher education and research institutions.
According to the release, researchers from India are involved in more than 90 SNSF projects.'India is one of the emerging global players in research and innovation,thanks to excellent research centres and a considerable talent pool,' the release said.
'The discussions resulted in an agreement that the Indian Department for Biotechnology (DBT) and the SNSF would launch a joint call for projects at the beginning of 2018,' the release said.