International Initiatives


Indo-Swiss Bilateral Cooperation

Within the framework of S&T agreement of 10th November 2003 between Government of India and Government of Switzerland an Indo-Swiss Joint Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation was established by the two governments. The first meeting of this joint committee was held in Bern, Switzerland on 23rd September 2011 which was co-chaired by Secretary, DST. One of the decisions of the meeting was to develop a scientific cooperation between the two countries in Glaciology and related areas.
In pursuance with above decision, a Joint Working Group (JWG) on scientific cooperation in glaciology and related areas was constituted comprising of 4-5 members from each side, with Climate Change Programme (CCP)-SPLICE, DST and Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation (SDC) as nodal agencies. 
Under this framework agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation between India and Switzerland, an Indo-Swiss bilateral programme was developed during 2012 for a period of three years with the main mandate to build capacity, which was completed in December 2015. 

Partnership with ICIMOD on Regional Cooperation in Himalayan Ecosystem

One of its objectives of National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) is to develop regional cooperation framework with countries bordering the Himalayan region. Efforts are being made to enrol International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) into NMSHE.

ICIMOD is a multi-lateral organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal, working on regional knowledge development and learning centre serving several countries of the Himalayas such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.