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      Recent flooding in the north of India (Northern state of Uttar Pradesh and Kashmir) and Nepal caused the loss of lives and provoked numerous displacements. Given the period of the monsoon, heavy rains, sometimes unexpected and sudden, can cause landslides and severe flooding in urban and rural areas. Extreme caution must be observed if you visit the northern states of India, particularly in mountainous areas. If you are in or planning to travel to the area, follow the instructions of the local authorities and monitor the media.

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      Telephone hours
      Monday–Thursday: 08:00 am–04:00 pm
      Friday: 08:00 am–02:00 pm

      Visiting hours (Consular Affairs)
      Monday–Friday: 08:30 am–11:30 am

      Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi
      Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri
      New Delhi – 110021
      Tel.: (+91 11) 4995 9500
      Fax: (+91 11) 4995 9509
      E-mail:  ndh.vertretung@eda.admin.ch
      Direction: http://maps.google.co.in/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Swiss+embassy,+nyaya+marg,+Chanakyapuri,+New+Delhi+India&daddr=&geocode=&hl=en&mra=ls&sll=28.596467,77.18536&sspn=0.004663,0.007317&ie=UTF8&z=17 Google map

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      Tel.: (+91 11) 4995 9510
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      Monday–Thursday: 02:30 pm–03:00 pm

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      Tel.: (+91 11) 4995 9530
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      Climate Change and Development
      Chandra Gupta Marg
      New Delhi – 110 021
      Tel.: (+91 11) 4995 9570
      Fax: (+91 11) 4995 9589
      E-mail:  delhi@sdc.net

      Consular District of the Embassy

      Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Lakshwadeep (UT), Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bhutan

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      Graduation ceremony of the German School in New Delhi at the Swiss Residence

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      Ambassador Linus von Castelmur was delighted to host on Saturday, 10th May 2014, the Graduation ceremony of the German School in New Delhi at the Swiss Residence. Seven graduates “Abiturientinnen und Abiturienten” received the Diploma out of whom two were Swiss nationals. The celebration was solemn and all the same cheerful. The official part was followed by a cocktail in the garden where the graduates and the guests could continue to celebrate this important occasion.

      http://www.eda.admin.ch/etc/medialib/downloads/edactr/ind.Par.0315.File.tmp/Graduation_ceremony_of_the_German_School_New_Delhi.pdf Text of Ambassador’s speech (de)

      “A Tropical House. The Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi”, book launch

      L-R: Ambassador of Switzerland Linus von Castelmur, Bruno Maurer, editor of the monography, Ariel Huber, photographer, Anupam Bansal, Sanjay Kanvinde

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      The Year of Swiss architecture, design and engineering in India, 2013 – 14, concluded on Friday, 4th April 2014, amidst a 300 odd audience, comprising well known architects, designers, photographers, faculty members of architecture and urban design as well as students. The concluding evening witnessed the launch of the monograph on the Embassy building and its compound, “A Tropical House: The Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi”. Edited by Bruno Maurer, published by gta Verlag, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

      https://www.facebook.com/Swissembassyindia?sk=wall#!/Swissembassyindia/photos/a.532266280225888.1073741860.158257177626802/532266296892553/?type=1&theater Click for more pictures
       Art at the Swiss residence, New Delhi (pdf, 2638 Kb)

      Images of architects and praxis”, Valerio Olgiati and Bijoy Jain in conversation with Erwin Viray

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      The other highlight of the evening was a conversation amongst three acclaimed architects: Prof. Valerio Olgiati, Bijoy Jain and Prof. Erwin Viray. Belonging to different cultures and with a different approach to the practice of the architect, the conversation “Images of architects and praxis”, was opened by Prof. Erwin Viray (Singapore /Japan). He invited both Valerio Olgiati (Switzerland) and Bijoy Jain (India) to share their practice and experience, which necessarily evolves from their socio-cultural roots.
      https://www.facebook.com/Swissembassyindia?sk=wall#!/Swissembassyindia/photos/a.532266280225888.1073741860.158257177626802/532266296892553/?type=1&theater Click for more pictures

      Building Images: Photography exhibiton focusing on 25 years of Swiss architecture

      Students from the Institute of Urban Design, School of Planning and Architecture, enjoying the exhibition

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      “Building Images: Photography focusing on Swiss architecture”, is an exhibition featuring 25 years of Swiss architecture, curated by Hubertus Adam and Elena Kossovskaja of the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel. The exhibition was opened amongst 400 guests at the Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi on Friday, 21st March 2014. 
      In addition to this exhibition organised in the framework of the Year of Swiss archtiecture, design and engineering in India, 2013- 2014, the guests of the evening, a majority of them being engineers, designers, architects, students of architecture and urban design, faculty members, art photographers, listened with rapt attention to Indian architect, Rahul Mehrotra, who has designed a laboratory building on the Novartis campus in Basel. Titled “Working in Mumbai”, the emerging role of the architect in the Indian context, Rahul Mehrotra addressed in his presentation several issues about the responsibility of architects towards the socio-economic and cultural environ, his approach to architecture, and his works in the cities of Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. The chat with Rahul Mehrotra was moderated by Mrs. Meghal Arya, an architect from Ahmedabad.
      Continuing under the theme YSADE 2013-14, the finissage and the concluding event is planned for 4th April 2014. 
      https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.526442210808295.1073741859.158257177626802&type=1 Click for more pictures

      Soirée littéraire, an evening of francophone literary encounters

      Swiss author Pascale Kramer

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      Soirée littéraire, an evening of francophone literary encounters, took place on 12 March 2014 at the Alliance Française de Delhi. The event was jointly presented by the Embassies of Belgium, France/Institut Français en Inde, and Switzerland, as well as by the High Commission of Canada and Pro Helvetia-Swiss Arts Council.
      The evening included readings from the original texts by Belgian author François Emmanuel, French author Hédi Kaddour, Swiss author Pascale Kramer and Canadian author Kim Thúy. The event was attended by more than a hundred people.
      Swiss author Pascale Kramer gave lectures also in Hyderabad, Chennai, Pondicherry and Chandigarh. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.525925927526590.1073741858.158257177626802&type=1 Click for more pictures

      Visit of Ambassador Dr. Linus von Castelmur to Bhutan

      Ambassador's meeting with Bhutanese Prime Minister, Mr. Tshering Tobgay

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      Ambassador Dr. Linus von Castelmur called on the Bhutanese Prime Minister Mr. Tshering Tobgay at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang in Thimpu on November 20, 2013. During their meeting, both sides evaluated and expressed satisfaction on the status of bilateral relations between the two countries and agreed to consolidate and expand the scope of partnership beyond development cooperation. They agreed to enhance partnerships between Swiss and Bhutanese enterprises in several fields including urban development, energy efficiency in buildings and vocational educational training.

      50! – Celebrating the Swiss Embassy building and architecture

      Open house day

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      An ‘Open house day’ was organized at the Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi on Saturday, November 16, 2013. It is the first time that the chancery and residence of the Ambassador were made available for public view. The day-long event witnessed participation of almost 800 guests. 280 guests enjoyed guided walks through the Embassy premises.

      The open house brought down curtains on a week-long programme under the framework of the ‘Year of Swiss architecture, design and engineering 2013-14’. Earlier in the week exhibition ‘Architecture as an open process – Recent works of Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai’ was inaugurated at the Embassy premises. This was followed by a symposium ‘Constructing the future’ at India International Center.

      Continuing under the theme YSADE 2013-14, more events are planned January 2014 onwards. The celebrations will culminate in April 2014. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.463044560481394.1073741856.158257177626802&type=1 Click for more pictures

      Constructing the future: Symposium on architecture, design and engineering

      Constructing the future: Symposium on architecture, design and engineering

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      In the framework of the ‘Year of Swiss Architecture, Design and Engineering in India 2013-2014’, a symposium on various aspects of architecture, design and engineering, titled ‘Constructing the future’, was organised in New Delhi on November 13, 14 and 15, 2013. The symposium featured presentations and discussions with experts from Switzerland – like Hubertus Adam, Alfredo Brillembourg, Emanuel Christ, Andrea Deplazes, Matias Echanove, Meret Ernst and Ariel Huber – as well as panelists from India – including Anupam Bansal, Itu Chaudhuri, Puru Das, Ashok B. Lall, Kaiwan Mehta, Zeenat Niazi, Yatin Pandya and Rahul Srivastava. Several engineers from both countries including famous Indian engineer Mahendra Raj, were part of the event. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.460219544097229.1073741855.158257177626802&type=1 Click for more photographs; http://www.eda.admin.ch/etc/medialib/downloads/edactr/ind.Par.0294.File.tmp/Ambassador s%20speech%20at%20the%20inauguration%20of%20Symposium%20on%2013%2011%202013.pdf Text of Ambassador's opening speech

      Architecture as an open process – Recent works of Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai

      Studio Mumbai

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      An exhibition consisting of architectural photos taken by three of Switzerland’s most renowned photographers – Hélène Binet, Enrico Cano and Ariel Huber – as well as of mock-ups, sketches and models presented by Studio Mumbai was inaugurated at the Embassy of Switzerland on November 10, 2013. 
      https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.459345667517950.1073741853.158257177626802&type=1 Click for more photographs; http://www.eda.admin.ch/etc/medialib/downloads/edactr/ind.Par.0293.File.tmp/Inauguration%20Studio%20Mumbai-%2010%2011%202013.pdf Text of Ambassador's speech

      This exhibition is a part of the larger initiative http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/reps/asia/vind/embnd/events/ysade.html ‘Year of Swiss architecture, design and engineering in India 2013-14.’

      Planning meeting 2014 of the Swiss network in India

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      The yearly planning meeting of all the Swiss representations in India took place on October 18, 2013. It gave a platform for all Swiss stake holders and participants in India viz., Swiss Embassy; Consulate Generals in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata; Swiss Business Hub India; swissnex India; Pro Helvetia- Swiss Arts Council and Switzerland Tourism to discuss overall organizational objectives and develop a joint work programme for 2014.

      Mr. R.V. Kanoria receives Swiss Ambassador’s Award 2013 for leadership and business ethics

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      Swiss Ambassador Dr. Linus von Castelmur honoured Mr. R.V. Kanoria, Chairman & Managing Director of Kanoria Chemicals & Industries Ltd. with ‘Swiss Ambassador’s Award for leadership and business ethics’ on October 17, 2013 at an event organised at the Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi. Mr. Kanoria has a long and outstanding relationship with Switzerland. He is an alumnus of IMD in Lausanne. In April 2012, his company Kanoria Chemicals & Industries, acquired the Swiss company APAG Elektronik, which develops, produces and sells measurement and control devices for the automotive, consumer, power tool and automation industries. 

      Swiss Ambassador’s Award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the promotion of Indo-Swiss bilateral relations or have stood out for their exceptional role in the society and industry.  Press Release

      Get-together in honour of Swiss curator Urs Stahel

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      Dr Linus von Castelmur, Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Madame Françoise Gardies hosted a lunch at the lawns of the Swiss Residence on 29 September 2013 in honour of the Swiss curator Urs Stahel, who was in India at the invitation of the Delhi Photo Festival 2013 and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council. Urs Stahel was the Director of the Fotomuseum Winterthur for over two decades and was invited by the festival directorate to give the inaugural talk as well as to review portfolios and have an open interactive session with participants.

      Year of Swiss architecture, design & engineering in India 2013-14

      YSADE 2013-14 Press Conference

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      To commemorate fifty years of the Swiss Embassy building in New Delhi 'Year of Swiss architecture, design and engineering in India 2013-14' was launched at a press conference on 7th August 2013. For information on activities: http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/reps/asia/vind/embnd/events/ysade.html  YSADE 2013-14

      Poster making competition

      Hony. Consul General Mr. Umesh Chowdhary giving away the prizes

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      A poster making competition based on the theme India, Switzerland and environment was organized at La Martiniere Schools for Girls, Kolkata. Nine schools participated in this contest. A film about Switzerland was screened on the occasion. 

      Further to the above an inter-school quiz based on Indo-Swiss friendship and the diverse aspects of Switzerland was organized on 23rd July, 2013. Both projects were coordinated by the Hony. Consulate of Switzerland in Kolkata and the Embassy of Switzerland in India.

      Seminar on Sustainable Architecture: Integrated Approach to Energy-Efficient Building Design

      Seminar- Sustainable Architecture: Integrated Approach to Energy-Efficient Building Design

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      A seminar on "Sustainable Architecture: Integrated Approach to Energy-Efficient Building Design" was organized on 23rd July 2013 by the Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) under the aegis of “the Year of Swiss Architecture, Design and Engineering in India”. BEEP is a five-year bilateral cooperation project between the Ministry of Power, Government of India and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation. The aim of the seminar was to share experiences from applying the concept of integrated design and discuss its importance for designing energy-efficient buildings. About 120 delegates from the building design and construction community including architects, policy makers and students of architecture participated in the seminar. The Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan, Dr. Linus von Castelmur, in his inaugural address, reiterated the continued interest and commitment of the Swiss government to develop collaborations in the area of sustainable design and architecture so that the building sector in India grows on a more sustainable path.

      Project SCIENCEsuisse


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      This project was based on the SCIENCEsuisse exhibition, which showcases 25 outstanding researchers working in Switzerland and their disciplines. Students presented their end products, focusing on their interpretation of the work of the scientist, they have 'selected' to base their project on, and further to an assignment prepared by the Embassy. This phase, which was held at the Embassy, is in continuation to the prelim round, which was held on the 03rd of May. 8 teams (from the 16 prelim teams) entered the final round. App. 35 students and teachers participated with a lot of motivation and enthusiasm.