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New Delhi: Aiming to explore the potential of cooperation between the two countries in education, research and science among others, the Embassy of Switzerland has held an interactive inter-school event here to mark the 'Year of Science and Education of Switzerland in India'.

 

Presiding over the function yesterday, Switzerland Embassy Charge 'd Affairs Arthur Mattli said the effort is basically to reach out to people, which generally doesn't happen through diplomatic initiatives.

 

''The objective is to bring about tangible results in bilateral relations between India and Switzerland and reach out to people in person.'' He said listening to children and interacting with them has ''taught me a lot'' and ''I am truly impressed by their content and information level''.

 

Organised under the aegis of 'Friendship Cup 2009,' the interactive session at Tagore International School in South Delhi's East of Kailash area saw students of Classes VII, VIII, IX and XII participate in quiz, essay writing and T-shirt designing under the 'Get to Know Switzerland Better' category.

 

Also, under 'Friendship in Diversity' category students came out with inspiring ideas to further strengthen the bonds between Switzerland and India.

 

Commenting on this, Mr Mattli lauded the creative insight of students and the zest displayed in their efforts and said 'Friendship in Diversity' sharpens our minds, opens our hearts and looks for different solutions.

 

''It is also about beauty, discovering new things and sharing common views,'' he said adding it celebrates similarities in diversities by encouraging children to read and study diverse sources of information and present the same in a way that would bring out the best of their creativity.

 

Such projects would open a window on Switzerland for students and on concerns of common interest like environment, especially since the focus this year was on science and education, he added.

 

The project includes introduction of Switzerland as a focus country, encompassing its various aspects and identifying striking similarities and differences with India.

 

 

 

 

 

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