President arrives for Vidhana Soudha event

President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in the city on Tuesday afternoon to take part in the diamond Jubilee of Vidhana Soudha.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah aPresident arrives for Vidhana Soudha eventnd Governor Vajubhai Vala along with other senior ministers received him at the HAL Airport. Siddaramaiah welcomed Kovind by placing a turban on his head and presented a bouquet.

Soon after his arrival, Kovind visited NR Square near Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) headquarters and garlanded the city founder Kempegowda’s statue.

Siddaramaiah, Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, Mayor R Sampath Raj, and BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad were present on the occasion.

Kovind left for Raj Bhavan and later for Indian Institute of Science to meet the scientists. A special banquet was hosted by the governor at the evening for Kovind and other senior ministers at Raj Bhavan.

Visit to IISc
Kovind hailed the contribution of scientists in the development of the country while speaking after attending a round-table discussion with leading scientists at the IISc.

“Knowledge, discovery and innovation are three of the four wheels that take a country forward. The fourth is our society. We have seen how ISRO succeeded through the efforts of Dr Satish Dhawan in combining cutting-edge science with helping farmers,” the President said.

“For thousands of years from the age of Aryabhatta and Charaka, India has embraced science and its sense of inquiry,” he said.

“By 2022, India will be celebrating the 75th year of Independence and we need to work hard to transform India into a model nation. Origins of IISc lie in the request by Swami Vivekananda to Jamsetji Tata to set up a world-class research institution in India,” he added.

Governor Vajubhai Vala, chief secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia and senior scientists were present on occasion.

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