Dr. C. N. Ashwathnarayan is an Indian politician and the 8th Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka. He is also the Minister of Higher Education, Information Technology and Biotechnology, Science and Technology and Skill development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood in the Government of Karnataka.
From organizing cultural events in his locality as a young boy hosting fests in college as a student rallying for stipend for medical interns as a young doctor to the starting of an institution dedicated to imparting quality training in nursing and Ayurvedic medicine, the man has always been on a mission to make a difference and serve the society at large. Ask anyone in Magadi where he was born or Shimoga, which was home to him during his formative years and even at Kasturba Medical College, where he passed out from and they will all tell you how he has always been a “people’s person”, “born leader” and a “visionary”.
Dr. Ashwathnarayan’s pro-people health, education, and economic initiatives have kept him on the top of the game. Specialty health care centers for senior citizens, top class solid waste management system, open gyms, hi-tech sports grounds, modernized Dhobi Ghat, free education scholarships, public-private partnerships to up the standard of education in government schools, effective water and crime management systems and an online citizen portal to effectively address matters of concern. Dr. C N Ashwathnarayan’s list of accomplishments as an MLA is filled with many such pro-people initiatives. And these contributions have earned him a respectable position in the lives of people, cutting across age, class and religious barriers. His dedication, focus, determination, farsightedness, and fairness have won him fans in just not the younger generation but also leaders cutting across party affiliations.
Dr. C. N. Ashwathnarayan