BANGALORE: Minister of Higher Education and Tourism R V Deshpande sought help from Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar to establish an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bangalore.
Speaking after inaugurating a function organised by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce (FKCCI) to distribute Export Excellence Awards 2014 here on Saturday, Deshpande asked Ananth Kumar to prevail upon Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani and get an IIT for Bangalore.
Ananth Kumar assured he would try his best to get the IIT sanctioned for Bangalore. He said the HAL airport in the city will be converted in to a maintenance and repair hub for aircraft.
A special recognition certificate was given to Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals, J K Tyre and Industries.
The Best Manufacturer Exporter Award was presented to Bosch Limited, while the Best Merchant Exporter Award went to Aryan International.
The Best Software Exporter Award was presented to Robosoft Technologies Pvt Ltd.
Afghanistan Ambassador to India Shaida Mohammed Abdali called upon Karnataka businessmen to invest in Afghanistan as there were numerous business opportunities and assured that there have been a lot of improvements in the administrative sector to help foreign investors. Nahid Rashid, commercial consul from the Embassy of Bangaladesh, R Shivakumar President, FKCCI and others were present.