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Dr. C. N. Ashwathnarayan is an Indian politician and the 10th Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka and the current Minister of Higher Education, Information Technology & Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, and Livelihood in the Government of Karnataka. He is a Member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly representing BJP from Malleshwaram constituency, Bangalore, Karnataka. A multifaceted personality and a firm believer of technology, Dr. Ashwathnarayan C.N. is an educationist, healthcare entrepreneur and philanthropist.
The positions he held include Convener of Doctors Cell – Bharatiya Janata Party and Founder President of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. He was also the Vice President of Bharatiya Janata Party, Bangalore District, Senate Member of Bangalore University, Syndicate and Senate Member of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences Employees Association, Bangalore, and the Chairman of Committee for drafting statutes for A&B, C&D cadre of employees of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.
Dr. Ashwathnarayan has enabled introduction of Health Insurance Schemes, Pension Scheme for Widows, Handicaps and Senior Citizens, Day Care Centre for Senior Citizens, Seva Kendra’s in each ward. Also Hasiru Santhe, Zero Garbage, Waste Recycle, Modernizing Old Establishments, Development of Parks, Gymnasiums and Aerobics Centers.
On August 20th 2019 he was inducted as the Cabinet Minister in Bharatiya Janata Party Government led by Chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa.
Family and Childhood
Dr. C. N. Ashwathnarayan is the youngest son of Sri. T.K. Narayanappa and Smt. V.L. Padmamma and was born on 2 February 1969. T.K. Narayanappa was a teacher, and retired as a Dy Superintendent of Physical Education. has 3 three brothers. He is married to Smt. Shruthi, who holds a master’s degree in Social Works (Master of Social Work). He has two children, a son, Amogh, and a daughter, Akanksha.
Early life & Career
Dr. Ashwathnarayan C. N. completed his MBBS degree from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. After completing his schooling in Bangalore and Shivamogga, he went to Kasturba Medical College, Manipal to complete his medical degree, where he became the president of student’s union and upon completing the course he became the president of Junior Doctor’s association. After working his way through college as a leader of student’s union and then as president of junior doctors association, he was elected as Senate and Syndicate member of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and Bangalore University.
He started Padmashree Charitable Trust and Shushrutha Group of Institution, which are running a group of educational Institutions, which offer various courses in Paramedic, Management, Science and technology and Ayurvedic Medical Schience.
Dr. C. N. Ashwathnarayan entered mainstream politics in 2004 by joining the BJP and contested from Malleshwaram (Vidhan Sabha constituency) and lost the election against a sitting MLA M.R. Seetharam.
In the year 2008, he again contested from the same constituency. He won the election to the state legislature with a huge margin against two times MLA, M.R. Seetharam.
He was elevated to the level of Vice President of BJP, Bangalore District. The BJP candidate from Bangalore North constituency won by a large margin in the April 2009 general elections, and BJP candidates won in 6 of 7 wards in 2010 Municipal corporation elections.
Some of his initiatives in his political career as a people representative are:
The ‘Dhobi Ghat’ in Malleswhwaram has the privilege of being the first modernized dhobi ghat not only within the city but also in the state. This initiative by Dr. Ashwathnarayan supports the livelihood of 400 families and has now become a ‘National Model’.
The Anganwadi centers at Govt Schools in Malleshwaram are developed on ‘Montessori’ model provide the best learning experience for kids, way better than the private preschool centers.
A citizen-centric Complaint Redressal platform (Portal & APP)called ‘Malleshwaram Sahaaya’ built for citizens to report their grievances and bring about coordination and transparency among various govt agencies.
Positions and representations
- President Samskara Bharathi, Malleswaram
- Vice-president, Bharatiya Janata Party, Bangalore
- Convener, Doctors Cell, BJP, Karnataka
- Syndicate & Senate Member, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore
- Senate Member, Bangalore University
- Founder President, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences Employees Association, Bangalore since 2000
- Chairman, Committee for drafting statutes for A&B, C&D cadre of employees of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences 2000-2002.