HOST CITY BENGALURU (SOUTH INDIA)
Bengaluru, the capital of the Karnataka state of India was founded by Kempe Gowda, Chieftain of Vijayanagar empire during 16th Century. Bengaluru, the fifth largest city in India, is known as the Silicon Valley or Garden City of India. It is located at 12.97°N 77.56°E and located in southern India on the Deccan Plateau, at a height of over 900 m (3,000 ft) above sea level. It has a population of about 8.42 million and covers an area of 741 km2 (286 sq mi). Bengaluru is known for its pleasant climate throughout the year. A demographically diverse city and is home to many educational and research institutions in India.
Bengaluru is one of the most important tourist centers of the Karnataka state. Consists of Parks-Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Cubbon Park, Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park, Historical monuments-Bengaluru Fort, Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Bengaluru Palace and Mayo Hall, Government buildings- Vidhana Soudha, Karnataka High Court, Museums - Government Museum, Kempegowda Museum, Karnataka Folk Museum, HAL Aerospace Museum, Galleries - National Gallery of Modern Art, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat and Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Cinema halls and shopping malls. Bengaluru offers convenient international access, inexpensive and extensive public transport, affordable and comfortable accommodations and services. Bengaluru is served by Kempegowda International Airport (IATA: BLR, ICAO: VOBL), located at Devanahalli, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the city centre. Taxis and air conditioned Volvo buses operated by BMTC connect the airport with the city. Within the city, transportation is made very convenient with metro rail, modern public buses, taxis and auto rickshaw, which form a network reaching every part of city.
About IIHR, Bengaluru
The Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) is an autonomous organization acting as a nodal agency for basic, strategic, anticipatory and applied research on various aspects of horticulture such as fruits, vegetable, ornamental, medicinal and aromatic plants and mushrooms in India. IIHR, the first horticultural Research Institute in the country under the ICAR, was established on 5 September 1967 at New Delhi. Later, the base of IIHR was moved to Hessaraghatta located 25 km away from Bangalore in Karnataka, on 1 February 1968, and spread over a land area of 263 hectares. The institute has its headquarters in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India and is a subsidiary of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, under the Ministry of Agriculture, India.
Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru has been playing an important role in addressing the problems of low productivity, pest and disease incidence, post harvest loss, mechanization and climate change. As part of the National Agricultural Research System (NARS), IIHR has been playing a very vital role for the past five decades in horticultural research, education, training and transfer of technology. The research efforts have yielded several valuable technologies for rapid and sustainable horticultural development in the country. IIHR is credited with the development of 170 varieties and hybrids of horticultural crops and many sustainable production, protection and post harvest management technologies. Institute is known for its development of multiple disease resistant hybrids in vegetable crops. The institute offers various services, consolidated under the umbrella of the Agriculture Technology Information Center (ATIC). The popular institute services are Farmers’ Advisory services, Disease diagnostic services, Mushroom spawn supply, Pesticide residue analysis, plant and Soil nutrient analysis, quality planting material supply and Supply of Video Films and Publications.
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