Industries Minister MB Patil to hold discussion on KHIR City on November 10

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BENGALURU: A roundtable discussion, chaired by Large and Medium Scale Industries Minister M B Patil on the proposed ‘Knowledge, Healthcare, Research & Innovation City’ (KHIR City) will be held on November 10 (Friday) at Vidhana Soudha, officials said.

“The proposed KHIR City will be established in an area of 1,000-2,000 acres in the vicinity of about 50-80 km from Bengaluru and will serve as an innovation-driven hub dedicated to pioneering research in healthcare and education, setting global standards”, M B Patil said.

Several ministers including IT/BT Minister Priyank Kharge, experts from various fields such as Kris Gopalakrishnan, Dr Devi Shetty, Geetanjali Kirloskar, Prashant Prakash, Deepak Venugopalan (Manipal Group of Hospitals), Sharan Patil, L S Shashidhara (director, National Centre for Biological Sciences), Aravind Melligeri (CEO, Aequs), Nikhil Kamath (cofounder, Zerodha), Kasaragodu Ullas Karanth, and Dr Hrishikesh Krishnan (director, IIMB) will be present.

“The purpose of the meeting is to gather professionals from government, medical institutions, private companies, research centres, and academia to collectively craft a visionary blueprint with detailed objectives and distinctive features for the city”, Patil explained.

He said that there will be a discussion to formulate a strategic roadmap with clear timelines and key milestones. “The objective of the meeting includes constituting dedicated subgroups to execute specific components of the overall strategy”, the minister added.

Suggestions on project structuring models to ensure commercial viability and balanced public-private sector participation will be pondered upon, he stated. “A visual presentation will also be a part of the meeting which will be attended by Principal Secretary, Industries Department, S Selvakumar, Commissioner Gunjan Krishna and BCG partner Anshul Gupta among other dignitaries”, said officials. (ANI)

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