Minister for Higher Education, Government of Karnataka
Bengaluru North University
C. N. Ashwathnarayan (Born on 2 February 1968)is an Indian politician and the 10th Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka. He is also the Minister of Higher Education, Information Technology & Biotechnology and Science & Technology 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, Ashwathnarayan C.N. is an educationist, healthcare entrepreneur and philanthropist.
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.
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.
On 20 August 2019 he was inducted as the Cabinet Minister in Bharatiya Janata Party Government led by Chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa