Bengaluru, Dec 30 (IANS) Lauding Karnataka for its rich legacy of civilization and understanding, President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said the people of this southern state are public-spirited citizens and famous for contributing back to society.

“The attributes of serving the reason for education and contributing back to society are typical of the people of this state,” Kovind said at the centenary celebrations of the National Education Society from town.

Noting that the Society’s National High School had talented distinguished citizens into the nation, ” the President stated its alumni comprised ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar, former Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachalaiah, distinguished cricketer Anil Kumble and former state Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, among others.

“The century-old Society, set up by freedom fighter Annie Besant, conducts several educational institutions, such as the National High School,” said Kovind in his speech to the students and faculty on the occasion.

Eminent scientist Bharat Ratna C.N.R. Rao and Kannada actor Ramesh Aravind are one of the alumni of this illustrious school.

Mahatma Gandhi had seen the school in 1936 and praised its student H. Narasimhaiah for translating his Hindi speeches into Kannada for its local audience.

The President praised the Adamya Chetana Foundation for providing meals daily throughout its Annapurna project throughout the state.

“Mid-day meal boosts education because less well-off create a bid to send their children to school. It is the healthiest and healthful meal a kid from a poor family gets,” said Kovind.

He introduced the Adamya Chetana Seva Utsav 2018 about the occasion.

The President later visited the newest campus of Amruta Institute of Engineering and Management Sciences (AIEMS) at Bidadi at Ramanagara district, approximately 40km southwest of Bengaluru.

The AIEMS is the institute of this Basaveshwara Veerashyva Vidyavardaka (B.V.V.) Sangha Bagalkot, that will be observing its 111th year old.

Kovind guided them to find a broader and enlightened understanding of education’s worth.

“Education is not merely about reading books, but the real measure of schooling is in the way the student can give back to the society,” Kovind reiterated.

Calling current situations an “age of entrepreneurship”, the President stated the students must not only be job-seekers but additionally project creators.

“scholars and teachers must take our nation’s and Karnataka’s invention and startup civilization,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the President also took part in the 22nd convocation in the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) from town.