42nd Annual Conference of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists
28th November – 2nd December, 2018
NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bengaluru

“Breaking Barriers…Building Bridges”


Legend has it that King Veeraballa of Vijayanagara once lost his way in a forest. Hungry and exhausted, he chanced upon an old woman cooking outside a hut. He begged her for food and was given a bowl of baked beans or ‘benda kallu’ in Kannada. The king’s gratitude was so immense that he named the place after the dish. Hence the region came to be known as ‘Benda Kallu Ooru’, or ‘Land of baked beans’ which eventually became Bangalore.

Few Cities in the World have the power to attract and motivate a casual visitor to move there permanently. Bangalore is one of those rare cities which makes people who are new to the City to call themselves proud Bangaloreans

Bangalore, a real cool place on Planet Earth is the capital of Karnataka, a major state in the southern part of India. It is indeed cool - the people, the place and of course the weather. Bangalore, officially called Bengaluru now is the second fastest growing metropolis of India and also the fourth highest GDP contributor after Mumbai, Delhi, and Chennai.

Bangalore is unique in many ways. It has the most pleasant weather throughout the year which got itself the name "Pensioner's Paradise". It is the only cosmopolitan and multilingual city in the country which has welcomed everyone who wanted to make Bangalore their home and this speaks of the hospitable nature of the Bangaloreans. Bengaluru, which was only a city known within India a couple of decades ago has now found its place in the World Map because of the export of software and software professionals to the entire world. Bengaluru is now on everybody's tour itinerary while visiting India.

Bangalore city is now the nerve center of industrial activity in the state with the presence of several Public Sector Undertakings. The Electronic City and the Software Technology Park, called the IT Park, which has come up on the outskirts of the city, has earned the reputation of being the "Silicon" Valley of India. Many multinational and Indian companies are represented here. Ranked among the 10 fastest growing cities in the world, Bangalore has many on-going and proposed projects in the industrial and Information Technology sectors. The city has slowly found a place in the country's history and off recently a place on the world map. Today Bangalore is India's fifth largest and the fastest growing city in Asia.

There are many notable institutions located in the city such as Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Indian Institute of Management (IIMB), National Aeronautics Laboratory (NAL) and National Law School.

The city also has some wonderful tourist hotspots like the Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Bannerghatta National Park, Innovative Film City and Cubbon Park.