While Merkel's trip to this tech hub from tonight has been on cards as part of her three-day official visit to India since Sunday, Modi is joining her for first hand view of the 50-billion Euro German auto major Bosch facility and learn how other German firms in the country will contribute to the make in India and digitise India projects.

"Modi and Merkel will be apprised of our key innovation projects and commitments to skill development that can help the country become a manufacturing hub and a back office of the world," a Bosh India official told ahead of their visit.

After viewing presentations on Bosch engineering and business solutions and vocational centre, both leaders will walk through its facilities and interact with its executives."Bengaluru is the city where you can see how German firms like Bosch, Siemens, SAP, BASF and Mercedes-Benz innovate and make in India products and solutions for its development," German Consul General Jorn Rohde said.

German President Joachim Gauck visited Bengaluru a year ago on a similar mission, as the city is host to about 200 leading German firms in diverse sectors."The visit of heads of the state to Bengaluru signifies the growing collaboration between the two countries in research and development, smart manufacturing and convergence of information and communication technologies (ICT)," Rohde noted.

Modi and Merkel will also participate at an ICT event in a star hotel, where they will interact with who's who of the IT industry, including Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayan Murthy and Wipro czar Azim Premji and German software major SAP India executives.

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