President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday arrived in Hyderabad on his 10-day annual southern sojourn.
Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, state ministers and top officials accorded a warm welcome to the President at Hakeempet Air Force Station.
Mukherjee then drove to Rashtrapati Nilayam in Secunderabad, where he will stay till December 31.
He will also participate in various programmes in Hyderabad and in other southern cities of Bengaluru, Mysuru and Thiruvananthapuram.
He will attend the 6th Convocation of MDS and 11th Convocation of BDS Courses at the Army College of Dental Sciences, Secunderabad on Friday.
Later, he will address the centenary celebrations of the Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTAPCCI) in Hyderabad.
The next day the President will inaugurate the Mahila Dakshata Samiti and Bansilal Malani College of Nursing in Hyderabad.
He will visit Bengaluru on December 25 to inaugurate the 89th annual conference of the Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan.
The next day, he will address the 6th Convocation of the Maulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad.
On December 29, Mukherjee will inaugurate the 77th Session of Indian History Congress in Thiruvananthapuram.
He will then travel to Mysore and inaugurate the 17th National Jamboree of the Bharat Scout and Guides.
The President will inaugurate the Sri Shankara National Centre for Cancer Prevention and Research and the Adamya Chetana Seva Utsav-2017 in Bangaluru on December 30.
The same day, he will host 'At Home' reception at Rashtrapati Nilayam for ministers and officials of Telangana.