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The First Citizen of India

The President of India is the Head of the State and Supreme Commander of the armed forces. He is elected by the member of an electoral College that comprise all elected members Of both Houses of Parliament and the Legislative Assemblies of the State and Union Territories of India. The president holds Office for a term of five years.

Various Articles of the Constitution define the role and the powers of the President. All visiting Heads of State and Government are received by the President. The President appoints India’s Ambassadors and High Commissioners in foreign countries and receives credentials from heads of foreign mission based in New Delhi.

The President is also ‘Visitor’ of Central Universities, Indian Institutes of Technology, National Institute of Technology, Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research as Well as the Indian Institute of Science.


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