The speakers at a seminar on “Impact of information technology on rural India” on Saturday underscored the need for IT industry and upcoming young software professionals to help in transforming rural India with the help of information technology.

Acharya Nagarjuna University HoD I. Ramesh Babu observed that the fruits of the advancements in IT and industry were yet to be passed on to the common people living in villages and this responsibility would largely depend on the commitment of young generation. He said that the purpose of development would be fulfilled only when it helped in improving the lifestyles of people in all walks of life.

Stating that it was good to invite many software professionals to the city to participate in various programmes, Prof. Ramesh Babu said that people in the last rungs of society should be enabled to reap the benefits of progress and development which would be possible only with the help of the educated people.

DRDO director N.A.B. Sankar said that many experts were continuing their studies with their focus solely on the need to develop the rural sector and such studies were not being successfully implemented in the village level leading to various problems to the people living there.

Y. Kumaraswamy, faculty from Bangaluru-based Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering, said that there was a great need for the society now not to pollute the village life and environment. He said that to prevent migration to urban centres, the Government should implement programmes to improve the living conditions in rural areas.

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