Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: The role of technology in effective governance and the need to utilise it for faster development would be discussed at a national seminar on `Governance, Technology and Development' being organised by the Academic Staff College of the University of Hyderabad on November 20 and 21at the University campus.

Four major themes

Forty scholars from throughout the country will present papers in the two days. The papers range from social implications of nanotechnology to use of technology for accelerating grassroots development.

The seminar will deliberate on four major themes - governance of technology for sustainable development, impact of technology, future perspectives on governance and technology and technology and well-being.

The seminar would be inaugurated by Mahmoodur Rahman, Chairman, Mercantile Bank Mumbai. E. Haribabu, Dean, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad will deliver the keynote address.

Scholarships

Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Saturday directed the Finance department to immediately sanction Rs. 34 crores for payment of post-Matric scholarships arrears to students belonging to weaker sections.

Reviewing the issue of disbursing post-Matric scholarships, Dr. Reddy asked the officials to release an additional Rs. 100 crores by January next to wipe out the arrears.

He wanted all scholarships to be paid by the end of the academic year, so that the next year begins on a clean slate. Under no circumstances scholarships to SC, ST and BC students should be delayed, he said and directed the officials to pursue Centrally-sponsored student scholarships, so that payments were made on time.

He stated this in response to Congress MLA D. Sambaiah who raised the matter at meeting with him.