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Hyderabad: Telangana will spend Rs.25,000 crore in five years for rural development, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced on Sunday.

The money will be spent under a new scheme ‘Gram Jyoti’, which will be launched on August 15, Independence Day.

The chief minister said each village will be alloted Rs.2 crore to Rs.6 crore depending on the population.

The scheme is aimed at strengthening panchayat raj system and to allow gram panchayats to formulate their own development plans.

KCR, as the chief minister is popularly known, constituted a cabinet sub-committee to frame modalities for the scheme.

The sub-committee led by KCR’s son and Panchayat Raj Minister K. Tarakarama Rao will submit its report in 15 days.

A statement from the chief minister’s office said he would hold a meeting with officials of panchayat raj, planning and rural development departments and district collectors on July 30 to discuss implementation of the scheme.

KCR said a unique feature of the scheme will be the freedom to gram panchayats to formulate their own development plans based on their requirements.

The chief minister said a village will decide on what development works should be undertaken. The government will make funds available for these works.

The government has already taken an initiative with the program ‘our village our plan’ under which gram panchayats took inputs from people to draft their plans.

(IANS)

 

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Five Students from Telangana Selected for the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge began as the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race and was first held in in 1994

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Hyderabad, October 12, 2017 : A team of five students from an engineering college in Telangana has been selected for the prestigious NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge.

The team from SR Engineering College, Warangal, will participate in the fifth annual challenge to be held on April 12-14, 2018, in Huntsville, Alabama, US.

It is one of the four teams from India short-listed to compete in the challenge. Students from 23 countries are participating in the challenge to create a buggey designed to traverse the simulated surface of moon.

The team, which will prepare a moon buggy design, report and submit their idea, will be led by faculty Manoj Chaudhary. It includes P. Paul Vineeth, Prakash Raineni, P.Sravan Rao, Rondla Dilipreddy Aand Venishetty Sneha, said a statement.

Congratulating the students, SR Engineering College Secretary A.Madhukar Reddy said it was a great opportunity to design, build, and test technologies that enable rovers to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge began as the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race and was first held in in 1994, 25 years after the first manned Apollo landing on the moon.

The challenge now focuses on National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s current plans to explore planets, moons, asteroids and comets.

During its 20-year run, the Great Moonbuggy Race engaged more than 10,000 students and demonstrated that these budding scientists and engineers were capable of complex work. (IANS)

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