The department of public administration, Punjabi University, Patiala, held a national seminar on 'Ethics in governance' on its campus on Thursday.
During the seminar, varsity vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh said those belonging to marginalised sections of the society were "living in the middle of nowhere" due to poor governance in the country.
The V-C said the government needed to address the grievances of the masses, instead of providing benefits to those who had access to resources.
In his keynote address, professor Pardeep Sahni, chairman and dean of social sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, said the apathy of the government had affected those below the poverty line in the country.
While elaborating on the public-private-people model of governance, Sahni said a genuine, responsive, accountable, versatile and enterprising system of governance needed to be adopted by the administration to put the country on the path of progress and development.
Head of the department of public administration of the varsity, professor Renu, said: "Governance should be treated as a religious practice to ensure the welfare of the society."