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Programme Overview

The Summit will be held over three days, 17, 18 and 19 of February, 2012.

Day 1 (17 February) in the forenoon will comprise pre-conference events such as film screenings, literary readings, and presentations by Local NGO’s & entrepreneurs and presentations by researchers on Bihar development. The inaugural session will be addressed by the Chief Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister and other eminent speakers. Hon’ble Prime Minister of Nepal Dr. Baburam Bhattarai is also likely to grace the occasion. It will be followed by a plenary session on the vision of Bihar to be addressed by three well known scholars and public figures.

Day 2 (18 February) will commence with the presentation of the Summit’s background paper on Bihar’s development priorities, achievements and challenges. It will be followed by a series of thematic workshops wherein papers on themes like agriculture, urban development, infrastructure, education, health, women’s development etc. will be presented. The following plenary session will examine strategic issues for follow up: the forging of partnerships for development in Bihar and an agenda for action.

Day 3 (19 February) will start with a parallel session on themes like socio- cultural renaissance, expanding knowledge and research for development and strengthening institutions for inclusive development. It will be followed by a plenary session wherein four to five top leaders and public personalities from Asian countries will present perspectives on the culture, philosophy and religion of ancient Bihar and their contemporary relevance. Main deliberations of the Summit and agenda for action will be presented in the last plenary session which will be followed by Valedictory Session. A series of interactive sessions with various stakeholders including NRBs/NRIs for future collaborations will be held after the formal closure of the Summit.

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