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Inauguration

Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday inaugurated 295 panchayat bhavans at a function at Samvad.

The panchayat bhavans have been constructed at a cost of Rs 281 crore. The representatives of the Panchayati Raj would use these buildings to carry out their daily work. There are no offices earmarked for the Panchayati Raj representatives at present.

Nitish announced that the mukhiya (head of panchayat) would unfurl the national flag near the panchayat bhavans in the same way the chief minister does on an occasion like Independence Day.

Nitish also said these buildings would be used for the purpose of issuing different kinds of certificates under the Right to Public Service Act. One would not need to visit the block office for this anymore.

He instructed the panchayats to keep a separate fund for the maintenance of the building.

Panchayati Raj minister Vinod Prasad Yadav said the department would give their best to strengthen the institution. Planning and development minister P.K. Shahi was also present.

Orientation programme

The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Patna, on Wednesday organised an orientation programme for its new batch.

Around 174 students took admission in six courses - fashion designing, textile designing, fashion technology, fashion communication, accessories designing (all at the undergraduate level) and fashion management (postgraduate level) - offered at the new NIFT campus in Mithapur.

The first day of orientation listed a formal introduction to the campus, faculty and the hostel for freshers.

"The purpose of the orientation is to help the students familiarise with the institution, the annual activities carried out here, their classmates and the alumni, so that they can understand the scope of the course, which they are going to pursue," said NIFT-Patna director Sanjay Srivastava.

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