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Pareeksha pe Charcha – PM’s interactive session with students

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In Education
February 20, 2018
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with school and college students at Talkatora
Stadium, here today. Around 2300 school and college students including teachers and
principals participated in the programme. Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri
Prakash Javadekar graced the occasion.
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi held a Town Hall session with students on subjects
related to examinations. He took questions from students present at the event. Students also
asked him questions through various television news channels, the Narendra Modi Mobile
App, and the MyGov platform.
Beginning the conversation, the Prime Minister said that he had come to the Town Hall
session as a friend of the students, and their parents and family. He said that he was speaking
to as many as 10 crore people across the country, through various platforms. He
acknowledged his own teachers, who had instilled in him the values that enable him to keep
the student in him alive till today. He exhorted everyone to keep the student alive in them.
In the course of the event which lasted about two hours, the Prime Minister took questions on
a range of subjects, including nervousness, anxiety, concentration, peer pressure, parents’
expectations, and the role of teachers. His answers were embellished with wit, humour and a
number of different illustrative examples.
He quoted Swami Vivekananda to invoke the importance of self-confidence, to deal with
examination stress and anxiety. He gave the example of the Canadian snowboarder Mark
McMorris, who won a bronze medal in the ongoing Winter Olympic Games, just eleven
months after suffering a life-threatening injury.
On the subject of concentration, the Prime Minister recalled the great cricketer Sachin
Tendulkar’s advice on the radio programme Mann Ki Baat. Tendulkar had said that he only
focuses on the ball that he is playing at present, and does not worry about the past or future.
The Prime Minister also said that Yoga can help in improving concentration.
On the subject of peer pressure, the Prime Minister spoke of the importance of
“Anuspradha” (competing with oneself), rather than “Pratispardha” (competing with others).
He said one should only try to do better than what one had achieved earlier.
Noting that every parent sacrifices for his or her child, the Prime Minister urged parents not
to make the achievements of their child a matter of social prestige. He said every child is
blessed with unique talents.
The Prime Minister explained the significance of both the Intellectual Quotient and the
Emotional Quotient, in the life of a student.
On time management, the Prime Minister said that for students, one time-table or a schedule
cannot be appropriate for the full year. It is essential to be flexible and make the best use of one’s
time, he added.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Shri Javadekar said that Exam is a non-political
issue and is not only confined to school and colleges but is related to life, as every challenge
in life is an exam. He further added that it is an important topic as it relates to everybody and
we must handle exam pressure with positive attitude and exams should be treated like
festivals.
The minister lauded the vision and mission of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in
providing holistic education from primary to higher studies. Shri Javadekar said that the
Ministry of Human Resource Development has taken a number of initiatives to change the
structure of the entire education system. He added that to promote quality education, the
ministry has developed learning outcomes. He further said that innovation in higher
education is also a key focus to support research within the country. Shri Javadekar also
informed that the budget allocation of Rs 1,00,000 crore for Revitalising Infrastructure and
Systems in Education (RISE) will also help to step up investment in research and related
infrastructure. He also said that the Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF) scheme will
help to improve the quality of research by attracting the best talents across the country. The
minister added that high technology research labs are being developed to promote brain gain.
Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan also performed a cultural programme during the
event. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi also visited the Poster exhibition and Graffiti wall
where he interacted with the students.
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information
Technology, Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh
Vardhan, Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest and
Climate Change, Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development
of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions,
Atomic Energy and Space, Shri Satya Pal Singh, Minister of State (Higher Education) and
Shri Upendra Kushwaha, Minister of State (School Education & Literacy), Ms. Meenakshi
Lekhi, Member of Parliament were also among the dignitaries present.

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