Prime Minister’s Interactive Session : 'Pariksha pe Charcha'
February 16th 2018
Students of Dronacharya Group of Institutions, Greater Noida witnessed an interactive session “Pariksha Par Charcha" hosted by Hon'ble Prime Minister, Sh.Narendra Modi on February 16th 2018. The program was organized by Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India at Delhi's Talkatora Stadium.
Starting the session, the PM said, “You are not talking to the Prime Minister of India, you are talking to a friend."
PM Modi interacted with thousands of students from across the country and addressed their examination-related concerns. Before he took questions from the students, he said "it was his exam today", and thanked his teachers for whom he is "still a student". "They inspired me to keep the student alive in me," PM Modi said.
When asked about how to maintain self-confidence, he said, "Self-confidence is very important. It's not a pill or herb. There is no tablet that can be consumed for instant confidence. We have to build it every day."
PM Modi recalled when he was student, he read Swami Vivekananda's writings who said that you may have the blessings of all the gods and goddesses, but if you don't believe in yourself, then all those blessings are futile.
He asked the students not to compete with others, and advised parents not to put unnecessary pressure on their wards by comparing them with other children. "Every child is different. Try to find out what they are good at and don't force your dreams on them. Try to be friends with your children," he said. He said that as per the science of war or sports, we need to play on our own ground. He advised that as an independent, separate person, it is not correct to compare oneself with a peer who is a different person. The other person's environment, experiences and growth are completely different.
As far as children of India are concerned, he said, they are "born politicians". "They know how to get their work done."
He spoke about the importance of a healthy balance between IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient). "Emotional bonding is essential for your overall development. It helps in forging relationships. Intelligence without an emotional connect is worthless. IQ might help you achieve success, but EQ gives you a purpose in life," he added.
Learn to "defocus" before you can focus, was another suggestion by PM Modi. "Let yourself loose, do what want to do. It will help you focus."
He also urged students to "be warriors, not worriers". "Treat exams like festivals" and "a happy mind is the secret of a good mark sheet" were among his other suggestions.
Towards the end, when he was asked by a student if he was prepared for the Lok Sabha elections, he said he was confident of passing his "exam next year". "I have the wishes of 125 crore Indians with me."
Sh. Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Human Resource Development, also addressed the students. He said that the aim of the Govt. is to change the quality of education and the attitude of students towards exams and life as a whole.