Jaipur: After releasing a book on exam stress, titled ‘Exam Warrior’ on February 3, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, conducted an interactive session “Pariksha Pe Charcha” with students from across the country at Talkatora stadium in the national capital. This session was conducted to assist students in dealing with examination related concerns. This subject of discussion isn’t new to our Prime Minister, as he has often addressed concerns of students on his radio show, ‘Mann ki baat’.
PM Modi urged students to consider that they are talking to a friend and not India’s Prime Minister. He asked students to ask questions without any hesitation and share their stress relieving techniques. He asked students not to compete with others and advised parents not to put unnecessary pressure on their wards by comparing them with other children. Modi said, “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,”
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Bhavna Jalal asked the Prime Minister about the role of IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient) in the life of a student, to which he replied, “Emotional bonding is essential for your overall development. It helps in forming relationships. Intelligence without an emotional connect is worthless. IQ might help success but EQ gives you a purpose in life,”. Kanishka from Noida and Pranav Vyas from Varanasi asked PM on the importance of concentration during exams and in life, NaMo replied, “Concentration isn’t something that has to be learnt. Every person does concentrate on something or the other during the day, it might be while reading, hearing a song or talking to a friend,”
On being asked about ways of improving concentration, he replied, “Yoga is a powerful way of improving concentration,” Many such questions were asked in this 2 hour long session. Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javdekar, along with MoS in HRD Ministry, Upendra Kushwaha were also present along with the Prime Minister at the event.
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As per the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) directive, PM’s Pariksha Pe Charcha speech was to be aired in all CBSE affiliated schools, however, West Bengal Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee asked all schools and colleges across West Bengal to ignore UGC’s directive. He said, “At present, examinations are going on in schools and colleges in the state. Under such circumstances, no one is willing to listen to speeches. Making live telecast of speech will not be the right thing to do now,”