Our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, interacted with students, teachers and parents in the fourth edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha which took place virtually on Wednesday, 7th April 2021.

Image by Narendra Modi (YouTube) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRtIV3fLILw

The emphasis of the event was to guide students relieve stress, put away the fear Covid-19 has brought and prepare them for the upcoming examinations as well as future challenges. It provided an opportunity for not only students, but even teachers and parents to discuss their fears, concerns, opinions, suggestions with the prime minister and get his words of advice.

Below are the key takeaways from the event-:

  1. Avoid taking pressure during exams
  • Exams are considered as if they are the last step in the journey and you won’t succeed if you fail to give your best.
  • It isn’t so, exams are just a tiny step towards your journey ahead. They aren’t a thing to be feared of or stressed over which the current surroundings have made us go through. They aren’t the deciding stone and should be taken as an opportunity to tighten, not to weigh down yourself.

In other words,

Exam ek kasauti hai, haame vaha apne aap ko kasne ke maauke khooch te rhne chaiye.

This is what students and parents should try understanding.

Here, he also advised parents to get involved in their children’s life in real sense i.e. apart from studies as well, just like people used to do in the past. There is no need to create a pressure situation.

No pressure will create more confidence.

2. Start with the difficult subject and then move on to the easy one

  • When asked, ‘How to deal with difficult subjects’, he gave quite a good solution, stating instances from his own journey.
  • He shared that earlier, as the chief minister and even now as the prime minister, he prefer taking up the difficult subjects during the first half of the day i.e. in the morning and then move on to the easy ones as our mind is fresh in the day time and so, the grasping power is high.

3. You can’t be a scholar in every subject

  • He rightly stated that try to give your best but don’t be upset or tensed if you aren’t able to excel in all the subjects. No one is perfect in everything that exists. Taking example of the music icon Lata Mangeshkar, he said that she is one of the most versatile singers in the Indian film industry. However, if you ask her a question from another field, she might not be able to answer. Similarly, you can have a mastery over one subject but not over others and that is completely fine.

4. Don’t run away from subjects

  • You might have subjects which you hate, everyone does have but there is no need to fear from them. Pen down the things you were/are afraid of doing. For example, during your childhood you were afraid of doing cycling, swimming and other such activities just because of the fear of falling, drowning, etc. However, you tried and did succeed. Was it possible, if you would have stopped practicing? Similarly, try not to run away from subjects and put your best efforts in it. You will surely pass.

5. Take free time as a useful opportunity

  • Try to utilize your free time as an opportunity to explore beyond your limits. Further, he added that there are two types of free time-: Planned and Instant. Planned means you are aware beforehand that at this point of my day I am free. So, plan it accordingly. Help your family members, spend time with them, practice stuff that gives you happiness, increase your curiosity by spending time observing productive things like writing, cooking, drawing, music, sports and a lot more, try to find your uniqueness, set a vision and take it forward.

Always remember,

Creativity takes you far behind knowledge. It might take you to somewhere no one has reached

6. Appear for the exam stress free

It usually happens that we tend to forget what we studied at the time of the exam. To this, Modi Ji advised to make ourselves fully engaged in what we are studying and go to the exam hall stress free, without any tension.

This would ensure that our mind is fully active and we won’t forget anything.

7. COVID-19 has made us lose but learn

  • The past year saw an unexpected pandemic hitting the globe, COVID-19 which affected the majority of the population. Henceforth, answering a question on the effect of Corona on the life of students, he said that though Corona has made us lose several things but it has even made us learn several things-:

i) Situations do occur even without our fault:

-> First of all, Corona has taught us that there might be situations which occur instantly and to some extent we aren’t responsible for them. However, despite this, it could affect us and we should be prepared to fight them.

ii) Importance of People:

-> The lockdown made us realize the role of household workers, vegetable vendors in our life and even the importance of our friends. It made us agree to the fact that we shouldn’t take anyone for granted.

iii) Opportunity to know ourselves:

-> One of the biggest pros this pandemic brought is we got time for self care. Free from the daily hustle of going to work and then getting exhausted, this new normal gave us a golden chance to drive deep into our own self and enjoy our company.

iv) Brought in light the benefits of immunity, cleanliness, ayurvedic medicines:

-> With the virus spreading at a fast pace, the need to keep ourselves fit, healthy becomes a priority. That’s where the terms immunity, cleanliness, ayurvedic medicines like Chyawanprash came into picture.

These are some of the many benefits the pandemic brought despite being a deadly one.

8. Throw aside the pressure from the society

  • When asked on how to deal with the pressure from the society, Modi Ji introduced us to a new term ‘Destination Fever’, meaning, deciding our destination (profession) based on where known ones are.
  • This fever tends to bring pressure, stress and has risen by a great extent in the society. Modi Ji asked students to get off this pressure and no matter what society says, decide your own path, your own journey.

In a nutshell, Modi Ji enriched our skills with enlightening solutions to some of the most common issues faced by students, teachers and parents.

The above mentioned were snippets from the talk, for further help and guidance, PM Modi has released the second version of his book “Exam Warriors” which consist insightful techniques, solutions, activities for each and everyone.

You can purchase the book at: https://www.amazon.in/Exam-Warriors-Revised-Updated-Narendra/dp/0143449974/

Also, his app Namo, is always open for questions, queries for every citizen and he even urged the students to give feedback after reading the book and after ending with their examinations. He would be delighted to go through them.

At the end, he requested the youth to prepare for another exam, this one for the country’s development i.e. the exam to make India self-reliant, ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and seek Vocal for Local as our motive ahead. Also, he advised them to explore 75 stories of the freedom struggle of their respective states and share with the society to mark 75 years of India’s Independence.

The wonderful event was concluded with a quote by Rabindranath Tagore,

“ I slept and dreamt that life was joy.

I awoke and saw that life was service.

I acted and behold, service was joy.”

You can watch the full event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRtIV3fLILw

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