Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the students of class 10th and 12th over the ongoing board exams on February 16 at Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium. The event which was dubbed as ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ was attended by almost 1400 students. The name of the event was based on PM Modi’s another hit gig, ‘Chai Pe Charcha’.
The session was organised days after the prime minister launched his book “Exam Warriors”, a collection of anecdotes from his growing up years. He answered the questions related to exam stress, that were asked by students from all over the country. The main motive of this event was to reduce the exam stress of students prior to their board exams.
Here are 10 important highlights from PM Modi’s ‘Pariksha Par Charcha’ session:
1. Stay confident and never give up
The prime minister told students that they should believe in themselves in order to stay confident. Sharing a story about Swami Vivekanand, he said that Swami Vivekanand always told himself the Sanskrit phrase “Aham Brahmasmi” which means “I am the Infinite Reality”, and this kept his confidence flourishing.
2. Don’t lose concentration
Self-analyze yourself. List out the things that cause you to lose concentration and list out the things that you concentrate on subconsciously. Combine these two together and come up with the best way to focus on your studies.
3. Don’t compete with others, compete with yourself
Everyone has their own talents and abilities. Instead of comparing yourself with others, try to enhance your skills and increase your own potential. One should never compare himself with others.
4. Never Doubt your parents
Sometimes parents are not happy with their kid’s performance and scold them even when they score more than 80% or 90%. Students should understand that parents do this because they want what is best for them.
He also told parents not to restrict their children from playing and making them study all the time as this is not the correct way. Everything should be balanced. Don’t impose your dreams on children.
5. Defocus in order to focus.
Studying continuously makes students lose their focus. Therefore students must take breaks during the studies. They should take time to go out and play, or listen to music, or do other activities to de-stress themselves. Connecting with nature can also work as a great stress buster.
6. Balance IQ (Intelligent Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient)
PM Modi said that t is very important to make a healthy balance between IQ and EQ. IQ may help you to achieve some success, but it is EQ that gives you an aim and sense of purpose in life.
7. Yoga for exams
When a student asked him which yoga pose is best for de-stressing during exams, he said that you should try the one that is easiest for you. While every yoga pose has its benefits and has a science behind it, you should start with the one you feel comfortable. Don’t start off with something difficult.
8. Routine during exams
Modiji said that every person on earth has got 24 hours a day, and it is up to them how they make the most of their time. He told students to make their own timetable for exam times by setting up their priorities. Find out the things that you waste time on and cut them off. Make the best utilisation of your time and take proper sleep.
9. Choosing career options
Don’t try to become a doctor or an engineer, try to become successful instead. If you will follow this mantra, you can be successful in any career.
10. Take inspiration from others
PM Modi told that in the Winter Olympics, a snowboarder called Mark McMorris won a bronze medal, just 11 months after suffering from multiple injuries in an accident. Students should take inspiration from such persons and their success stories.