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Narendra Modi: We Have to Face Exams Every Day of Our Lives, Says PM | February 16, 2018, 3:01 PM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi told students that he is their friend during his 'Pariksha pe Charcha' address in Delhi on Friday. PM Modi said though he is there to speak on exam stress it is also his “examination day”. The event in Delhi’s Talkatora stadium has several students in attendance. The PM will also take questions from students via social media and videoconferencing. The idea behind the event is to take forward the need to develop stress-free attitude to exams, a pet subject for the Prime Minister and the topic of his new book, ‘Exam Warriors’. This is not the first time Modi is addressing the issue of exam stress. In last year’s “Mann Ki Baat”, his first for 2017, he asked students to “treat exams like festivals” and urged them not to take too much stress. “A happy mind is the secret of a good mark sheet,” he had said. He also cited the example of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who had once revealed that he had tried to join the Air Force and failed, but that did not stop him from becoming a brilliant scientist.

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Feb 16, 2018 2:15 pm (IST)

The session has ended with Modi thanking the students for giving him so much of their time. Modi has now left the stage.

Feb 16, 2018 2:14 pm (IST)

A student asks Modi, "How are you preparing since you'll also be facing an exam in the form of Lok Sabha elections next year?' 
To this Modi said, 'If I was your teacher I would've guided you to take up journalism because only jounalists ask such twisted questions.

Feb 16, 2018 1:59 pm (IST)

Another student, Jai Mistry, seeks the Prime Minister’s views on effective time management and how it can improve exam preparation.
To this, Modi says, "For students, one time table or a schedule can’t be appropriate for the full year. It is essential to be flexible and make best use of one’s time."

Feb 16, 2018 1:55 pm (IST)

Kushagra from Shillong has a question on the bond between a teacher and student. 
To this, Modi says, "In our society teachers are like family members. Such a spirit was more common earlier and we have to reignite this spirit further today. It is important to have a close relationship with them, as teachers play important role in shaping your future and personality like your parents."

Feb 16, 2018 1:51 pm (IST)

The next question is related to why sleep is important to sleep. To this Modi said the sleep is very important to maintain a balance in life. 
“Sleeping soundly is good for your health. Not just how much you sleep, the quality of sleep is also important. I have a busy life but try getting consistent amount of sleep. I take less than a minute to fall asleep. Similarly, during exams, sleeping is vital but more important is the quality of sleep,” Modi says.

Feb 16, 2018 1:40 pm (IST)

You need both EQ and IQ. A balance of both is required. Intelligence on its own is not worth anything if it is not guided by inspiration. That inspiration comes from EQ, it provides provides strength for taking risk, says Modi 

Feb 16, 2018 1:34 pm (IST)

Deepshi Grover from Delhi has a question on how Yoga helps beat exam stress. A similar question has come from Sarika. Times Now viewer Bhavna Jalal asks the Prime Minister about the role of IQ and EQ in the life of a student.

Feb 16, 2018 1:32 pm (IST)

"You have to learn to de-focus to be able to focus. Time management should be worked on as cutting yourself from what you love is not a great solution. During board exams students cut contacts with all social activities but this doesn’t get results. This was because de-focusing is important."

Feb 16, 2018 1:27 pm (IST)

MyGov user Abhinav and a viewer of ABP news tv, Saloni have questions relating to the importance of taking breaks, resting, playing sports during exams.

Feb 16, 2018 1:23 pm (IST)

"Parents compare their children with others. Don't make it a social status. Talk about your children and do not compare. Every child is blessed with unique talents. I would request parents not to make the achievements of their child a matter of social prestige." 

Feb 16, 2018 1:19 pm (IST)

"Always remember what every parent sacrifices for the well-being of the child. Parents also live that pressure: They won't waste money because of fees. They dream to see their children as something. We should not doubt their intentions. Parents shift the burden of their failures on their children."- Modi

Feb 16, 2018 1:17 pm (IST)

Next up is Deepshikha from Delhi, Leela Bano from Leh, NM Mobile App user Kushal and Kartik from BHU who have questions on the expectations of parents, particularly during exams. Parents have high expectations from us, they forget we have our own abilities, they say. How to tackle social pressure? they ask.

Feb 16, 2018 1:13 pm (IST)

"Do not compete with others, compete with yourself. But if you have to compete, choose your opponents carefully. My young friends, do not bother about how many hours your friends study. Think- you studied for a certain number of hours on one day, better that the next day." 

Feb 16, 2018 1:08 pm (IST)

The next question is from Neha from Kozhikode, a viewer of Zee News and Aruna Srivastava, a viewer of ETV Madhya Pradesh. the ask Modi on aspects relating to peer pressure. How do we not let peer pressure affect us?, They ask

Feb 16, 2018 1:04 pm (IST)

Through out the day, we all do something with concentration. What makes you alert? Ask yourself. Then find out why you like it. Find the reasons and adopt it on other activities. Sachin Tendulkar was there with me during one of my Mann Ki Baat episodes, he had said, "When I play, I don't worry about anything - will I hit sixer or not. I forget everything. This is the way. Live in the present."- Modi

Feb 16, 2018 1:03 pm (IST)

"I would say Yoga is a wonderful way to improve concentration. Some say it is a way of life, some say it is a form of excercise. I believe it is something higher. If it was just exercise, they would be performing in circuses."

Feb 16, 2018 12:58 pm (IST)

"Through out the day, we all do something with concentration. What makes you alert? Ask yourself. Then find out why you like it. Find the reasons and adopt it on other activities. Concentration isn’t something that has to be specifically learnt. Every person does concentrate on something or the other during the day, it may be while reading, hearing a song, talking to a friend."

Feb 16, 2018 12:56 pm (IST)

Another question has been asked, this time by Kanishka from Noida and Pranav Vyas from Varanasi who want to know about the importance of concentration during exams, and in life. What is the solution for disraction? They ask.

Feb 16, 2018 12:55 pm (IST)

"Keep yourself in mind while sitting for exams. You decide your future not others. Self confidence comes by challenging ourselves and working hard. We should always think of bettering ourselves.In addition to the right skills and the means, what a student needs is self-confidence."- Modi

Feb 16, 2018 12:53 pm (IST)

PM Modi made these comments in response to questions asked by students. Samiksha from Delhi, Sanjana, a viewer of @republic TV and Harsh from Pune had asked Modi the importance of self confidence and tackling exam stress. 

Feb 16, 2018 12:51 pm (IST)

"Saraswati is worshipped regularly but still on the day of examination we remember Hanuman ji, why? Because we fear."

Feb 16, 2018 12:51 pm (IST)

"I have read vivekanand, Aham Brahmasavi. they say don't think your self any less. they inspired self confidence. the thing he always said is there 33 crore gods and goddess, They will bless you."

Feb 16, 2018 12:47 pm (IST)

My young friends, always keep the student in you alive. There is nervousness when exams are over. How to maintain self confidence during exams is important: PM Modi

Feb 16, 2018 12:45 pm (IST)

This is a programme for the one crore school children of this country. I am confident that for sake your student here, you are all my examiners. Lets see how much marks you give me- Modi

Feb 16, 2018 12:41 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun to speak at the event. I'm not your PM, I'm your friend. I have come to give tips how to give exams. Respect your teachers- Modi

Feb 16, 2018 12:34 pm (IST)

The event has opened with a series of performances with several school children performing dance numbers on stage

Feb 16, 2018 12:32 pm (IST)

Pariksha Pe Charcha is being telecast live in several schools across the country. Here, a group of school kids can be seen sitting inside their school watching the event on TV.

Feb 16, 2018 12:28 pm (IST)

PM is here to address students to tell them how to fight with stress of exams- JavdekarPM is here to address students to tell them how to fight with stress of exams- Javdekar

Feb 16, 2018 12:23 pm (IST)

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar is now on stage, delivering opening statements. If we have to deliver quality education, we have opt for an output based performance system. Children have to be able to handle education at each level meant for the next level. We are reaching out to more an more children throgh TV and radio, he says.

Feb 16, 2018 12:15 pm (IST)

PM Modi has arrived at Talkatora Stadium for his "Chai pe Charcha'. He is currently interacting with a few students who have brought their projects to show him.

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