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Key points from PM Modi’s Q&A session


The third edition of Prime Minister’s interaction programme with school students ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020’ was held at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on January 20. Around 2,000 students participated from all over India in the programme. Here are some of the key takeaways from the event:

Every failure a step towards success

Responding to a question by a student on how to lift the mood while preparing for boards, PM Modi said, “Motivation and demotivation are very common in life. Everyone goes through these feelings. In this regard, I can never forget my visit to ISRO during Chadrayaan 2. Some people had told me not to attend the launch event saying ‘there is no surety, what if it fails’. I told them that is the reason I must be there,” he said. “A temporary setback doesn’t mean success is not waiting. In fact, a setback may mean the best is yet to come,” Modi added.

Marks are not life anymore

Responding to a query by a student from Uttarkhand who wanted to know ‘how much attention one should pay to score good marks in exams’, PM Modi said that we must rise above exams and asserted that we can move ahead in life with more options. “Today, the world has changed a lot. The opportunities have developed immensely. The marks are not life anymore. Neither is any examination. These are just steps. First and foremost, we must accept this as a key step, but this isn’t our life,” said PM.

“There is an environment created that says that we should get marks first, and everything else should be done later. Parents want to motivate their kids… I will urge parents not to tell children that exams are everything,” Modi explained.

Extra-curricular activities needn’t be glamour driven

Responding to questions by students on the importance of extra-curricular activities, PM Modi said, “I want to tell the students to take time out — however brief — every day to pursue an extra-curricular activity.”

“Not pursuing co-curricular activities can make a person like a robot. Yes, this would require better time management. Today opportunities are many and I hope youngsters make use of them,” Modi told students

“What is not good is when the passion of the children becomes fashion statements for parents. Extra-curricular activities needn’t be glamour driven. Let each child pursue what he or she likes,’ he said.

Don’t allow tech to take control of lives

In response to questions about the importance of technology posed by two students, Deepesh Rai from Sikkim and Divya from Andaman and Nicobar, PM Modi said that students should look at technology as a friend even as he cautioned them against allowing technology to take control of their lives. Pointing out that social networking is important, the PM said that today social networking is dominated by the social media. Cautioning against allowing technology to take control of lives, the Prime Minister encouraged people to go out and personally interact with the people. He urged students to ensure that at least one hour per day should be kept free of technology.

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