Prime Minister Narendra Modi Addresses Students On Exam Stress; Important Tips

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the venue for 'Pariksha pe Charcha' where he will address the throngs of students about why appearing for exams without stress is important and how to do it.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Addresses Students On Exam Stress; Important Tips

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Addresses Students On Exam Stress

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the venue for 'Pariksha pe Charcha' where he will address the throngs of students about why appearing for exams without stress is important and how to do it. The event is being organized at the Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi. Apart from the students present at the stadium, students around the country are witnessing the interaction through a webcast. For the event, MHRD had invited questions related to exam stress which will be addressed today by the Prime Minister. 

Upendra Kushwaha, Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development , Satyapal Singh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, and Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development are also present at the event.

It is important to view examinations in the right perspective. Exams are not the benchmark for success in life. 

Prakash Javadekar who addressed the students too has said that now the aim is to change the quality of education and the attitude where students opt for B.Ed. only when they have no other option will change now. The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is being revamped to improve the attitude and quality of teacher training. He said that Brain drain will be converted to Brain Gain. 

He also informed that in the Hackathon organized last year 40,000 students participated  and this year the number increased to more than 1 lakh engineering students. 

The address by Prakash Javadekar was followed by a Cultural programme.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Tips for a Stress Free Exam

After the session with PM Modi strated the first question which was asked was about self-confidence.

On Self-Confidence

A student asked him that even after preparing for the exams and revising everything, studnets often feel low on self-confidence. How can students address this problem? To this Pm Modi said that self-confidence comes through constant practice and challenging ourselves. When going to school, remove this from your mind that someone else is taking your exam or marking you, remember that you are the one taking your exam and you will be the only one who would determine your future course of action. 
On Concentration

On the topic of concentration he said that we all concentrate on something. It could be reading or listening to song or any other thing which we might find interesting. HE advocated Yoga as a beneficial way to improve concentration.On Competition

On the topic of competition, he said that every individual is unique and has their own strengths. He or she said that a sportsperson is never asked what were his marks in school. The problem arises when we don't know ourselves. Instead of competing with others, we should compete with ourselves. When we compete with ourselves, we become more productive.
 On Parents' Role

Many students posed this question that they are often put into undue pressure by parents who compare them with the neighbour's kids. Students requested the PM to address their parents. On this question the PM said that students should try to understand that parents want the best for their children. To parents he said that they should not make this a question of status and do not pressurize their kids into something only beacuse other children are doing it. They should recognize, their child's strength and skill and be proud of them instead of comparing them with what other kids achieve. 
On the importance of De-focusing during Exam

If you want to focus, then you should learn to de-focus. You should learn to de-focus from something so that you could focus on what is important. He says that you cannot completely stop playing or other recreational activities during exams. You can manage your time differently, but cannot completely abandon activities that you like to do. To focus it is important to de-focus. Relaxing a bit time to time is very important.

On IQ and EQ

On the topic of IQ and EQ, he says that while people know that IQ is related to intelligence, no one really knows about EQ. EQ is emotional quotient. He says that we should interact with people around us. We should interact more with people and try to understand them. IQ may bring success but EQ gives us a mission in life.

On Yoga for Relaxation during Exams

On being asked what are the asanas which may help during exams. He said that Tarasan which is considered the right asana to increase height. But it’s not just about that. There is a process of doing asanas and following the correct process can help in relaxing. He also said that there are other asanas like Shavasan, Yog Nidra etc. which alos help during the exams. He also says that sleep is vital during exams. He, however, added that do not go after a particular asana and do asanas which help you relax.
 Role of Teachers

Teachers already fulfill their duties so they do not need to be reminded of their duties. However, things have changed with time. He remembered that when he was young, his mother would always include his teachers in major events which happened in their family. There was a time that parents had faith in teachers that they would guide their child. Now, parents don’t even recognize the teachers teaching their child. Just like a doctor knows the health history of a family, such was the case with teachers. But it has changed now. A teacher should know everything about their student including their family, friends and their whole eco-system in order to understand the behavior of a student only then will they be able to help them.

He also emphasized that the kind of respect we give to teachers, teachers should also respond in a similar manner.
On Time Management

Mismanagement of time starts when we don’t know our priorities. We should know what are the things which are important for our growth. He advised that students for a month should keep a diary and track what we intend to do and what we do throughout the day. After a month go through your diary and see what are the things which are important and where you spend your time. Through this, you will be able to identify your priorities and the things which are not important. After identifying your priorities, time-management will become easier. 

He also said that a rigid time table is not the solution. One should be flexible. 
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