New Delhi: In the 5th edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha (PPC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi, interacted with students, teachers and parents today at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.
He inspected the exhibits of the students showcased at the venue before the interaction. Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Annpurna Devi, Subhas Sarkar, Rajkumar Ranjan Singh and Rajeev Chandrasekhar along with virtual participation of Governors and Chief Ministers, teachers, students and parents, were present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister maintained an interactive, jovial and conversational tone throughout the interaction.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister expressed his happiness for addressing his young friends after the virtual interaction last year.
He said that PPC is his favourite programme.
He noted the start of Vikram Samvat new year tomorrow and also greeted the students for many upcoming festivals.
The Prime Minister introduced a new practice in the 5th edition of PPC.
He said that questions that could not be taken by him will be addressed through video, audio or text message on the Namo App.
The First question came from Khushi Jain of Delhi. From Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, Kini Patel of Vadodara also asked about the tensions and stress pertaining to examinations.
The Prime Minister asked them not to be stressed as this is not the first examination given by them.
“In a way you are exam-proof," he said.
The experience they got from previous examinations would help them overcome the upcoming examinations. He said that some portion of the study might be missed but asked them not to be stressed over that.
He suggested that they should focus on the strength of their preparation and stay relaxed and natural in their day to day routine.
There is no point in trying anything as imitation of others but stay with their routine and work in a festive relaxed manner.
The next question was from Tarun of Mysuru, Karnataka. He asked how to pursue an online mode of study despite many online distractions like YouTube, etc. Shahid Ali of Delhi, Keerthana of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and a teacher Chandrachudeshwaran of Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu also had the same question in their minds.
The Prime Minister said that the problem is not with the online or offline modes of study.
Even in the offline mode of study, the mind could be very distracted.
“It is not the medium but the mind that is the problem”, he said.
He said whether it is online or offline when the mind is in the study, distractions won't bother the students.
He said the technology would evolve and the students should embrace the new technologies in education. New modes of learning should be taken as an opportunity, not as a challenge. Online can augment your offline learning.
He said online is for collection and offline is for nurturing and doing. He gave an example of preparing dosa.
"One can learn to make dosa online but preparation and consumption will happen offline," he said.
He said there is so much happiness in thinking about oneself and staying with one’s own self as compared to living in the virtual world.
Suman Rani, a teacher from Panipat, Haryana asked how provisions of the New Education Policy will empower students’ lives in particular and society, in general, and how would it pave the way for Naya Bharat. Shila of East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya also asked on similar lines.
The Prime Minister said that it is a ‘National’ Education Policy and not a ‘New’ Education Policy.
He said the policy was drafted after a lot of brainstorming with various stakeholders. That would be a record in itself.
“Consultation for National Education Policy has been exhaustive. People across India were consulted on this” he said.
He continued, this policy was made not by the Government but by the citizens, the students, and its teachers for the development of the country.
He said previously, Physical Education & Training were extracurricular activities. But now they are made a part of education and are gaining new prestige.
He said that the 20th century education system and ideas can not determine our development trajectory in the 21st century.
He said that we would be left out and go back if we don’t evolve with the changing systems.
He said that National Education Policy gives the opportunity to follow one’s passion.
He stressed the importance of skill along with knowledge.
He said that’s the reason to include skills as part of the National Education Policy.
He also underlined the flexibility provided by NEP in the choice of subjects.
He said proper implementation of NEP will open new venues.
He urged schools all over the country to find new ways to implement the new technologies invented by the students.
Roshini of Ghaziabad, UP asked how to deal with the expectations of her family about the results and whether to take the education seriously as felt by the parents or to enjoy it as a festival. Kiran Preet Kaur of Bhatinda, Punjab asked the question along similar lines.
The Prime Minister asked the parents and teachers not to force their dreams on the students.
“Unfulfilled dreams of teachers and parents can not be forced on students. It is important for every child to follow their own dreams” said the Prime Minister.
He urged the parents and teachers to accept that every student has some special ability and to discover that.
He told the student to recognize their strength and move ahead with confidence.
Vaibhav Kannaujia of Delhi asked how to stay motivated and succeed when we have more backlog.