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Pariksha pe charcha: Modi discusses depression, exams with students

January 31, 2019

Prime minister Narendra Modi asked parents not to expect their children to fulfil their unfulfilled dreams as he interacted with students, teachers and parents in the second edition of “Pariksha pe charcha” held on Tuesday.

The PM spoke to them about studies and exam-related issues at the event held in Talkatora stadium, New Delhi attended by students from India and Indians studying abroad, including in Russia, Nigeria, Iran, Nepal, Doha, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

Excerpts from the discussion:

  • “Children nowadays are not able to express themselves. Expression has decreased and suppression has increased in today’s time. Parents should be liberal with the child and regular conversation is a very important part to cut off depression from a child’s life. Counselling is an important part to take off depression.”
  • “Break your own records. This will help you to live a stress free life. Do not compare yourself to any other person. You should have confidence and belief in yourself.”  
  • “Students should never do anything under pressure. Comparison should not be done with any other student. We should always appreciate the efforts done by a student with whatever they have achieved.”
  • “Exams are never bad. It’s up to us how we look into it. Exams are an opportunity for candidates to check them out. We should not live for exams, we should live for ourselves. We should live for knowledge. Acquiring knowledge is very important rather than marks.”
  • Depression should not be taken lightly. Parents and teachers together should communicate with children to fight against depression.”
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