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PM to Pupils: ‘Confidence key to overcome examophobia’

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to students in a unique way in New Delhi. He addressed the students in one of its kind “Pariksha Pe Charcha” event. Interacting with the school children, he tried to assuage the persisiten fear of exam among students.

Lakhs of students and thousands of schools across the country connected with the Prime Minister to discuss exam-related issues through a video conference.

Before taking questions from the students, the Prime Minister Modi said, “it was his exam today”, and thanked his teachers for whom he is “still a student”. “They inspired me to keep the student alive in me,” the Prime Minister said.

Addressing students, the Prime Minister asked students to consider him as their friend. He also thanked students for participating in the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign.

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Telling students about the importance of confidence, Modi said, “There is no shortage of the effort that students put in but lacking in confidence makes you unable to write anything in exam. I followed Swami Vivekananda in my student days. His teachings say that 33 crore gods and goddesses can also not do anything if you are confident of what you are doing.”

To boost the self confidence among students, he gave them the example of Mark McMorris – a snowboarder who won a bronze medal at Winter Olympics going on in South Korea, just 11 months after suffering from multiple injuries in an accident.

In answer to a student’s question on the importance of concentration during exams and in life, he said, “Concentration isn’t something that has to be specifically learnt. Every person concentrates on something or the other during the day, it may be while reading, hearing a song, talking to a friend.” “Yoga is a wonderful way to improve concentration,” he added.

Narendra ModiTo resolve students’ complaints of parents putting undue pressure on them, he advised parents not to compare their wards with other children. He said, “Every child is different. Try to find out what they are good at and don’t force your dreams on them. Try to be friends with your children.” He also requested parents not to make the achievements of their child a matter of social prestige.

The interactive session, also being dubbed as “Exam Ki Baat”, was organised days after the prime minister launched his book “Exam Warriors”. The book is a collection of anecdotes from his growing up years and lists mantras to help students to stay calm before the examination.

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