Pariksha Pe Charcha: Speak more openly about depression, PM Modi’s advice to students

With the exam season around the corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a town hall like event called Pariksha Pe Charcha (Let’s talk about exams) 2.0. This is the first time, students from all over India and abroad are participating in the event. A total of 2,000 students, parents and teachers participated in the event

Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0: Time management is key to beat stress, says PM Modi
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The programme had a live telecast in all government and CBSE schools, colleges and higher education institutions of the country and abroad. The Prime Minister interacted with more than 2,000 students at the event. The event was held at Talaktora Stadium in New Delhi.

Talking to a student on how to work on time management skills, PM Modi said that nobody needs to have an MBA degree to learn time management. He said that one should keep a track of how one has spent time in the past week. It will help in managing the time better.

He added, “Time management is very important for success and to beat the stress.”

He also stressed that exams do not define your life in any terms, he said, “Board exams are not the biggest challenge in life. There is life beyond exams.”

Here are a few highlights of the programme and key points that PM Narendra Modi has spoken about during his interaction with students.

He stated, “The PlayStation is good, but never forget the playing field. I cannot say- do not be totally relaxed before an exam. But, ask yourselves if this is an exam of your life or is it just an exam for a particular grade like Class X or XII?”

He further added, “Once you know the answer to this, your pressure will reduce. I would request parents- do not expect your children to fulfil your unfulfilled dreams. Every child has his or her own potential and strengths, it is important to understand these positives of every child.”

“Parents fail when they impose their own life ambitions on their kids; parents should try to identify the talent in their kids,” PM Modi explained.

He further said, “I hope parents do not make the report card of their children their own visiting cards, because if that is the aim then the expectations from children become unreal.”

While speaking about the impact that online gaming is having on the minds of the children, PM Narendra Modi, said, “Technology should aide us in our development and personal expansion. Teachers should also encourage the right use of technology, says PM

Also PM Modi broached the topic of depression and the affects it is having on people n society, he stated, “If the society, individual or the family is feeling depressed can they change the life of others? No, they cannot. That is why positive attitude and hope is very important to live your life.”

Speaking on the subject of depression, the Prime Minister said that in a nation like ours, this issue is worrying.

He said Indian culture has mechanisms to deal with this. The more we talk openly about aspects relating to depression and mental health, the better it is, he added.

He further stated said that a person does not get depressed all of a sudden. There are signs that show a person is heading into depression. Ignoring these signs is not a good idea.

On the contrary, we must talk about this, the Prime Minister said. He said that counselling can be helpful because it helps one talk about one’s problems.

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