Mrunal Manmay Dash

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Rajalaxmi Acharya, a girl student from Adarsha Vidyalaya in Cuttack’s Banki during his Pariksha Pe Charcha programme held at Bharat Mandapam in Delhi on Monday.

After being allowed to ask questions to PM Modi, Acharya began by saying Jay Jagannath. She asked about ways to keep the pressure away during exams.

PM Modi replied to her question in his own typical manner. Smiling at her he said more than students their parents have a bigger responsibility to keep the exams pressure away from their children.

He said, “Special behaviour by the parents during exams puts their children under more pressure.”

Giving an example, Modi said, “Parents give their children new dress, new pens and even ask them to eat something special to do well in exams. This kind of behaviour puts the children under more pressure. Parents should behave normal and treat the exams day as any other day.”

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Speaking at the seventh episode of his outreach programme with students ahead of examinations, he said students have become more innovative than ever.

Organised by the Ministry of Education, Pariksha Pe Charcha has been engaging students, parents and teachers for the past six years. This year, an estimated 2.26 crore registrations have taken place on the MyGov portal, highlighting widespread enthusiasm among students.

This year's event has been held in a town-hall format at the Bharat Mandapam. Two students and a teacher from each state and Union Territory, along with winners of the Kala Utsav, have been invited.