Naren­dra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia

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Prime Min­is­ter Shri Naren­dra Modi in­ter­acted with school and col­lege stu­dents at Talkatora Sta­dium, here to­day. Around 2300 school and col­lege stu­dents in­clud­ing teach­ers and prin­ci­pals par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gramme. Min­is­ter for Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment, Shri Prakash Javadekar graced the oc­ca­sion. Prime Min­is­ter, Shri Naren­dra Modi held a Town Hall ses­sion with stu­dents on sub­jects re­lated to ex­am­i­na­tions. He took ques­tions from stu­dents present at the event. Stu­dents also asked him ques­tions through var­i­ous tele­vi­sion news chan­nels, the Naren­dra Modi Mo­bile App, and the MyGov plat­form. Be­gin­ning the con­ver­sa­tion, the Prime Min­is­ter said that he had come to the Town Hall ses­sion as a friend of the stu­dents, and their par­ents and fam­ily. He said that he was speak­ing to as many as 10 crore peo­ple across the coun­try, through var­i­ous plat­forms. He ac­knowl­edged his own teach­ers, who had in­stilled in him the val­ues that en­able him to keep the stu­dent in him alive till to­day. He ex­horted every­one to keep the stu­dent alive in them. In the course of the event which lasted about two hours, the Prime Min­is­ter took ques­tions on a range of sub­jects, in­clud­ing ner­vous­ness, anx­i­ety, con­cen­tra­tion, peer pres­sure, par­ents’ ex­pec­ta­tions, and the role of teach­ers. His an­swers were em­bel­lished with wit, hu­mour and a num­ber of dif­fer­ent il­lus­tra­tive ex­am­ples. He quoted Swami Vivekananda to in­voke the im­por­tance of self­con­fi­dence, to deal with ex­am­i­na­tion stress and anx­i­ety. He gave the ex­am­ple of the Cana­dian snow­boarder Mark McMor­ris, who won a bronze medal in the on­go­ing Win­ter Olympic Games, just eleven months af­ter suf­fer­ing a life threat­en­ing in­jury. On the sub­ject of con­cen­tra­tion, the Prime Min­is­ter re­called the great crick­eter Sachin Ten­dulkar’s ad­vice on the ra­dio pro­gramme Mann Ki Baat. Ten­dulkar had said that he only fo­cuses on the ball that he is play­ing at present, and does not worry about the past or fu­ture. The Prime Min­is­ter also said that Yoga can help in im­prov­ing con­cen­tra­tion. On the sub­ject of peer pres­sure, the Prime Min­is­ter spoke of the im­por­tance of “Anus­pardha” (com­pet­ing with one­self), rather than “Pratispardha” (com­pet­ing with others). He said one should only try to

do bet­ter than what one had achieved ear­lier. Not­ing that every par­ent sac­ri­fices for his or her child, the Prime Min­is­ter urged par­ents not to make the achieve­ments of their child a mat­ter of so­cial pres­tige. He said every child is blessed with unique tal­ents. The Prime Min­is­ter ex­plained the sig­nif­i­cance of both the In­tel­lec­tual Quo­tient, and the Emo­tional Quo­tient, in the life of a stu­dent. On time man­age­ment, the Prime Min­is­ter said that for stu­dents, one time-ta­ble or a sched­ule can­not be ap­pro­pri­ate for the full year. It is es­sen­tial to be flex­i­ble and make best use of one’s time, he added. Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Shri Javadekar said that Exam is a non-po­lit­i­cal is­sue and is not only con­fined to school and col­leges but is re­lated to life, as every chal­lenge in life is an exam. He fur­ther added that it is an im­por­tant topic as it re­lates to ev­ery­body and we must han­dle exam pres­sure with pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and ex­ams should be treated like fes­ti­vals. The min­is­ter lauded the vi­sion and mis­sion of Prime Min­is­ter Shri Naren­dra Modi in pro­vid­ing holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion from pri­mary to higher stud­ies. Shri Javadekar said that the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment has taken a num­ber of ini­tia­tives to change the struc­ture of the en­tire ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. He added that to pro­mote qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, the min­istry has de­vel­oped learn­ing out­comes. He fur­ther said that in­no­va­tion in higher ed­u­ca­tion is also a key fo­cus to sup­port re­search within the coun­try. Shri Javadekar also in­formed that the bud­get al­lo­ca­tion of Rs 1,00,000 crore for Re­vi­tal­is­ing In­fra­struc­ture and Sys­tems in Ed­u­ca­tion (RISE) will also help to step up in­vest­ment in re­search and re­lated in­fra­struc­ture. He also said that the Prime Min­is­ter's Re­search Fel­lows (PMRF) scheme will help im­prov­ing the qual­ity of re­search by at­tract­ing the best tal­ents across the coun­try. The min­is­ter added that high tech­nol­ogy re­search labs are be­ing de­vel­oped to pro­mote brain gain. Stu­dents of Ken­driya Vidyalaya San­gathan also per­formed a cul­tural pro­gramme dur­ing the event. Prime Min­is­ter Shri Naren­dra Modi also vis­ited the Poster ex­hi­bi­tion and Graf­fiti wall where he in­ter­acted with the stu­dents. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Min­is­ter of Law & Jus­tice and Elec­tron­ics & In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Shri J P Nadda, Union Min­is­ter of Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare, Dr. Harsh Vard­han, Min­is­ter for Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy & Earth Sciences and En­vi­ron­ment, For­est and Cli­mate Change, Dr Ji­ten­dra Singh, Min­is­ter of State (In­de­pen­dent Charge) for De­vel­op­ment of North East­ern Re­gion (DoNER), MoS PMO, Per­son­nel, Pub­lic Griev­ances, Pen­sions, Atomic En­ergy and Space, Shri Satya Pal Singh, Min­is­ter of State (Higher Ed­u­ca­tion) and Shri Upen­dra Kush­waha, Min­is­ter of State (School Ed­u­ca­tion & Lit­er­acy), Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment were also among the dig­ni­taries present.

Mak­ing school ed­u­ca­tion qual­i­ta­tive

The Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment, through the cen­trally spon­sored schemes of Sarva Shik­sha Ab­hiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Mad­hyamik Shik­sha Ab­hiyan (RMSA) sup­ports the States and UTs on sev­eral in­ter­ven­tions to im­prove qual­ity, in­clud­ing reg­u­lar in­ser­vice teach­ers’ train­ing, in­duc­tion train­ing for newly re­cruited teach­ers, train­ing on ICT Com­po­nent, In­clu­sive Ed­u­ca­tion, Gen­der Sen­si­ti­za­tion and Ado­les­cent Ed­u­ca­tion.Un­der both SSA and RMSA, the fo­cus is to give sub­ject spe­cific, need based and rel­e­vant in ser­vice teacher train­ing to both ele­men­tary and sec­ondary

Naren­dra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia

Prakash Javadekar, Min­is­ter of Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment

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