With the exam season around the corner, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday exhorted students and their families to treat exams as a festival and not as a source of stress, saying they should “smile more to score more” and not take it as “test of life”.
In his monthly Mann Ki Baat broadcast, he underlined the need for students to relax by taking breaks from studies and rest properly and said that the memory’s recall power is at its best when the mind is relaxed.
He also asked students to chose ‘anuspardha‘ (competing with self) over ‘pratispardha‘ (competing with others).
Students, parents and teachers were the focus of Modi’s 40-minute address as he noted that he found exams a source of concern for them wherever he went all these years and he always felt that they should come out of this “strange psychological pressure”. He urged students not to chase marks but gain knowledge. He also asked students to desist from resorting to shortcuts and cheating to score more.