Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked students and parents to take
examinations as a festival and not be under stress. Addressing the
nation in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, the Prime
Minister gave the slogan of Smile More and Score More, saying a happy
student scores more marks. He said, a relaxed attitude will enable a
student to recall all that he has learnt in the exam hall. He stressed
that a happy mind is the secret for a good mark sheet as relaxation is
the medicine for memory recall.
Mr Modi also said, exams are not a matter of life and death and it is
not a benchmark to gauge success. Saying that the first couple of months
are the time for exams of students, the Prime Minister observed that a
tense atmosphere prevails in the entire family.
Giving the example of former president A P J Abdul Kalam who failed in
his Air Force recruitment exam, Mr Modi said, if Mr Kalam would have
given up after his failed attempt, the nation would not have got such a
big scientist and inspiring President.
Replying to a query sent by a listener, Mr Modi said, gaining knowledge
is far more potent than getting high scores. He said, life is a proper
coordination between sense of mission and sense of ambition. He said,
instead of running after marks, students should gain knowledge, skill,
and develop their self confidence and determination. He said, no one
seeks to know the marks of a family doctor or lawyer and spelled out
that it is the experience which ultimately counts.
The Prime Minister also said, one should compete with oneself rather
than competing with others. He observed that cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
achieved great heights because he was determined to break his own
Mr Modi said, parents have an important role to play too. He recounted
the story of a listener who wrote that his mother, though not educated
herself, went to great lengths to help him during study. The Prime
Minister appreciated the role of a mother in a student's education.
He said, parents should stress on three points- acceptance, teaching and
giving time. He asked parents to accept, saying that expectation is the
root of the problem. He opined that parents' expectation are heavier
than the weight of a school bag. He also warned against cheating during
exams, terming it as a short cut which eventually leads to failure. He
said to cheat is to be cheap and asked students to not do so.
The Prime Minister said, proper rest, sleep and physical activity are
essential elements for the overall development of a student. He said,
there is world outside of books and exam results. Mr Modi said, there
are several tests in life. Prime minister said, examinations have very
little to do with success and failures. He advised students to recharge
their minds through study breaks, and deep breathing in fresh air.
Stating that 'P for Prepare and P for Play', Mr Modi said the person who
plays, shines. Saying duties and rights are two wheels of democracy, Mr
Modi appealed the citizens to do dwell more on their duties and rights.
He hoped that in every level, stress is given to the duties of a person
towards the nation and its people. He said, there should be debates and
discussions in greater depth about the rights and duties of a citizen.
He said, Republic Day is an occasion for the people to dedicate
themselves to the Constitution, democracy, duties of a citizen which
will inspire and create awareness among the coming generations of their
Mr Modi said, rights and duties are the paths on which country's
democracy can advance with greater speed.
The Prime Minister congratulated the brave soldiers and their families
who were awarded with Gallantry awards. He appealed the youth
especially, who are active on social media, to look up the profiles of
the recipients of the Gallantry awards on the net, and share their
stories and deeds of valour.
Mr Modi also paid tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives due to
avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Prime Minister said, Indian Coast Guard will complete 40 years on
the first of February. He thanked the Coast Guard for their service to
the nation and expressed pride that with its 126 ships and 62 aircraft,
the Indian Coast Guard is among the top four Coast Guards in the world.
He also praised the men and women in the Coast Guard for their
initiative to clean coastal areas as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Mr Modi said tomorrow marks the death anniversary of Father of the
Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. He said two minutes of silence is observed at 11
AM on the day to pay homage to martyrs. He said, these two minutes of
silence express reverence towards martyrs. He said, these two minutes
must reflect our gratitude towards martyrs.
Mr Modi extended his greetings to the nation on the occasion of Basant
Panchami on the first of next month. The Prime Minister thanked All
India Radio for its initiative to air Mann Ki Baat in regional languages
right after his address ends. He praised Akashvani for bringing new
colours every time with its creativity.