The third Pariksha Pe Charcha, held on 20th January 2020, saw wide coverage across the country. In his third outreach, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat down with students to discuss issues related to exams, life, careers, and the stress connected to that. The Prime Minister also went through an exhibition of paintings made by various students, many of which featured themes from the environment, underscoring Mr. Modi’s key messages related to exam management, water conservation and plastic waste reduction.
The event, held for the third year at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi, saw a huge response, with 2000 students from Delhi/NCR region attending the event in person, while students from various other parts of the country and the Indian diaspora joining in via video links and radio. Nearly 10 crore students had joined in last year. This year too saw even higher participation – more than 30 crores students joined from within India and abroad. The program was preponed to January this year, after thousands of students had exhorted the PM to do so, before exams. Mr. Modi ensured that #WithoutFilter was the underlying theme, so that kids could talk candidly without fear.
Prime Minister Mr. Modi has always been very vocal about the need for students to be fit, stress free and encouraging them to take on challenges with confidence, including examinations. He had also written the extremely popular Exam Warriors for students and youth in an engaging style of writing, which touched upon the concerns of students and asking them to face all challenges with flair, without fear. He has often exhorted students to follow their passions, saying that clarity in thought and faith in conviction and character to act are essential to succeed. He has also stated that it is important how we deal with examinations, as it tells us about our personality and strengths.