Students lost a year of their lives due to COVID but learnt many lessons, value of essentials: Modi

Exam a perfect opportunity to tighten yourself up; Use free time to increase curiosity about productive things


NEW DELHI, Apr 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said students might have lost a year of their lives due to the coronavirus pandemic but they have learnt lot of lessons of true value of essential things.
In his annual interaction called "Pariksha Pe Charcha" with students ahead of board exams, he said that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught everyone not to take anything for granted like regular school days and attending office.
"While we can say that students have lost a year of their lives due to COVID-19, but due to the pandemic, they have also learned a lot of lessons. They have learned the true value of many essential things.
"The pandemic has taught us to fight the unexpected. People have realised the importance of not taking anything for granted like regular school days, attending office. Though COVID-19 forced us to maintain social distancing but it strengthened families' emotional bonding," Modi said.
"We have lost much during the pandemic but we have also gained a lot. The biggest lesson that corona has taught is that the things and people you missed during the period, have such an important role in your life. Those activities and people you had assumed as part of a routine, you realised their importance," he added.
Schools across the country closed in March last year ahead of a nationwide lockdown to contain spread of novel coronavirus. The prolonged closure prompted the shift of teaching learning activities to online mediums.
While several states began partially reopening schools in October last year, the physical classes are again being suspended in the wake of fresh surge in cases.
The board exams for class 10 and 12 which are usually held in February-March are scheduled to be held in May-June this year.
This is the first time that the prime minister's interaction with the students was conducted virtually.
"We have been living amid coronavirus for the past one year. I had to leave behind the urge to meet you all and come to you via a new format. To not meet you in person, to not experience your enthusiasm is a huge loss for me," PM Modi during the first virtual edition of 'Pariksha Pe Charcha'. He listened to questions from two students over how to tackle the pleasure of exams.
The Prime Minister said, "Earlier parents used to be connected with children on many subjects and also were comfortable. Nowadays parents are involved with children for only their career, studies and celebrations."
"If parents are more involved then they understand the interest, nature, tendency of the children and fill the shortcomings of the children," PM Modi advised.
"We have one word for the exam - Kasautii. It means to tighten yourself, it is not that the exam is the last chance. Rather, the exam is a perfect opportunity to tighten yourself up to live a long life in a better way," the Prime Minister mentioned.
"The problem is when we consider exam as the end of life's dreams, we make the question of life and death. Exams are an opportunity to create life, there is an opportunity to take it as it is."
"If you have two hours to study then read every subject in the same manner. If it is a matter of studies then take the hard thing first, if your mind is fresh then try to take the hard thing first. If you solve a difficult problem, then the simple will become even simpler," the prime minister said while answering a question of a student of how to learn hard subjects.
PM Modi further said, "When I was the Chief Minister and after that, I became Prime Minister, I also read a lot. One has to learn a lot, several things have to be understood. So what I used to do is that I start in the morning with difficult things."
"Even if you find some topics difficult, this is not a drawback in your life. You just keep in mind that you do not have to shy away from studying difficult subjects," he said.
The Prime Minister further mentioned that people who are very successful in life are not proficient in every subject. "But their grip on one subject is tremendous," he added.
Last year, the event was held at Talkatora Stadium in the national capital and was attended by students, parents, and teachers.
Modi also advised students on how to use the free time during studies while interacting with them at 'Pariksha Pe Charcha 2021' via video conferencing.
"It needs to be kept in mind that what should be avoided in free time, otherwise those things will be consumed all the time. In the end, you will get fed up instead of being refreshed. You will start feeling tired," PM Modi said while answering a question of a student over how to use free time during the coronavirus pandemic. "Do not consider free time as empty. It is a treasure, privilege and opportunity," he said.
PM Modi said to students that "when you earn free time, you get to know its highest value. Therefore, your life should be such that when you earn free time, it will give you immense pleasure".
The Prime Minister said, "In our spare time, we need to increase our curiosity about what other things we can do that will probably be very productive."
He also advised teachers to talk to students out of the syllabus, adding that rather than stopping students from something, teachers should encourage them to be their best version.
"Children are very smart. It is difficult to say that children will do as you (teachers or parents) say. But they will defiantly learn things by seeing their teachers or parents," said PM Modi. (ANI)

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