Students should be
allowed to decide
their future freely,
follow their dreams: Modi


NEW DELHI: Urging parents and teachers not to force their ‘unfulfilled dreams’ upon their children, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday advised them to let students follow their dreams while addressing board exam students during the 2022 edition of ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ on Friday.
Students should not be pressurized by teachers and parents to score good marks. The unfulfilled dreams of parents and teachers should not be forced upon children. They should be allowed to decide their future freely and follow their dreams,” said PM Modi while interacting with students during the fifth edition of ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ at Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium today. He further said, “Parents sometimes fail to closely observe the strength and interests of their children. We should understand that every child is blessed with something extraordinary that parents and teachers fail to discover a lot of times.”

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The Prime Minister further explained that online education is based on the principle of attaining knowledge while offline education is regarding sustaining that knowledge and practically applying it further.
Stating that skills are quite important across the world, the Prime Minister said, ” Technology is not a bane, it should be used effectively. Today students are developing 3D printers and running apps for Vedic mathematics. They’re efficiently using technology.”
Further highlighting that outdated ideas and policies from the 20th century cannot guide the country’s development trajectory in the 21st century, the Prime Minister said, “We have to change with the times. NEP should be called ‘National Education Policy. So many people were involved in drafting the policy. We were brainstorming on it for the last 6-7 years. We took the advice of teachers and students from far-flung areas along with modern intellectuals.”
The Prime Minister also advised the students to find out what makes them happy and indulge in activities they enjoy to keep themselves motivated.
“There is no injection or formula for motivation. Instead, discover yourself better. Find out what makes you happy and work on that. Do things that you enjoy,” added PM Modi.
Pariksha Pe Charcha is an annual event in which the Prime Minister responds to questions related to examination stress and related areas posed by students in his uniquely engaging style in a live programme.

“Come again”; Modi tells 72 retiring Rajya Sabha MPs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday bid farewell to the retiring 72 Rajya Sabha, saying that they should come back to the House given their rich Parliamentary experiences.

Speaking in the Upper House, the Prime Minister noted that the retiring MPs include those who have been members of the Rajya Sabha for three and four terms. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

“We have spent a long time in this Parliament. This House has contributed a lot to us also. In fact, the House has given us more than what we have contributed,” said the Prime Minister, who at the outset of his farewell speech wished that the retiring MPs would be able to come back to the House.

The Prime Minister stated that the retiring MPs are reservoirs of experiences. “Sometimes experiences are more useful than academic knowledge. The experiences help us in solving problems and the mistakes of the new are minimised,” the Prime Minister said in the Rajya Sabha.

He also said that such MPs should take their rich experiences to all parts of the country.

“The house naturally has a sense of loss when MPs with so much experience leave. Those who do not have experience have far more responsibilities. Let us resolve that whatever we have learned from the retiring MPs should be carried forward for the progress of the nation. We will say to the retiring members ‘come again’,” he added

A total of 72 retiring members of the Rajya Sabha on Thursday had a group photo with Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

The event was organised before the Upper House bid farewell to the retiring members. Some of the members are retiring this month and some of them are retiring a little later.

Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, deputy leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Anand Sharma, former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh, Subramanian Swamy, Suresh Prabhu, A K Antony, and nominated members Swapan Dasgupa and Roopa Ganguly are among the MPs who are retiring from the Rajya Sabha in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, voting for the 13 Rajya Sabha seats will take place today across six states. Five Rajya Sabha nominees of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) have already been elected to the Upper House unopposed on the back of the party sweeping the Assembly elections in the state recently.

The BJP nominee S Phangnon Konyak has also been elected to the Upper House unopposed from Nagaland. She will be the first woman member of the Rajya Sabha from Nagaland.The BJP candidate Sikander Kumar has also been elected to the Rajya Sabha unopposed from Himachal Pradesh. With the BJP having 43 MLAs in the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly, Congress hadn’t fielded candidate in the biennial polls for the Rajya Sabha.

For six other Rajya Sabha seats, voting is underway in Kerala, Tripura and Assam.

In Tripura, the ruling BJP has fielded state unit party chief Manik Saha while the Left Front has nominated senior CPI (M) leader Bhanu Lal Saha. Kerala will elect three members for the Rajya Sabha.

Incidentally, one-third of the members of the Rajya Sabha from each state retire every two years on the completion of their six-year terms. (ANI)