With the video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking “PUBG wala hain kya?” to a mother complaining about her son’s addiction to online games going viral on social media and #ParikshaPeCharcha trending on Twitter for hours, it goes without saying that the interactive event did not fail to create ripple effects among Indian students, teachers, parents, in short, the educational fraternity of the country.

‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0’ took place in the capital and about 2000 students and numerous parents participated in it. Those schools which could not make it to the event ran a live telecast of the programme for their students of classes VIII, IX, X, XI and XII.

PM Narendra Modi’s foremost advice, to the students of classes X and XII who would soon be taking the final board examinations, was to remain mentally calm, cool and composed during exams. The students received this advice with appreciation and were elated and encouraged after this interaction with the Prime Minister.

Class X student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Khushi Namdev, said that she was relieved when Mr. Modi made them realize that exams are not an end of this world. She added that usually, parents end up attaching a lot of importance to the exams. It becomes extremely important to score high marks. When the Prime Minister of the country said that exams was just another part of schooling and held no extra significance, Khushi, like other students, who watched the session, heaved a sigh of relief.

It is often seen that the over-importance attached to exams, forces students to detest the same. If students are told that exams are not the only factor that would determine their futures, they will develop a positive attitude towards exams. This, in turn, would eliminate nervousness and exam related anxiety that many students fall prey to.

Mayank Shrivastav, a class XI student says that the programme had a positive effect on his mother who asked him to concentrate more on his diet and health than studies. Contrary to common belief, doing well in examination does not guarantee a great career or failing in an examination does not mean that a child’s future is doomed.

Not only students but teachers and principals too gave positive feedback on the programme. Principal, Sagar Public School, Saket Nagar, said that his students received the programme with enthusiasm. The Prime Minister urged the youngsters to contribute towards the foundation of New India. A goal which is long term and collective goes a long way in determining the course an entire generation. It gives them higher aspirations.

Twitterati also exploded in praises for “Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0”. Actor Akshay Kumar echoed the Prime Minister’s words by attaching the link of the programme’s video to his tweet. He wrote that it was something that he related to. He added that he was never academically a good student. Yet through hard work, he is a successful individual today. Lastly, he wrote that there was more to life than academics and exams. Kumar is known for his films that contain a social message.

PM Modi is famous for his out-of-the-box approach to every issue. In this case, too, he advised parents not to treat their children’s report cards as visiting cards. Every child has a special gift and it was the duty of parents and teachers to find and nurture that gift rather than create extra pressure on the young minds only for higher marks.