Just like mobile phones, human bodies need recharging too: PM Modi to students

Just like mobile phones, human bodies need recharging too: PM Modi to students

New Delhi | Just like mobile phones, human bodies need recharging to function properly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told students on Monday while emphasising that physical health is as important as excelling in academics.

Interacting with students, parents and teachers during the seventh edition of his 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' programme, the prime minister shared two mantras -- a balanced lifestyle and avoiding anything in excess.

"Like one needs to recharge a mobile phone, the human body needs recharging too. Physical health is as important as excelling in academics. A healthy body is critical for a healthy mind. Being healthy requires some routines, spending time in sunlight and getting regular and complete sleep," he said.

Modi also stressed the need for a balanced diet and emphasised the importance of regular exercise and physical activities for fitness.

Organised by the Union Ministry of Education, 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' has been engaging students, parents and teachers over the past six years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fourth edition was held online, while the fifth and sixth editions returned to the town hall format.

A total of 31.24 lakh students, 5.60 lakh teachers and 1.95 lakh parents participated last year.

This time, an estimated 2.26 crore registrations have taken place on the MyGov portal, highlighting the widespread enthusiasm among students.

Top 25 mantras shared by PM Modi during seventh edition of 'Pariksha Pe Charcha'

Here are top 25 mantras shared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during seventh edition of "Pariksha pe Charcha" on Monday:

1. Parents should not make report cards of their children as their visiting card.

2. There is nothing like the "right time", do not wait for it.

3. Instil resilience in children to help them cope with pressures.

4. Student-teacher bond must be beyond syllabus and curriculum.

5. Make effective use of technology and mobile phones with the help of judgement-based decision-making.

6. Screen time eats into sleep time; I fall asleep within 30 seconds of going to bed.

7. Never sow seeds of competition and rivalry between your children, siblings should be an inspiration for each other.

8. Teachers must not take their profession as a mere job, they should take it as a means to empower the lives of students.

9. If there are millions of challenges, there are billions of solutions as well.

10. Compete with yourself, not with your friend.

11. Don’t keep preparing until the last moment, approach exams with a relaxed mindset to avoid unwanted tension.

12. Failures must not cause disappointments, every mistake is a new learning.

13. When there is no selfish motive, there is never confusion in decision.

14. Students, families and teachers need to collectively address the issue of external stress while evolving the process rather than implementing a systematic theory.

15. Doing well in exams is not a zero-sum game.

16. Friendship is not a transactional emotion, rejoice in the success of your friends too.

17. Need to avoid mistakes due to over enthusiasm of the parents or over sincerity of the students.

18. Trust deficit in families needs to be rectified.

19. Parents should not over-hype the exam day by new clothes, rituals or stationery.

20. Competition and challenges act as inspirations in life, but competition must be healthy.

21. Create 'no gadget zones' in houses.

22. Establish transparency between family members, share phone passcodes with them, no gadget during dinner.

23. Just like mobile phones, human bodies need recharging too.

24. Always make friends who are more intelligent and work harder, you must be inspired by such friends.

25. Practice writing for exams in pen and paper mode, habit of writing declining due to computers and phones.

Trust deficit between parents, children a serious issue, can push students into depression: PM

New Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said trust deficit between parents and children is a serious issue and that the distance created by it can push children into depression.

Interacting with students, teachers and parents during the annual "Pariksha Pe Charcha", the prime minister said the trust deficit is never sudden but is a result of a long-drawn process and requires a deep self-analysis of everyone's conduct, be it teachers, parents or students.

Responding to a question by Deepasri, a student from Puducherry Government Higher Secondary School, who joined the programme via video conferencing, the prime minister touched upon the serious issue of trust deficit in families and asked parents and teachers to tackle it.

"The deficit is not sudden but is a result of a long-drawn process and requires a deep self-analysis of everyone's conduct, be it teachers, parents or students. Honest communication can reduce the chances of trust deficit," he said.

"Students should be sincere and honest in their dealings. Similarly, parents should also convey their confidence in their children instead of suspicion. The distance created by the trust deficit can push children into depression. Teachers should keep channels of communication open with the students and avoid favouritism," he said.

The prime minister also asked students and parents to participate in an experiment and requested families of friends to regularly meet and discuss positive things that can help children.

Organised by the Union Ministry of Education, 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' has been engaging students, parents and teachers over the past six years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fourth edition was held online, while the fifth and sixth editions returned to the town hall format.

A total of 31.24 lakh students, 5.60 lakh teachers and 1.95 lakh parents participated last year.

This time, an estimated 2.26 crore registrations have taken place on the MyGov portal, highlighting the widespread enthusiasm among students.

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