PM Modi urged students to talk about depression, mental health; asked parents to motivate children, have realistic expectations
New Delhi: The second edition of 'Pariksha pe Charcha 2.0' saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with a total of 2,000 students, parents and teachers on January 29 in the national capital.
The interaction revolved around issues related to examinations and the stress connected to them.
For the first time, students from all over India and also Indian students residing abroad participated, as the last year only Delhi/NCR students had been called for participation.
Indian students from countries like Russia, Nigeria, Iran, Nepal, Doha, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore participated in the interaction.
MyNation takes a look at the Prime Minister’s words of wisdom
- I would request parents - do not expect your children to fulfill your unfulfilled dreams. Every child has his or her own potential and strengths. it is important to understand the positives of every child.
- I hope parents do not make the report card of their children their own visiting cards. Because if that is the aim, then the expectations from children become unreal.
- Society should be aspirational, not negative. If people have expectations from us, it shows that they have some trust in us. We have to make ourselves capable, not get bogged down by expectations. We must take it positively.
- Is he a PUBG gamer? I will not say exposure to technology is a bad thing for students. It is good that students are getting acquainted with new technology. Technology should lead to the expansion of the mind and as a means to innovate.
- While aiming big in life is good, don't get so carried away by it that your dreams remain dreams, and you become old just thinking about it.
- We must understand ourselves. We must be true to ourselves, questions ourselves frequently to see how we stand periodically as compared to our ambitions and dreams in life. If you see yourself far from it, then you know what to do. You must break your dreams into phases and give it a time frame to achieve. You must cross one milestone at a time. Climb from a smaller peak to a larger one.
- I sincerely believe that anything that challenges us, polishes us too. If there is nothing to test us, then we become complacent. There must always be something to challenge us.
- We work hard, but we all go through some setbacks in life. You work 17 hours a day, how do you keep yourself motivated? What keeps a mother motivated and energized through the day, doing so many things tirelessly? She does it for her family and their wellbeing. Similarly, I truly consider all my fellow countrymen as my family. That is what keeps me encouraged and motivated.
- When something challenges you, you must pay attention to what qualities of yours came forth during that challenge. Those are the ones you need to work on. When it comes to exams, our focus should never be on marks. It should be on acquiring knowledge and understanding the subject. You will score marks if that is taken care of.
- One thing that is most important for all of us is time management. Time is our own, and we decide what to do with our time and how to get things done. That is totally in your control. We all have the same 24 hours. But those who manage their time well set themselves apart. You have to prioritize from time to time. Those who master the art of time management, they seem to go through life effortlessly. Time management is the most important thing. If we have 10 things to do, sometimes we need to know which are the six or seven that need priority.
- Clarity of thought and conviction are essential. Yes, science and maths are essential but there are other subjects too worth exploring. There are opportunities in so many areas now.
- I would again encourage parents to be a factor of motivation and encouragement for your child. Only when you take it in spirit and encourage your child, does a 60% holder move towards 70 or 80%. If you only criticize and scold your child for not getting 90%, you will demotivate your child to start believing that they are incapable. This will take their grades further down towards 40% (from 60).
- In a nation like ours, the subject of depression is very worrying. Our culture has mechanisms to cope with this. The more we talk openly about aspects relating to depression and mental health, it is better. We must always express, never suppress.
- A person does not always get depressed all of a sudden. There are signs that show a person is heading into depression. Ignoring these signs is not a good idea. On the contrary, we must talk about this.
With agency and media inputs
Last Updated Jan 29, 2019, 1:43 PM IST