In an online poll conducted by Hindustan Times, readers were asked to rate Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Teachers' Day interaction with students on a scale of 1 to 5.
While 77% of respondents gave Modi 5 on a scale of 5 (maximun rating), 10% voters gave 1 out of 5 (lowest rating). About 1% voters gave PM's interaction with students 2 on 5, another 2% gave it 3 on 5 and rest 10% gave 4 out of 5. (see below)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted live with millions of young students and teachers across the nation on Friday on the occasion of Teachers' Day. Modi addressed the students from 3pm to 4.45pm through satellite link and live telecast on Doordarshan and the human resource development ministry website.
In the one hour forty five minute event which was also beamed live through educational satellite EDUSAT, PM Modi stressed on the need for skill development and also touched upon the importance of girl education.
He also responded to queries at the end of his speech. During his question and answer session he advised students to 'think of accomplishing a task, instead of dreaming big'.
The HRD ministry in a meeting with states recently had directed them to make arrangements in all government schools for PM’s interaction to be watched and heard live.
Many states had objected to the instruction from the HRD ministry, saying it was not feasible for them to make arrangements in a short span of time. The Congress had termed the Centre's move a case of self propaganda.
Amid the controversy, Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani clarified participation in the session was "voluntary", not mandatory.