Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised students appearing for public school-leaving examinations to be calm and disciplined, invoking Harry Potter author JK Rowling to underline the importance of perseverance.
Speaking on his monthly radio address Mann Ki Baat, Modi gave out a slew of tips and suggestions for students to stay focused and not be under pressure, days before the examinations commence.
He also referred to the Union Budget that will be presented on Monday, calling the crucial financial exercise as “my examination” .
“Set your targets and pursue them with a free mind, without pressure. Compete with yourself and not others. If we change our perspective towards examinations, we can be tension free,” he said.
The programme’s 17 edition that was aired on the All India Radio and Doordarshan also featured sports legends Sachin Tendulkar and Vishwanathan Anand, in addition to top scientist CNR Rao.
Tendulkar recalled his cricket days and asked students to set targets themselves and not be pressurised by others’ expectations.
“Be well rested and get a good nights’ sleep. Stay calm. Don’t be overconfident but don’t be pessimistic,” Anand said.
The PM congratulated Indian scientists involved in the landmark discovery of gravitational waves.
“Students should care about their health. Discipline is important – those who are unorganized and indisciplined waste enough and are tense,” he said.
Millions of children around the country will appear for the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) Class 12th board exams from March 1 to April 24 and the class 10th exams from March 1 to March 28.
Every year, many students kill themselves or run away from home under the massive weight of expectations from parents, relatives and schools to perform well in the examinations that are crucial for college admissions.