'Pariksha Pe Charcha' on April 7 in new virtual format: PM Modi

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi addressing at the launch of the pan India rollout of COVID-19 vaccination drive via video conferencing, in New Delhi on January 16, 2021. PIB

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced that his annual interaction with students, “ParikshaPeCharcha”, will be held on April 7 in a new virtual format.

“A new format, several interesting questions on a wide range of subjects and a memorable discussion with our brave #ExamWarriors, parents and teachers. Watch ‘ParikshaPeCharcha’ at 7 pm on 7th April,” the prime minister tweeted.

Along with his tweet, he also tagged a video on the event in which the highlights of this year’s ‘ParikshaPeCharcha’ were detailed.

“We have been living under the shadow of coronavirus for the last one year and because of that I have to forego the charm of meeting you in person and have to be with you in a new format — the first virtual edition of ‘ParikshaPeCharcha’,” Modi said in the video.

He also urged students to look upon exams as an opportunity and not as an end of life’s dreams.

A voice-over in the video said that the prime minister would speak with children as a friend and also interact with teachers and parents during the virtual event.

Modi also talked about the pressure of what would people and parents say which sometimes became a burden.

In the video, the prime minister also said that this was ‘ParikshaPeCharcha’ but was not confined to just a discussion on ‘Pariksha’ or exams.

In February, it was announced that Modi’s annual interaction with students would be held online this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first edition of the prime minister’s interaction programme with school and college students “ParikshaPeCharcha 1.0” was held at the Talkatora Stadium on February 16, 2018.

An online creative writing competition was conducted on various topics from February 17 to March 14, for children studying in classes of 9 to 12, teachers and parents.

Almost 14 lakh participants have registered themselves in the contest for the fourth edition of ParikshaPeCharcha. As many as 10.5 lakh students, 2.6 lakh teachers and 92,000 parents participated in the creative writing contest.

“More than 60 per cent of the students who participated are from classes 9 and 10. For the first time students from 81 foreign countries have participated in the pre-PPC creative writing contest,” a senior official of the Ministry of Education said.