Focusing his attention on students appearing in their final examinations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked them to consider exams as a festival and to refrain from taking short cuts like cheating.
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As the 50 day duration to deposit now illegal tenders of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes closes on December 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched "Bhim: Bharat Interface for Money", a real time cashless transaction scheme at the Digi Dhan Mela in Delhi's Tal Katora Stadium on December 30. A happy mind is the secret of a good mark sheet. During exams there should be an environment of festivity, it will turn P for pressure into P for pleasure. Giving the example of late President APJ Abdul Kalam's failure in an air force recruitment examination, the PM said that he had accepted it as a defeat, then India would not have got such a great scientist and President. It should be seen as an opportunity to highlight all the hard work you have done in a year.
He also told the students what while competing with others gives birth to jealousy and ego, competition with self lead to introspection, encouragement and confidence.
Only studying for marks will lead to shortcuts and one will limit himself or herself.
"The root of all the problems are expectations, it is acceptance that makes things easy". Competing with others can make you unhappy and jealous.
PM Modi congratulated the Indian Coast Guards for completing 40 years on Feb 1, 2017. "Talking to students, PM Modi said that exams can bring out the best from them".