Shillong: During the 5th edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with students from across country on Friday. Representing the state of Meghalaya was Shilla Bishnab, a Class IX student from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Mawphlang.

An exhaustive discussion was carried out on consultation for the National Education Policy (NEP). Prime Minister Modi, while responding to Meghalaya student Shilla Bishnab’s question on the NEP, said people from across India were consulted.

The Meghalaya student presented her question on NEP and how it will empower the society in general and students’ lives in particular, and how it will pave the way for a “Naya Bharat”. 

A Teacher from Haryana also posed the same question and responding to the queries, PM Modi said that it is a ‘National’ Education Policy and not a ‘New’ Education Policy.

He said the policy was drafted after a lot of brainstorming with various stakeholders. “Consultation for National Education Policy has been exhaustive. People from across India were consulted on this,” he said.  

The Prime Minister continued that the policy was made not by the government but by the citizens, students, and teachers for the development of the country.  He further added that the NEP was an opportunity to follow one’s passion.

He stressed the importance of skills along with knowledge and underlined the flexibility provided by the NEP in the choice of subjects. Modi said proper implementation of NEP will open new venues and urged schools all over the country to find new ways to implement the new technologies invented by the students.

Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik, students and teachers of JNV Mawphlang participated in the programme from Raj Bhawan in Shillong. 

The Governor expressed pride in the representation of the state by JNV student Shilla Bishnab. “I am proud that a student from Meghalaya got to present her question to the Prime Minister. The PM also answered the questions very well,” he said.

JNV Teacher Priyanka termed Pariksha Pe Charcha an innovative way to get in touch with students and the whole education system of India. “Our student got the chance to ask a question to the PM. I am very happy to see that. I feel this way our students will have a positive attitude towards their exams,” said the teacher.

Shilla Bishnab said she feels fortunate that she could ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi a question and is content with the answer. “It was a very exciting and joyful moment for me. His answer was that students could choose their own path if they were not happy with their chosen ones,” said the Class IX student.  

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