The Hindi translation of the book Exam Warriors written by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be released on Saturday in a book launch programme to be held in Delhi. A source in the publishing house Penguin Random House informed Firstpost that the book will be released by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
The launch programme of the Hindi version of the book, which is expected to have a far wider appeal than it's English variant, will be held at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in Delhi at 4.30 pm on 10 February.
The English version of Exam Warriors was released on 3 February by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. The book is meant for students and deals with the issue of making exams stress free.
The book also prescribes yoga exercises among other stress busting methods to excel in exams and fight stress.
"I feel deeply honored to have published Exam Warriors by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The idea for the book came from the author based on his interactions with students and his Mann Ki Baat radio talk on examinations," said Milee Ashwarya, editor-in-chief, commercial and business wing of Penguin Random House.
She further added, "The book is aimed at the youth and students (especially those appearing for board examinations) in India and across the world, who often feel burdened under the stress of scoring high marks. It is rare for serving premiers to have authored books and the fact that the honorable Prime Minister wrote Exam Warriors is testament to his vision and passion for education and the youth. I am excited that he chose Penguin Random House as the home for his book."
Significantly, the release of the Hindi version of the book is seen as the prime minster's fresh move in the direction of connecting specifically with the young Indians.
Soon after the launch of the English version of the book, the prime minister announced that he will interact with students with a programme named 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' on 16th of February.
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In this programme the prime minister will connect with lakhs of students and thousands of schools across the country, and discuss exam-related issues through a video conference from Delhi's Talkatora Stadium at 11:00 am.
As per a report published in NDTV, a letter was issued from the Prime Minister's Office asking students from Class 6 to 12 to tune in to Doordarshan, All India Radio, YouTube or government websites to catch the broadcast of what has been dubbed the Pariksha Pe Charcha (discussions on exams)".
The report also said that senior students of Class 9 or above can ask questions to the prime minister. Students can also interact with Prime Minister Modi via the Narendra Modi app, the MyGov website, or through social media by using the hashtag #ExamWarriors
The schools have to submit a video on Pariksha Pe Charcha or four paragraphs about it by the very next day.
The move has received mixed reaction from various quarters, as some teachers have welcomed it and some experts are skeptic about it's intent.
Shashi Kant Singh, a principal in a Delhi government school who is yet to receive any instruction from the PMO said, "This is certainly a good move in the direction of awakening the students with the methods of stress busting, as it not only increases performance of the students in exams but also their attentiveness during the class."
Apart from that he also said that the prime minister addressing children's core issues will also enhance their faith in the government.
But Ashok Agarwal, a noted social activist, expressed skepticism on the move as he smells political intentions in it.
"There is nothing wrong in the prime minister addressing students. But asking the schools to submit videos of students watching the programme or four paragraphs about it by the very next day gives the sense that the move is politically motivated," he said. He further said that if the intention was only to motivate students, then voluntary participation should have been encouraged. View More