Panelists (L to R) Mr Apurv Nagpal, Dr Amrita Vohra(Principal of GIIS, Chinchwad), Mrs Amruta Fadnavis, MJ Tia and Prof Nitin Karmalkar(Vice-Chancellor of Pune University) along with Moderator Priyanka
The session was chaired by Mrs. AmrutaFadnavis, and Prof. Nitin Karmalkar, the Vice-Chancellor of Pune University attended a session
Pune, Feb 18, 2019: As the board examination of grade 10 is approaching fast, it is causing quite a nail-biting commotion amongst the students. Indeed, exam time is the most dreaded time amongst them. A Modi Government initiative, ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ is a unique endeavour to help students relieve their exam stress, where they are also provided with successful life tips to sift through the exam fever.
Recently, a session of ParikshaPeCharcha was conducted at GIIS, Chinchwad which was graced by a number of dignitaries who joined in for a lively panel discussion. The event saw the presence of Mrs. AmrutaFadnavis, wife of Mr. DevendraFadnavis), who is a Banker, Social Worker and an Artist; Prof. Nitin Karmalkar, the Vice-Chancellor of Pune University; Mr. Apurv Nagpal, a Visiting Faculty at IIM-Ahmedabad, an author and a former MD of the popular music company SaReGaMa. It also included TiaSaluja, who is a Radio Jockey at 94.3FM and a Fashion Designer, Director-Principal of GIIS – Dr. Amrita Vohra; and Education Consultant and Design Thinking Expert, GIIS – Priyanka Khandelwal Gupta moderated the panel discussion.
Mrs. Amrita Vohra, Principal, GIIS Chindwad shared her views saying, “The panel discussion was organized in GIIS for our students, parents and teachers to get insights, experiences, inputs and mindful pieces of advice to help them tackle the exam pressure. Critical suggestions were shared to relieve exam pressure by engaging in hobbies and practices that could make them feel rejuvenated. GIIS is hopeful that the session on ParikshaPeCharcha will be an eye-opener for our audience. A sea of opportunities, adventures and experiences lie ahead of them beyond the exams and most definitely, scores or grades do not define their worth.”
It was a delightful session with the industry experts from diverse fields who came together at a platform to share their valuable perspectives with parents and students and offer expert advice to help students to avoid getting panicky during exams. Interesting questions were raised and posed at the panellists by Priyanka on how to have a healthy approach towards exams. The discussion extended from examination phobia to aspects of assessments that could take into account the non-cognitive skills of the students as well.
From an artist’s perspective, Mrs. Fadnavis highlighted her views saying, “Students should enjoy their play time and hobbies even during the exam as it is likely to help them to keep up their undefeated spirit.”
In an extremely well-articulated manner, Mr. Nagpal emphasized that as teachers, parents and adults, their role is not of an enforcer but of an enabler. It was drawn to attention that as adults, students should be provided with guidance to help them recognize their own unique talents. Dr. Vohra also rightly pointed out that examination is only supposed to be perceived as an assessment tool that will help students prepare for further challenges in life. She insisted that one should focus on competing with oneself rather than competing with the neighbours. Prof. Karmalkar also encouraged students in preparing for their exams by inspiring them to opt for smart reading techniques that include dividing time for each subject equally and not always studying by burning the midnight oil. Taking strolls, communicating and breathing in the fresh air are ways to feel refreshed during the stressful exam times. Tia Saluja added her gem of advice by saying that reluctant students should be motivated to study through various means, and parents should not be bribing or threatening them to score well in exams.
The discussion thus ended on an optimistic note saying that the education system should inculcate creativity, innovation and a spirit of motivation in students, which are the essential building blocks to survive the challenges of future years. The session hopefully should take the weight of exams off students’ shoulders and make them approach it in a positive way.
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