The Propaganda of Versatility : Modi writes a Book, “Exam Warrior”

Sunday Editorial

Once we have seen Prime Minister Narendra Modi seating in the Khadi Avtar,replacing Mahatma Gandhi,in the yearly Khadi Calendar of the Government of India.Now by writing a book on education the Modi loyalists will definitely claim the position of Dr Sarbapalli Radhakrishan for Modi. As such “Modi Care” is about to start in India.Now we are yet to see,whether  this “Propaganda Era of Modi” is the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today advised the students to be more serious about acquiring knowledge then securing numbers.He advised the students to consider examination a celebration.

In a book written by the Prime Minister titled “Exam Warriors”,the Prime Minister has written about a number of  issues normally worried the students as well as the parents.

But the critical part of this Book writing looks different.A Prime Minister can write many books or speak many “Maan KI Baat”,because he has many experts around him to write for him and the Doordarshan ,AIR is at his disposal  to promote him to air even a daily “Man Ki Baat”. These kind of events may help him to boost his image as a multifarious personality and a versatile genius, but can’t help the country in solving its core issues.

Question is whether the Prime Minister should  act more or only speak and write more. Narendra Modi is neither an Educationalist nor an psychologist or psychiatrist.So he is a non-entity to write books on educational system,but being the Prime Minister of India rather he need to explain the action taken towards the alarming trend of stress factor on students and the policy formulation and modification to save education from the education merchants and coaching mafias.Probably Modi Government has did nothing to address this menace in the last four years.

Examination is one among the ten suicide causes globally and in India one student commits  suicide in every one hour.

In 2015, the number of student suicides stood at 8,934. In the five years leading to 2015, 39,775 students killed themselves. The number of attempted suicides, many unreported, is likely to be much higher.

India has one of the world’s highest suicide rates for youth aged 15 to 29, according to a 2012 Lancet report, which illustrated the need for urgent interventions for this demographic.

In 2015, Maharashtra reported most student suicides of any state: 1,230 of 8,934 (14%) nationwide, followed by Tamil Nadu (955) and Chhattisgarh (625). Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are among India’s most advanced states, and their high rate of suicides could reflect the pressures of economic growth.

Drug,Sex,Stress :Kota more the Coaching Capital of India

We know Kota,a small town of Rajasthan is famous for the finest level of coaching to qualify IIT,NIT,JEE etc,but according to a recent report,this education hub has been turned into a center of sex,drugs and stress.

Since years, Kota has been the go-to destination for young IIT aspirants, but its claim to fame is turning dark.

Kota is now famous as a hotbed of student suicides: during 2013-2017, at least 58 coaching students killed themselves.

Last year, the Rajasthan government roped in Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to analyze the trend.

The findings are alarming.

The rise of Kota as a coaching hub

Kota’s booming business started in 1985, when VK Bansal, an engineer, set up Bansal Classes to coach students; it eventually became Bansal Classes Pvt Ltd.

The brand now has presence in 30 Indian cities.

Over the years, many of Bansal’s faculty members went on to set up their own institutes, like Resonance, Allen and Vibrant.

Some even offer coaching to get admission into Bansal.

For most students, it’s two years of intense pressure

Every year, 1.5-2L students move to Kota right after their Class 10 exams for engineering or medical coaching.

They have to live with 18-hour study schedules, no relaxation, and unhygienic hostel/PG food, and do all this while staying out of home generally for the first time.

The high-pressure lifestyle often triggers destructive behavior patterns like substance abuse, bullying, sexual experimentation, loneliness and anxiety.

Instead of helping, coaching centers add to it

The attitude of coaching centers adds to the burden. Annual fees go up to Rs. 1.5L, and there’s no refund policy if a student wants out.

Each class has hundreds of students. Batches are segregated based on academic performance, maintaining a distinction between “toppers” and “weak students.”

Ironically, though institutes advertize their toppers, they reportedly didn’t divulge their actual success rate to TISS researchers.

Many students had similar mental and emotional health problems

Unsurprisingly, 49% respondents of TISS’ survey reported feeling nervous and worried; 42% said their friends were nervous.

32% said they felt upset for long hours or for many days at a time.

28% reported they felt hopeless and helpless, another 28% said they felt worthless.

Sleep-related problems, constant exhaustion, loss of appetite and weight, digestion troubles and menstruation problems were commonly reported.

Steps to be taken to relieve pressure, according to TISS

TISS urges parents to “do an initial recce” of Kota before sending their children.

Coaching centers should teach 40 and not 200 students at a time, appoint counselors and doctors, create recreational forums and form peer mentor groups to ease the stress on students.

Their ads should make genuine claims, TISS adds.

With such steps, the administration can provide a healthier environment for children.

The Prime Minister need to act like a leader rather then to speak and write to  pretend like a subject expert.





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