Think of tech-free hour at home, PM suggests students


New Delhi, Maintaining that it is essential to stay updated with latest technologies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday advised students to not become subservient to it and allocate one hour of technology free time with the family. 'These days there is a common sight: Four members of a family are seated but each of them is on the phone. Can we think of a technology-free hour. Or, mark a space where no technology is permitted. This way, we won’t get distracted by technology, said Mr Modi in his address at 'Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020'.

Mr Modi said technological trends are changing quickly and it is essential to stay updated with these trends. 'Fear of technology is not good. Technology is a friend. Merely knowledge of technology isn’t enough. It’s application is as important,' he maintained. Students from Andaman and Nicobar and Sikkim asked PM Modi on the importance of technology, especially in education.

The Prime Minister exhorted the young generation to take it upon themselves to act on some of the Fundamental Duties enshrined in the Constitution. 'Today, I am talking to students who would be playing a key role in India’s development in 2047, when we mark a hundred years since independence. I hope this generation takes it upon themselves to act on some of the Fundamental Duties enshrined in our Constitution,' he said.

The importance of Fundamental Duties was stated by Mahatma Gandhi, he stressed. He suggested the parents to persuade their children to act in encouraging manner and not pressurise to do things. 'The way ahead lies in pursuing, not pressurising children. Inspire children to do things that bring out their inner potential,' Mr Modi said.

'Pursue not pressure', he said adding that ' A balance should be maintained.' The third edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha was organised at Talkatora Indoor Stadium in Delhi. A total of 2,000 students and teachers attended the event, of which 1,050 students have been selected through an essay competition.