New Delhi February 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday advised students to give up any stress, compete with themselves and not with others, and take examinations as an opportunity to realise their own potential.
Addressing students preparing for board and competitive examinations on his "Mann ki Baat" programme on All India Radio, Modi gave them some tips to perform well, stressed the need to move positively ahead in life and urged them to convert "festival of examinations into a festival of joy".
Referring to performance-related stress among students and even reports of suicides, he, in his over 25-minute address delivered in a conversational tone, asked students not be "worriers" but "warriors".
The prime minister, who has taken up on several issues in his radio talk including drug use, said that the "situation of tension (in examination) is not good".
"Never feel stressed. There should be a determination to do good, the morale should be high but examination should not be a burden. It is not a test of your life."
Modi confessed that he himself had been a very ordinary student with "bad" handwriting and jested that he sometimes passed his exams as the teacher could not read his answers.