Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s annual interaction with students ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ will be held online this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The interaction with students from classes 9 to 12 ahead of their exams will be held in March.

“As our brave #ExamWarriors start padding up for their exams, ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2021’ returns, this time fully online and open to students all over the world. Come, let us appear for the exams with a smile and without stress! #PPC2021,” the prime minister tweeted.

“On popular demand, ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2021’ will also include parents and teachers. It’ll be a fun filled discussion on an otherwise serious subject. I call upon my student friends, their amazing parents and hardworking teachers to take part in #PPC2021 in large numbers, he said.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’ said the registration process of the fourth edition of the interaction has started.

Questions related to dealing with examination stress from school students of classes 9 to 12 will be invited through the ‘MyGov’ platform and selected questions will feature in the programme, he said.

“I feel happy to share that the interaction every student was waiting for is back! Get ready to smile your way through exams with PM @narendramodi in #ParikshaPeCharcha2021,” Nishank said in a tweet.

“In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the interaction will be conducted online,” he said in another tweet.

The registration for the programme began on Thursday and it will conclude on March 14. Students who will get to ask questions will be selected through a competition.

The first edition of the prime minister’s interaction programme with school and college students ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 1.0’ was held at the Talkatora Stadium on February 16, 2018.

“There are different topics assigned for students, parents and teachers in the contest. The applicants can also pose their questions on this platform. The selected participants will be participating in the programme online from their respective state and UT headquarters and will be presented with a special PPC kit (Pariksha Pe Charcha kit),” Nishank said.