Published: 30th August 2020
Students wanted 'pariksha pe charcha', got 'khilona pe charcha': Rahul Gandhi on latest Mann ki Baat
Speaking during his monthly programme ''Mann ki Baat'', the Prime Minister said toys were ''very important for the development of children''
Taking potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for making 'toys for the world', Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said college students protesting the conduct of JEE and NEET exams during the Covid crisis would have preferred a 'pariksha pe charcha' rather than 'khilona pe charcha'.
''JEE-NEET aspirants wanted the PM do 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' but the PM did 'Khilone Pe Charcha','' Mr Gandhi said in his tweet. Maintaining that there is a rich tradition of local toys in the country, Prime Minister Modi called for developing toy clusters in India to make the nation a toy hub.
Speaking during his monthly programme ''Mann ki Baat'', the Prime Minister said toys were ''very important for the development of children'' and that India should become a global leader in its manufacturing. ''There has been a rich tradition of local toys in our country. There are many talented and skilled artisans who possess expertise in making good toys. India has the talent and the ability to become a toy hub by making toys for the entire world,'' Modi said.
Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main, for admission to engineering colleges, is scheduled from September 1 to 6 , and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), which is for admission to medical colleges, is slated to be conducted on September 13. Students across India have been demanding that the examinations be delayed. As many as six opposition-ruled states moved the Supreme Court on Friday seeking review of its order permitting the Centre to conduct NEET and JEE entrance exams this year.