New Delhi, Feb 20: Days After Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an interactive session ‘Pariksha Par Charcha‘ with students preparing for exams, the HRD ministry has reportedly asked schools to submit photo or video evidence to prove that the students watched the national telecast of the programme. Following the instructions, the state governments  has directed all schools to provide details of students and submit photographs or videos of their participation by February 19.

According to a report published in Times of India, circulars issued by various district chief education officers also comprise of a form, seeking details number of students who viewed ‘Pariksha Par Charcha‘ through TV or radio or web streaming. The form also sought details of the total number of schools, enrolment figures, number of schools. (Also Read: PM Modi’s Pariksha Par Charcha: Top Mantras For Students And Parents)

However, a senior HRD official denied the reports and said that the ministry has not asked for any proof. “It was a routine feedback where no mandatory clause was given,” Times of India quoted the official as saying.

Contrary to the HRD official, chief education officers in Tamil Nadu confirmed that the HRD ministry has issued an instruction and asked them send out the forms to all schools across the state.

Earlier on February 16, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had connected with lakhs of students and thousands of schools across the country through ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ programme. He discussed exam-related issues via video conference from Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium.