The Prime Minister also underscored the need for having good people in politics to take the country to greater heights. Addressing students and later replying to their questions via video conferencing in the second such initiative, PM Modi said he has issued direction to replace 'Character Certificates' with Aptitude Certificates which will reflect the personality of the students when they leave schools.

A relaxed PM Modi responded to a range of questions including his school days and dress sense during his 105-minute interaction with 800 students and 60 teachers from schools in Delhi who participated in the event at the Manekshaw auditorium here. Students from nine other states joined the programme through video conference.

The Prime Minister spoke highly about the role of teachers in nation-building and said he interacts with students on the occasion of Teachers' Day as students are their identity. "Mother gives birth to a child, (guru) teacher gives life (jeevan). There will hardly be anyone in the world who will not admit the role of their mother and teacher in their life," PM Modi added.

The Prime Minister said there must have been great teachers behind every successful doctor, engineer and scientist and exhorted the parents to not force choices on their children. "Sometimes people wonder why spend time with students on Teachers' Day. It is because students are teachers' identity," he cited. There was criticism last year that the Prime Minister had ignored the teachers when he interacted with students on Teachers' Day last year.

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