All it required for the player to be given a seat in the second year was a call from the HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal, who intervened into the matter and in the process allowing the player to move on to second year. But, was it right for the minister to look into the matter? Weren't the universities authorities capable of taking such decisions? The VC of the University later responded by saying that such kind of things would not have taken place had the boy come to meet him. But, the fact remains that the boy had come to meet the VC. Chand needs to thank the HRD minister and the sports minister, Ajay Maken, who played an important role to help the player win the battle.
The case has raised a bigger question. Everyone understands that the player was representing India, so he could not attend his classes nor give enough time to his studies. But, is it right to promote a student to to the second year after failing the exams? This does not sound fair for all those students who had to sweat it out day in and out to get promoted. What guarantee does he have that he would have a better attendance record and not fail his pending exams, as his cricketing career would get even more busier after his recent success. What if he again fails or fails to turn up for his next exam? Will Kapil Sibal again intervene? He needs to find a good balance between his studies and cricket, if not there is always an opportunity for distance learning. We had grown up hearing phrases like 'No player is bigger than the game', but in this case, we can say that no exam is bigger than the game.
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