Unmukt Chand can continue his course at Saint Stephen's even after failing his exams. This has been made possible only after his incredible performance in the U-19 World Cup and HRD minister Kapil Sibal's intervention into the case.
UNMUKT CHAND, the skipper of the Indian under-19 cricket team became the face of the nation few days back after he played an integral role in helping India
win the World
Cup. This is what exactly helped him in getting a seat in the second year course at St. Stephens College even after failing his first year in the same prestigious college. But Chand has to appear for his first year exams in the third and the fourth semester. Just for the record, he had a poor attendance record too. Then, how did he manage to pull this incredible feat? No wonder Cricket is considered a religion in India.
The player has blamed the bureaucracy for all the fiasco that led to this kind of a scenario. To avoid such kind of a situation, Chand had earlier met the principal on whose recommendation he went to the Vice Chancellor, but there was no one who took a serious look into his matter. He had to run from here to there, but to no avail. He could not even meet Vice Chancellor, Dinesh Singh on that specific day, reported NDTV. Does the university have any such policy to deal with such kind of cases?
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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