Shortage of attendance makes Unmukt Chand a loser?

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Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 10:08 [IST]
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University trouble for Unmukt Chand

New Delhi, Aug 30: India's U-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand has been barred from taking University exams, as he was short on attendance.

Unmukt Chand who has been highly successful playing cricket as he led India U-19 team to its third World Cup title, shortage of attendance landed him in trouble at College as he was barred from giving his exams.

"He is a bright boy and has made the country proud but he had just 8% attendance in college. I am just following university guidelines and he is not fulfilling the conditions for promotion," principal of St Stephen's College Valson Thampu was quoted as saying by a leading daily.

Since the college staff refused to issue the admit card for writing University exams, had approached the Delhi High Court, as he was permitted to take up second semester classes but could write only two out of the four papers as he approached the court very late.

When asked Unmukt about the issue, he said the issues need to be sorted out and wants to complete studies before venturing into cricket.

"I have not been attending college due to my practice sessions but there are some issues which need to be sorted. I don't mind repeating the year and I will make sure I complete my studies before I venture into cricket full time," says Unmukt.

While the alumni association supported the cricketer and slammed the college staff for not encouraging sports persons, and also requested the University to take necessary steps to encourage such students who are interested in pursuing a career in sports.

Ashish Joshi, a member of the association also said that there were many students like Unmukt who had to face similar situations due to their commitments.

"Earlier, teachers would help sports quota students by taking separate tutorials or holding extra classes. The atmosphere in the college should be conducive for such students," he said.

"Unmukt had approached the college principal. He could have taken his case as an exception and allowed him to sit for the exam. However, the case was transferred to the university officials. They simply barred him. As a result, the cricketer had to approach the court," he was quoted as saying www.expressindia.com

According to another member of the alumni association, Udit Bhatia, college rules is creating a lot of problems for students interested in sports.

"The university has strange rules when it comes to attendance. A student who has taken admission in a college under the sports quota is required to attend at least one-third of the total number of classes. Moreover, he cannot forgo his sports duties," he said.


Story first published:  Thursday, August 30, 2012, 10:01 [IST]
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