New Delhi, Aug 31: India's latest sensation Unmukt Chand gets support from Team India captain MS Dhoni after he was barred from giving his first BA examinations due to lack of attendance.
While he also took a dig at the college as the move to deny Unmukt an opportunity to write his University exams also showed that how much importance was given to sports and sportspersons in India.
"Marks for sports takes back seat attendance for now takes centrestage. This shows how much importance sports has in INDIA. Sad to hear," Dhoni tweeted.
While Unmukt also commented on the same as he spoke to an English News Channel.
"I think it's really important for the institution to promote sports and those specially who are sports people should be allowed to sit for the exams or should be helped by their teachers and attendance is a very important part because sports people, they have to go for their competitions and everything so that's why they won't be coming to school or colleges regularly.
"It's really important for the colleges and schools to support these children so that by this way even the children will want to study and they might have a liking for study if the college supports," Unmukt added.
When asked if the current support from Dhoni would ease the issue, the 19-year-old was quite optimistic as things would work in his favour.
"Definitely, Dhoni's support will help because he's a big guy, and obviously an influential guy and if he says that then he definitely means it I also feel that if schools and colleges do support sports people and probably their interests also increase in studying and they'll would also want to study more."
If that wasn't enough, Unmukt has got some supporting words from the Sports Minister as he has said that he would request the college authorities to solve the issue at the earliest.
"There is a need to change the rules as well as the mindset. There is a need to treat the sportspersons of the country differently," Maken said.
Moreover, former cricketer and St. Stephens' College alumni member Kirti Azad also suported Unmukt as he said it wasn't a fair move on the part of the college.
"When I was representing my country, I used to get special attention for all of that. Unmukt has won the World Cup for us. He is a good young man, he has secured good marks. Penalising him is really unfair on the part of the college," Azad said.
While the college principal Valson Thampu insisted on following rules as they apply to all students of the college and must abide by the same.
"Rules have to be applied. This isn't the answer to promote sports culture. It's a question of working within the system," said the Principal of St. Stephen's College.
While the Principal also added that things could have been better if Unmukt had raised the issue earlier.
"The college will be happy to help Unmukt but the fact of the matter is he never brought up this problem before it was too late. All my colleagues are only too happy to help any sports candidate."