V-C to Stephen’s: Send us Unmukt papers
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As the chorus grew shriller against St Stephen's College for disallowing cricketer Unmukt Chand to sit for an examination because of poor attendance, Delhi University (DU) on Thursday asked the college to submit all documents on the cricketer.
Unmukt, who played a crucial knock of 111 not out in the final against Australia last Sunday to lead India Under-19 team to World Cup glory, stands to lose a year of college.
"DU has a very liberal approach towards sportspersons and it applies especially to Unmukt's case. We will ensure that Unmukt's academic pursuits do not suffer because of his sporting responsibilities. I came to know about it (that he is barred from sitting for the exam) only two days ago. Since we do not have any paper on the case, I have asked the college to forward all the documents to us," Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh said.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal took up the matter with the DU Vice-Chancellor on Thursday and asked him to intervene, sources said.
"Such issues need to be handled at the college level. I understand that the governing body has to decide such matters, but in exceptional cases like this, the issue should be discussed with us," Singh said.
On May 14, Unmukt approached the Delhi High Court after the college refused to give him the admit card for the examination, his lawyer B K Gupta said. The court ruled that he be allowed to sit for the examination. By then, however, examination for two papers was already over and he was able to attempt only the remaining two.
"We haven't been shown the marks he obtained in the two papers. In the first semester, Umukt scored a 63 out of 75 in one of the papers, and 55 each in two others," Gupta said.
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