Cricket hero Chand allowed to second year

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 01, 2012 10:24 hrs

Unmukt Chand, the captain of the Under-19 World Cup winning team who missed attendance in college to pursue the game of cricket, has been promoted to the second year of his BA programme at the St Stephens College following intervention of HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.

The vice-chancellor of Delhi University said Unmukt has been moved to second year and would be able to clear his exams in the third and fourth semesters.

Earlier on Friday, Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said he urged St Stephens College Principal Walson Thampu to use his discretionary power and ensure that Indian Under-19 cricket team skipper could sit for the university examinations.

"I have requested St Stephens College Principal Walson Thampu that if he could use his discretionary powers to ensure that Unmukt could sit for his university exams. He said he was bound by university rules," Sibal told reporters.

"I requested the Vice Chancellor if he could use his emergency powers. He agreed to it and said he would be positively inclined," he said.

Chand, meanwhile, said he hoped that his attendance problem with the St.Stephen´s College would be sorted out amicably soon.

"I´m hopeful that the issue will be sorted out. I did not know that it will become such a big issue before I reached Delhi but definitely things are expected to be sorted out," said Chand on Friday.

His father Bharat Chand Thakur claimed that his son´s relationship with the college authorities hasn´t soured despite the bitter court battle.

Thakur said even principal Valsan Thampu has always wished his son good luck.

"Unmukt has always sought blessing from his school and college principals and they have always wished him good luck. Whatever the issues are will be solved," said Chand´s father.

Thakur said his son is proud to be a Stephanian and is determined to finish his graduation from the prestigious college.

"It was always been Unmukt´s dream and our dream that he does his graduation from St Stephen´s college and he is a proud Stephanian," he said.

Reacting on the issue, Dhoni tweeted: "Marks for sports takes back seat attendance for now takes centrestage.this shows how much importance sports has in INDIA.sad to hear."

According to reports, Chand has been denied from appearing for the second semester examinations due to low attendance.

As per the norms of the college, students need to have 33.33 per cent annual attendance under the sports quota.

India Under-19 side defeated Australia Under-19 team by six wickets in the final match to lift the ICC Under-19 World Cup trophy in Australia´s Townsville city on Sunday.

Chand played a crucial knock of 111 runs and remained not out till the end ensuring India win the final clash and lift the trophy.

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