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Exam row: DU VC says will help Unmukt Chand

Updated: August 31, 2012, 6:09 PM IST
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Exam row: DU VC says will help Unmukt Chand
Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken and Team India captain MS Dhoni have come out in support of the young cricketer.

New Delhi: Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh on Friday wrote to Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken saying he would look into the matter of Unmukt Chand, the captain of U-19 Indian cricket team which won the World Cup, who has been denied permission by St Stephen's College to appear for his exams.

"As regards Unmukt Chand's case, the matter came to my attention two days ago and we have strongly urged the Principal to forward the papers to us as the earliest so that we can assist Unmukt," Singh wrote to Maken.

Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal also spoke to Singh as well as Valson Thampu, the Principal of St Stephen's College, after India captain MS Dhoni and Maken rallied behind the young cricketer.

Sibal said he has requested Thampu if he could use his discretionary powers to ensure that Unmukt could sit for his university exams. "He (Thampu) said he was bound by university rules and then I requested the Vice Chancellor if he could use his emergency powers. He (VC) agreed to it and said he would be positively inclined," the HRD Minister said.

Asked if there should be a policy for such cases, Sibal said there should be a provision under university regulations where such emergency powers can be used in special cases in national interest.

Delhi University rules mandate a student to have at least 33.3 per cent attendance in an academic session after all exemptions, but 19-year-old Unmukt, a first year BA student of St Stephen's College, could not attend required number of classes owing to his cricketing engagements.

(With additional information with PTI)

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