New Delhi: After finding support in India cricket MS Dhoni and HRD minister Kapil Sibal, Unmukt Chand is now being rallied by Sports minister Ajay Maken too.
The under-19 skipper, who recently led India to a World Cup victory Down Under, falls short of his required attendance percentage and has been barred from sitting in his second year examinations at the St. Stephens College in the Capital.
Urging to see Unmukt's case in a special way, Maken on Friday has written to the Delhi University vice chancellor, Dinesh Singh. "You would agree that fostering and development of a vibrant sports culture in the country which would ultimately lead to our performances at international forums is precisely hurt because of such systematic bottlenecks that not only discourages young people from taking up sports but also stifles their sporting career midway," wrote Maken.
Maken also urged for a "comprehensive reframing" of such rules under the University Rules that stop sportsperson from giving exams due to lack of attendance. "It defies basic logic by subjecting a student who has gained admission to an institution through the sports quota to be subjected to attendance rules, that force him to choose one amongst sports and academics," he wrote.
Meanwhile, the Delhi University Vice-Chancellor has urged St. Stephen's college to send in papers so that they can help Unmukt Chand.
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