The winners of the recently concluded Toyota University Cricket Championships (TUCC), Jain University, arrived back home in Bengaluru to a hero's welcome.
The Boys were greeted with garlands and full Band baaja as their families and friends as well as fans gave them a warm reception on their arrival at the airport. Remember Jain University beat the Jamia Millia University in the final in New Delhi on Sunday to win the title.
The boys celebrated their triumph in the TUCC in unusual style - by doing push-ups!
They sure have pushed up their stock in university cricket as this is their 2nd title at this level. They also won the all India Rohinton Baria tournament 2012-13.
Abbas Kaunain, skipper, Jain University put it in the right words, short and crisp,"All the credit goes to our management..They don't let us study, they let us play!"
Jain University's famous sports alumni include international cricketer Robin Uthappa, billiards and snooker champion Pankaj Advani, tennis player Rohan Bopanna, badminton player Anup Sridhar and swimmer Shikha Tandon.
Pankaj Advani, while talking to NDTV earlier, had said,"Let me give you an example - I had 8 percent attendance and they let me give my exams after a crash course."
That's a far contrast from the story of India's under 19 cricket captain. Unmukt Chand had to go to court because he was not allowed by Delhi University to take his exams since his attendance was short.
Meanwhile the NDTV-Nirmal Marks for Sports campaign is already at work at Jain University. They have great sports facilities and that's backed up with policies like grace marks for sports, scholarships for sportspeople, and very generous attendance guidelines.
NDTV's involvement in the Nirmal Marks for Sports campaign and the Toyota University Cricket Championship reaffirms its belief in promoting sports in India.
Even the Baadshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, agrees that India has to change with changing time. He said,"India's age-old saying 'padoge likhoge banoge nawab, kheloge kuddoge banoge kharab' should be changed to 'padoge likhoge banoge nawab aur kheloge to banoge LAJAWAB!'".
Jain university sure is a role model institution for changing that adage. The benefits are there for all to see.
Story first published on: Tuesday, 12 March 2013 09:14 IST