Under-19 World Cup winning Captain Unmukt Chand has finally been allowed to move into second year. This on condition that he will have to give his remaining first year exams along with his 2nd year ones, the next year. But NDTV has sourced the letter which Unmukt wrote to the Vice Chancellor 4 months ago and which categorically shows this entire controversy could have been avoided if the Vice Chancellor of the Delhi University had taken appropriate steps at the beginning.
Meanwhile, Unmukt has flayed the bureaucracy in an exclusive interview to NDTV. He relates the exact events as they unfolded when he first took the letter to his college Principal Valson Thampu.
He said, "I got the letter and then our Principal recommended me to go to the Vice Chancellor. The letter then went to the VC's office but kept on circulating here and there."
Unmukt went on to say that then he went to the other members in the VC's office but none of them helped him out. The letter then came back to the Principal and by then he had already invested 4-5 hours over there on that day.
He went from pillar to post but no one was willing to own responsibility on the issue and thus all he was doing was running from here to there. Unmukt also clarified that a personal meeting with the Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh was not possible that day.
"I could not meet the Vice Chancellor that day. No one wanted to take up their responsibility. Everybody asked me to go to the Dean, student counsellor and so on. I had to keep running here and there."
It took constant media pressure and letters from the HRD minister Kapil Sibal, and the sports minister Ajay Maken to promote India's world cup winning under 19 captain to the 2nd year of his BA programme.
However, the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University Dinesh Singh was quick to respond, saying that the entire controversy could have been avoided had the player approached him in the first place.
He said, "I wish he had come to me earlier. I can't be held responsible for something i don't know about."
Now, with that letter out in public, Dinesh Singh's comments look a bit contradicting.
In his defence though, the Vice Chancellor has told NDTV that since there are a number of cases that come to him everyday, it isn't possible for him to address all of them personally.