Dhoni's graduation degree hangs in balance

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, registered as a commerce ( vocational studies) student at Ranchi’s St. Xavier’s College, won’t receive his graduation degree this February.

The reason is that Dhoni, who was admitted in 2008 for the three- year course, could not clear even one of the six semesters due to his cricketing assignments. He has opted for office administration and secretarial practices ( OMSP) as subjects. His registration will expire in 2013.

The college, which launched the semester system after it was granted autonomy in 2005, confers its own graduation degrees to alumni. On February 18, it will confer degrees to the Class of 2011.

The delighted college offered Dhoni assistance and concessions, but the busy Indian cricket team captain hasn’t attended classes or taken examinations.

“This is an easy course and he could have cleared it,” said college principal Father Nicholas Tele.

“Dhoni was supplied with books and study materials for the first semester. The college was prepared to consider his absence from class as he is an outstanding cricketer who’s leading the national team. We could have even considered holding exams at venues and dates of his convenience, if he had wanted.” The college was ready to offer more concessions. “ Dhoni can appear at any institute in the country run by a Jesuit Group, be it Loyola College, Chennai, or St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. But that will be possible only if he applies to college authorities,” said the principal.

In 1999, after his CBSE Plus- Two from JVM- Shyamali, Ranchi, a teenaged Dhoni had enrolled in B. Com at Gossner College, Ranchi, but he got busy with cricket.

Of course, Dhoni, unlike other students, has no placement worries. A fortnight ago, Team India skipper became vicepresident of India Cements, a company owned by BCCI chief N Srinivasan. India Cements also owns IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, which Dhoni leads in the Indian Premier League.


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