Unmukt may lose college seat for low attendance

He may have scored full marks in the youth World Cup, but he's in trouble with his college.

Unmukt is an arts student at Delhi's St. Stephen's. He might have won India the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, but right now captain Unmukt Chand is struggling to retain his seat as a BA student of St Stephen’s College.

Barred from taking the second semester exams because of low attendance, Chand earlier approached the Delhi High Court, which ordered the college to allow him to write his exams. But as he was a little late in approaching the court, he was able to write only two exams out of four.
The university mandates that a student should pass 50% of all exams in both semesters combined.

“He is a bright boy and has made the country proud but he had just 8% attendance in college. I am just following university guidelines and he is not fulfilling the conditions for promotion,” said Valson Thampu, principal, St Stephen’s College.

The college has had a number of international level players on its rolls, but most have escaped such harsh penalty.

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The result of Unmukt’s second semester exams, as per rules, will be declared by the High Court now. The next hearing for the case is on September 14.

University officials, however, say his second semester result will not matter as he has passed all exams in the first semester.

Since the principal has made his stand clear, it is now up to the court to decide whether Unmukt will be able to get admission in the second semester or not.