Unmukt Chand was felicitated by St Stephens College for his performance in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup on Tuesday.
St Stephens principal Dr Valson Thampu said,I was amazed at the maturity with which Unmukt was playing. I appreciated the character of his play and this is emphasised at St Stephens College. For us,sports is a medium of building character.
Thampu also referred to the controversy surrounding Unmukts attendance and his second semester exams. I appreciate that the university has resolved this issue.
Unmukt was barred from sitting for the second semester exams because of poor attendance. DU rules state that a student must have at least 33.3 per cent attendance in an academic session after all exemptions.
Talking about the fact that students from the college had to approach the High Court for taking their university exams,Vice-Principal Clement Rajakumar said,Many students were not allowed to take the exams and they had to approach the court. By doing this,they were not opposing the college,but opposing the system.
Thampu said,Sports regulations were put in place when students did not take up sports as a profession. This is not the case now. This is a brilliant opportunity to go for regulations that suit the needs of students like Unmukt. It is not possible for a sportsperson to practice six hours a day and attend classes regularly, Thampu said.
Chand thanked the college for its support. It feels really good to be here. I love this college. I will keep working hard and bring laurels to the country and the college, he said.
When asked about the fact that an attendance problem might emerge in his next exams,Chand said,Its been long since the court order was issued. We will see how the exams go.
Congratulating Chand for his outstanding contribution,Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit announced a Rs 25 lakh reward for steering India to victory in the tournament.
We all are proud of Chand as he has displayed an extraordinary competence and captaincy, she said.