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Updated: September 1, 2012 12:37 IST

When Jai met the same fate as Unmukt

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M. L. Jaisimha
M. L. Jaisimha

Unmukt Chand, who led India to the World Cup (under-19) victory recently ‘Down Under’, is not certainly the first one to be disallowed for taking exams by college authorities for want of attendance in Delhi.

Some 53 years ago, the late Motganhalli Laxminarsu Jaisimha, the genius from Hyderabad, was snubbed by Nizam College in a similar manner. When the star cricketer of yesteryears made his Test debut at Lord’s, the Mecca of world cricket in 1959, he had to be away for six months as the team had to travel by ship.

Jaisimha missed classes for four months between June and September and to his dismay, Nizam College authorities did not allow him to take the B. A. final exams as he did not have the required attendance percentage. That he was representing the country on such a prestigious trip did not cut ice with the college authorities.

“He was not allowed to take the exams. Many tried to convince the authorities that Jaisimha was representing the country and not any club in England, but to no avail,” recalls P. R. Man Singh, former HCA secretary. Ultimately, Jaisimha could not complete his graduation. But it did not really matter to him as he came from a well-to-do family.

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why this farce. Highly talented persons in any field should be given honorary degrees that should be valid for employment. It is for the prospective employer to screen those who seek employment as per his requirement.Let us not make much about this worthless paper degree, more so ,when the whole world knows that this is after all earned(after it is awarded) applying relaxations of all sorts.

from:  partha
Posted on: Sep 2, 2012 at 09:55 IST

We have to spread the message to younger generation&indian institutions alike the fact that it is the INDIVIDUAL who produces the results with leadership qualities not the degrees.The education is a vehicle like any other to impart INFO which gives KNOWLEDGE.The application of knowledge &its efficacy decides the wisdom of individuals.But Sometimes we tend to be enamoured of degrees overlooking the INDIVIDUAL,like a tree for a forest&vice versa.

from:  bala srinivasan
Posted on: Sep 1, 2012 at 20:39 IST

Why article only covering Cricket , Same fate was for Jaspal Rana.

Who was not allowed to continue in St Stephen's College

from:  rohit
Posted on: Sep 1, 2012 at 16:49 IST

What is tragic about this story is not that the Nizam College was wrong
in upholding the rules (to safeguard its academic standards/reputation)
but that it failed to discharge its responsibilities of a "well rounded
development" of its students.
A human being has many skills. There is no reason, eg why a sports
person cannot be a writer or a poet in later life. A good teacher
teaches "how to learn, to question, to think/reflect, to challenge
notions"; a good educational establishment encourages that. The West is
full of examples of mathematician-musicians, doctor-dramatists, surgeon-
painters, etc. Mr Roger Bannister, who broke the 4-minute mile record,
was a neuro-surgeon. It is "normal" for scholars of great public schools
and universities in the West to have great talents in fields other than
their specialization.
By preventing the late cricketer to sit for the BA degree, the Nizam
College denied him some late-life-opportunities, and it was the Nizam
College that failed ignominiously.

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Sep 1, 2012 at 14:52 IST

Irrespective of the person or his stature, rules are rules that are meant to be followed by everybody. It is the general habit of Indians by and large to seek exemption from following the rules - whether littering or urinating in the public,claiming exemption from security checks, breaking the queues without waiting for their turn to come up,etc, etc.There are hundreds of students who have followed the rule sincerely. Why should they alone bear the brunt of the unpleasant rules?

from:  s. narayan
Posted on: Sep 1, 2012 at 13:34 IST

Unmukt Chand case for promotion to second year is in great news these days with the Principal of St Stephens, the DU VC, Mr. Kapil Sibal and Mr Ajay Maken giving their statements as also other sports personalities. I agree that Sports should be recognised and a lenient need to be taken by those in authority. Whether these persons would have taken note of had the Unmukt and his boys had not won the world cup or had they got eliminated say against Pakistan or New Zeeland. The news would not have come at all in the media glare. It is high time Sports as a carreear should be encouraged at all levels so that such a situation doesnot arise.

from:  jagannathan
Posted on: Sep 1, 2012 at 12:58 IST
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