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Life of Pi actor allowed to sit for college examinations

Vijetha S.N.
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Testing time:Actor Suraj Sharma, a student of Delhi’s St. Stephen’s College, in a scene from ‘Life of Pi’, the Ang Lee movie being released this Friday.
Testing time:Actor Suraj Sharma, a student of Delhi’s St. Stephen’s College, in a scene from ‘Life of Pi’, the Ang Lee movie being released this Friday.

All’s well that ends well in moviedom and so it is for Life of Pi star and St. Stephen’s College student Suraj Sharma who was finally permitted to sit for his examinations scheduled for Friday after he missed his first examination on Wednesday due to shortage of attendance.

St. Stephen’s College confirmed that Suraj will be given his admit cards on the day of the examination, explaining that the college had softened its stand when the rising star submitted written assignments on Thursday to make up for his lack of attendance.

“We had imposed some written academic work on him that was to make up for his missed classes. He had failed to do so, and therefore, he could not sit for his examination on Wednesday. However, we gave him time till 5 p.m. on Thursday by which time he submitted those assignments and we decided to let him take his remaining examinations,” said St. Stephen’s College Bursar K. M. Mathew.

A minimum of 66.6 per cent attendance is required for a student to be eligible for examinations.

The first year Philosophy student had missed most of his classes as he was on an international tour to promote the Ang Lee film which is set to release this Friday, the same day as Suraj’s examination.

According to the college, it had made a special exception for Suraj as the option of submitting assignments was only reserved for students coming under the sports quota.

However, administrators at the college said the credit system was unclear after Delhi University had made a transition to the semester system and as a result there were several students who worked hard at sports but faced the prospect of repeating a year, with the most recent case being that of young cricketer Unmukt Chand.

He would have had to repeat a year without timely intervention by the university which had made an exception for him.

Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh, who had made the exception for Unmukt Chand, said this time round he was not made aware of Suraj’s dilemma but added that he was happy the teenager was being allowed to take his examinations.

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