Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > Features >

Unmukt episode: Mistake from which education system in India needs to learn

Unmukt episode: Mistake from which education system in India needs to learn

Unmukt Chand wasn’t allowed by the college to sit for his exams due to poor attendance © PTI

By Aayush Puthran

 

On return from Australia after leading India to victory in the Under-19 World Cup, Unmukt Chand got a warm reception in his hometown. His college, St Stephen’s, stood out like a sore thumb by barring him from sitting for his examination owing to poor attendance.

 

Here was a student who had represented his country at the international level and won laurels for the nation, the kind which few others have, especially in the field of sports. Unmukt scored 1149 runs at an average of 67.59 for India Under-19 and guided them to victory at the Asia Cup and later in the World Cup.

 

However, everything else was overlooked for the sake of attendance. An uproar in the media was inevitable. What the Unmukt  episode has done is to highlight the plight of sportsperson shedding blood, sweat and tears for their state and/or country and copping the ire of the school and college administration for missing classes.

 

MS Dhoni, who had promoted the importance of formal education when he chose to complete his graduation privately a few years back, nailed it when he wrote on his Twitter page, Marks for sports takes back seat; attendance for now takes centrestage. This shows how much importance sports has in INDIA. Sad to hear.”

 

Unmukt eventually found support from various sections of the sports fraternity in the country. The big names included Dhoni and Ajay Maken. HRD Minister Kapil Sibal interfered into the matter and spoke to the Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University to make a special exception for the India Under-19 captain. However, one really wonders whether the same support would have been garnered if a non-cricket sportsperson would have been meted out a similar treatment. Or, for that matter, if the India under-19 team had not returned home with the World Cup. That Unmukt scored a century to turn around a losing final into a winning one only helped matters.

 

The current state of affairs proves that Indian society does not have a culture for sports and has no intentions of making room for one. If anyone ever needed a reason for India’s inability to produce quality sportsmen, the Unmukt Chand controversy gives enough proof on what has been going wrong.

 

What will never be known is the number of aspiring sportsmen who became victims of the existing system in India.

 

(While enjoying the small joys of life, rarely has anything mesmerised Aayush Puthran more than cricket. A student of Journalism in Mumbai, he is trying to figure out two things: ways to make Test cricket a commercial hot property and the best way to beat Mumbai traffic. He has a certain sense of obsession with novelty. He might seem confused, but he is just battling a thousand demons within his mind. Nonetheless, he is always up for a light-hearted chat over a few cups of coffee! )

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Sachin Tendulkar — the greatest batsman of India

Sachin Tendulkar: A timeless fairytale

Sachin Tendulkar: The child, the father, but sexy? Not quite

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH KXIP vs SRH 2014 MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RR vs CSK 2014 Sanju Samson Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 7: Glenn Maxwell motivated by criticism from Australian coach Darren Lehmann

IPL 2014: Lakshmipathy Balaji believes sticking to basics is very important

IPL 7: Mohit Sharma happy to bowl alongside Ben Hilfenhaus and Ashish Nehra

Sachin Tendulkar turns 41, celebrating birthday away from cricket field

IPL 2014 set to break all records

Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Sachin Tendulkar – The century of centuries in tweets

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Happy Birthday, Sachin Tendulkar — The lesser known records

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Apple Q2 2014 earnings: 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads sold

Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Aamir Khan appeals everyone to vote

Apple iPhone sales in India grew 55% year-on-year

Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Tens of thousands gather for Modi nomination

Police raids BJP leader Giriraj Singh’s home to arrest him

Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Varun Dhawan, happy birthday!

IPL 7: Mohit Sharma happy to bowl alongside Ben Hilfenhaus and Ashish Nehra

Also on cricketcountry.com