Just days after leading the India Under-19 cricket team to World Cup victory that made him a hero, Unmukt Chand faced the prospect of losing a year in college here due to low attendance.

As India captain M S Dhoni and Sports Minister Ajay Maken rallied behind him, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal spoke to Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh and is understood to have said that the cricketer's case should be considered favourably since it is within his purview.

Delhi University rules mandate a student to have at least 33.3 per cent attendance in an academic session after all exemptions, but 19-year-old Unmukt, a first year BA student of St Stephen's college, could not attend required number of classes owing to his cricketing engagements.

While the cricketer's case is in the Delhi High Court, St Stephen's Principal Valson Thampu said it is up to the University administration to decide as it is a matter of the varsity's rules of attendance.