St Stephen's allows 'Life of Pi' actor Suraj Sharma to write his exams
After much anxiety over his fate as he fell short of attendance, St Stephen's college yesterday allowed 'Life of Pi' actor Suraj Sharma to write his exams.
Nineteen-year-old Sharma, who apparently submitted written assignments to make up for his lost attendance, will be allowed to write his exams from today after he missed his first paper on Wednesday.
"Yes, he will be writing his exams," St Stephens college's Bursar K M Mathew told PTI when asked if the teenage star of Ang Lee's much-talked about film had been provided his examination admit card.
An international tour to promote the film cost the first-year Philosophy student much of the academic action at his college St Stephens. And lack of attendance and apparent failure to produce his assignments instead of attendance meant he could lose a year.
Sharma has already missed his first exam that was on Wednesday and there was much uncertainty till yesterday evening about whether he would be able able to write his second exam.
The college requires students to have at least 66.6 per cent attendance to be able to appear for exams.
Earlier, there was confusion over his case, with some people in the college saying he had failed to submit his assignments and others stating that he had. However, no official till the end cleared the confusion.
Mathew just said that the student is being allowed as he had now submitted his assignments.
"In case of students who are admitted under sports quota, there is a provision for them to submit assignments counter-signed by their teachers. The HOD has to say that they have done it," said college Vice Principal Clement Rajkumar.
However, Sharma was not admitted under a sports quota, as was the case with Under-19 2012 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand for whom the university later made an exception.
The college, as part of it's internal mechanism extended the facility of assignments in lieu of attendance.
"We all want to help him out. I was told he never submitted his assignments, he in turn says he lost them," said Rajkumar earlier in the day.
Rajkumar said there were several students, particularly in the sports quota, who suffer because of lack of guidelines on a credit system as the University makes a transition to the semester system.
"There are so many students who work hard on sports but not all catch media attention like Unmukt Chand did. Many of them have to repeat years. I wish the University could give powers to the principals for a year may be to use their discretion on a case to case basis until the complete transition to semester system takes place," he said. PTI