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Harmanpreet Kaur, Indian women’s T20 skipper, rubbishes fake degree allegations

Harmanpreet Kaur’s graduation degree was reportedly found fake by Punjab Police that had employed her as a Deputy Superintendent after her success in the women’s World Cup in 2017.

cricket Updated: Jul 13, 2018 15:24 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
According to a report, Punjab Police found Harmanpreet Kaur’s graduation degree from Chaudhary Charan Singh University of Meerut to be fake.
According to a report, Punjab Police found Harmanpreet Kaur’s graduation degree from Chaudhary Charan Singh University of Meerut to be fake. (PTI)

India women’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur has come down hard at the criticism she is facing for allegedly producing a fake graduation degree that earned her a job of a Deputy Superintendent in Punjab Police.

According to a report, Punjab Police, who had given Kaur the rank of a Deputy Superintendent after her stupendous success in women’s World Cup in England in 2017, found the 29-year’s graduation degree from Chaudhary Charan Singh University of Meerut to be fake and were set to demote her to the rank of a constable.

According to Punjab Police’s investigation, Kaur’s enrollment number did not exist in the university’s records.

Rubbishing these allegations, Kaur said she had cleared all her examinations fair and square and had she known anything was wrong with her degree, she would have done her graduation two or three times.

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She also claimed to have got admission in a post-graduation course on the basis of her graduation degree. She could not continue with it due to her cricket engagements.

“I have cleared all my exams and my every certificate is legal. My examination centre used to be in Delhi. My subjects were sociology, political science, English and general awareness,” she was quoted as saying by Times of India.

“When you did your graduation, did you go to the head office to verify your enrollment number? Nobody does that. If I am playing, my focus is obviously on cricket. Apart from that, I just wanted to complete my graduation.

“On the basis of my graduation certificate, I took admission for a post-graduation course in a different university, but could never take my exams because of overseas tournaments. Today, that very degree is being called fake,” she added.

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The Punjab-born cricketer also said that she has not received any official communication from her state’s police so far about her demotion in the rank. “The department should initiate action against me. I am waiting for word from my department... I have not received any notice from my department.”

Kaur also pointed out to the fact that she was employed by the Indian Railways and given a rank of office superintendent in Mumbai on the basis of the same graduation degree.

“I completed my graduation through distance learning from Chaudhary Charan Singh University in 2009-11. Earlier, I was pursuing my graduation from a college in Jalandhar, where I did my first year. Thereafter, I was not able to pursue it as my cricket schedule and the examination dates used to clash always.

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“Besides, as the college principal had changed, and they did not like me pursuing sports, they did not adjust exam timings as per my cricket schedule. So, I had to migrate to another university. I have been playing for India after completing my Class XII,” said the Arjuna Award winning cricketer.

Kaur made her debut for India in 2009 and since then has gone on to represent the country in 2 Tests, 87 ODIs and 83 T20Is.

She holds the distinction of being the first Indian cricketer to play in Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League (BBL). She has also been signed to play in the Kia Super League in England.

First Published: Jul 13, 2018 13:58 IST