Unmukt to enlist as student in Lok Sabha
To solve the issue of cricketers like Unmukt Chand falling short of attendance due to tournaments, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has proposed a formula that will cause zero loss of academic years to such promising cricketers.Updated: Sep 02, 2012 08:44 IST
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To solve the issue of cricketers like Unmukt Chand falling short of attendance due to tournaments, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has proposed a formula that will cause zero loss of academic years to such promising cricketers.
“A law will be passed enabling the Parliament of India to award academic degrees,” Sibal announced, “Cricketers like Chand will become students of either Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha and they can study at home or in the parliament library, which is hardly used by current MPs.”
“These degrees won’t be given for free. The student will have to study,” he clarified, “However, the good thing is that attendance to Parliament will not be mandatory, so the students can play matches or go on tours without any problem.”
Sibal clarified that a similar rule making attendance optional for students could have been introduced in other universities too, but it would have turned the situation chaotic, so he thought of this new law.
“In Parliament, we already have a culture of no attendance, so we thought of taking this route,” Sibal explained.
Currently, this option is available for cricketers but Sibal said that other sportsmen too will be allowed the facility.
“We are starting with cricket as there are many things cricketers could learn even if they attend the Parliament,” Sibal said, “There are many similarities like shouting (howzat on field and anything in the Parliament) and blocking (balls of fast bowlers on the field and bills in the Parliament).”