Denied grace marks by MU, city’s Sindhu clears repeat exam
Even as the country hails shuttler P V Sindhu for winning a silver medal in the recently concluded Olympics games, city- based shuttler Prajakta Sawant was denied 10 grace marks under the sports quota by the Mumbai University, needed to clear her business management exams in the final year.
Sawant, however, recently cleared her exams, pending the hearing of her petition seeking grace marks, filed in the Bombay High Court. She may now withdraw her plea. The matter is likely to come up for hearing on September 8.
Sawant was a commerce student at Rizvi College in Bandra. Last year, she scored 19 marks in business management paper and could not clear the subject. After revaluation, she scored two extra marks, still short of nine. The university could grant her those extra marks as grace marks under the sports quota.
In August last year, the college provided Sawant with a letter addressed to the director of physical education and sports, requesting the authority to grant her 10 marks under rule 0.229 of the Mumbai University Rules and Regulations. However, Sawant or the college did not receive any response to the letter. Following this, she sent a letter to the vice chancellor. When she didn’t get a reply to this letter as well, she moved the HC.
Mumbai University recently filed an affidavit in reply, to the High Court, opposing Sawant’s petition on the grounds that “the plea was totally misconceived, untenable and devoid of merits”.
MU registrar Dr M A Khan, in his affidavit, has stated that the information uploaded on the university website clearly mentioned the time by which the application for grace marks should have been submitted by the student and the college. Since that was not followed, the university had to return the request papers sent by the college.
In her plea, Sawant had said she has been representing India for the last nine years, in the sub- junior, junior and senior levels in singles/ doubles and mixed doubles. She has won 12 international medals and her name figures in the Limca Book of Records in 2010 for being the first Indian girl to win a gold medal in the subjunior Asian Badminton Championship.
Earlier, Sawant had moved the HC alleging mental harassment by the Badminton Association of India ( BAI) chief national coach Pullela Gopichand. She had also alleged that she was left out of the All India National Coaching Camp in Hyderabad, and that Gopichand promoted players from his own private academy, Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad, while she was left out after she decided to quit his academy.