Lalu’s son flunks in pol­i­tics hon­ours

SOME COM­FORT Stu­dent lead­ers usu­ally de­vote more time to pol­i­tics than in aca­demics, and fail. He will make up, say party lead­ers

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - Anir­ban Guha Roy / Anil Ku­mar

PATNA: Just as he is tak­ing baby steps into pol­i­tics, RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap has fal­tered on the aca­demic front.

Pratap, who is do­ing po­lit­i­cal sci­ence hon­ours from Bi­har Na­tional Col­lege, Patna, has flunked in the BA part I ex­am­i­na­tion in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence, scor­ing just 67 marks in his six hon­ours pa­pers and 29 marks in sub­sidiary sub­ject, so­ci­ol­ogy.

In the hon­ours pa­pers, one has to score at least 90 marks out to 200 to get the re­quired pass per­cent­age of 45%. In the sub­sidiary sub­jects, one needs to se­cure 33% to pass.

Con­firm­ing this, P K Pod­dar, prin­ci­pal of the col­lege, said, Pratap has failed to clear his part I ex­am­i­na­tion and in the process could lose one year.

How­ever, opin­ion seems to be di­vided as se­nior teach­ers of the col­lege said, Pratap would get pro­mo­tion to BA part II but would have to clear the pa­pers in sup­ple­men­tary ex­am­i­na­tion.

The red marks in the re­port card of Pratap has put the as­pir­ing politi­cian in a tight spot, as he could well be de­barred from con­test­ing the forth­com­ing stu­dent union polls.

For the Lyn­g­doh com­mit­tee has pro­vi­sioned, that only students hav­ing bright aca­demic records can con­test the elec­tions.

But that is not a com­plete damp­ener, as Pratap is prob­a­bly look­ing for­ward to a long stay on the univer­sity cam­pus, just like his fa­ther, who had a decade long stay in Patna Univer­sity from 1967 to 1977 as a stu­dent.

AL­THOUGH COL­LEGE PRIN­CI­PAL SAYS PRATAP COULD LOSE A YEAR, SOME SE­NIOR TEACH­ERS SAID HE WOULD GET PRO­MO­TION BUT WOULD HAVE TO CLEAR THE PA­PERS IN SUPPL EXAM

Only re­cently, Pratap had dis­played his po­lit­i­cal lean­ings by lead­ing a stu­dent demon­stra­tion on ‘wide­spread cor­rup­tion in univer­sity’ from the col­lege premises to the PU head of­fice on Ashok Ra­j­path in Patna.

Said Astik Sharma, a RJD leader and for­mer stu­dent ac­tivist, “Stu­dent lead­ers usu­ally de­vote more time to pol­i­tics than in aca­demics. It is not sur­pris­ing that Pratap has fared badly in his BA part I. He will def­i­nitely clear the pa­pers in the com­ing year,’’ he said.

In­ci­den­tally, the RJD chief’s two daugh­ters, Misa Bharti and Ro­hini Acharya, are doc­tors hav­ing com­pleted their med­i­cal course with fly­ing colours.

Younger brother of Pratap, Te­jaswi hav­ing com­pleted his in­ter­me­di­ate from Delhi has tried his hands in cricket and had cam­paigned for the party dur­ing the 2010 assem­bly polls.

Tej Pratap

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