National-level hockey player pays for college's negligence

May 31, 2013, 06:41 IST | Niranjan Medhekar

James Parmar (21) - a hockey player from the city who recently represented Maharashtra in a national level competition in Mumbai - got the wind knocked out of him when he came to know that he had failed his boards despite clearing all subjects.

A student of C K Goyal College, Dapodi, Parmar’s online marks list state his scores to be - English: 58, Hindi; 41, Economics: 45, Book Keeping and Accountancy: 36, Organisation of Commerce: 54 and Co-operation: 43. However, the bottom of the list declares him failed in Environmental Science (EVMS).

James Parmar

What went wrong?
Parmar was declared as fail because his college had not sent his EVMS marks to the board on time. EVMS is a grade subject and written paper is held at college level.“As I was busy with my hockey camp in February when the EVMS exam was held, I requested my college for permission to sit for the paper after the boards. The college had accepted my request and I appeared for the exam accordingly,” said Parmar.

Humble beginnings
Coming from a humble, hockey-crazed background, Parmar, who works in a small catering firm in Khadki, had to take a drop of two years after Std IX to run the house.  “Today’s result is really disappointing for both of us. As I am younger, he decided to take a drop to ensure that my education was not affected,” said Kevin Parmar (20), James’ brother. Pushpalata Pawar, Secretary of Pune Divisional Board, said, “I am not aware about the case, but primarily it looks like the college is at fault. As the Environmental Science paper is held at college level, it was their responsibility to send his marks on time.” “If he has been declared as fail on the online marks list, the board cannot do anything. He will have to appear for the paper in October,” she added. Attempts to contact college authorities proved futile. 

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