In a first, CBSE gives shooter Anish Bhanwal special dates class X for board exams
In a first of its kind decision, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has accepted promising young shooter Anish Bhanwal's request to have three of his board exams conducted on special dates.
Confirming the development to Sportskeeda, Anish's father Jagpal Bhanwal said, "Anish had an exam on 6th March which, of course, he missed. The other exams are scheduled on 12th, 16th, 22nd, 28th. Now, he will be back after the senior World Cup just in time to appear for his exams on 12th and 16th. However, he has to leave for Sydney again after 16th.
"So, we put in a request with the school and the CBSE and approached the Sports Ministry and SAI. Thanks to everyone's consideration, now it is all sorted and Anish won't have to miss any exams."
The 15-year-old pistol shooter is having to miss three of his Standard X board exams because of his international schedule. He is currently in Mexico, participating in his first senior ISSF World Cup in Mexico after of which he will travel to Australia to take part in the ISSF Junior World Cup. Then, of course, there is the Commonwealth Games in early April.
He missed his Hindi paper on 6th and is also set to miss Social Science and Mathematics on March 22 and 28. However, after Anish had approached SAI last month, the sporting body coordinated with the CBSE and now, the youngster has been given special dates for the three subjects.
He will appear for the three exams on 16th, 17th and 18th April, just after he returns from the Commonwealth Games and just before he leaves for the Junior World Cup in Korea. It is tough for any youngster to deal with board exams, and in Anish's case, they are all crammed up.
When asked how his son will manage to study for the exams in between all the travelling and shooting, Jagpal replied, "I don't worry about that. Anish has always been good in his studies. It's a very hectic schedule but when you have two things to balance, that will always be a problem. From Mexico, he is arriving at 2 in the morning and will be appearing for his paper early morning! However, he has managed to find a way so far and hopefully, he will continue to do so."