CBSE postpones Class 10 Boards exams for shooter Anish Bhanwala
In a first, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has rescheduled three Class 10 Board exam papers for India's emerging shooter Anish Bhanwala. The CBSE has postponed his Hindi, Social Science and Mathematics papers to April 16, 17 and 18 on the Sports Authority of India and the National Rifle Association of India's special request. Read on for more.
Who is Anish Bhanwala?
The 15-year-old Haryana boy won gold in last year's ISSF Junior Shooting World Championship's Junior Men's 25m Standard Pistol competition. Anish set a world-record score of 579, elevating India to second the second spot in the overall standings. He had also bagged a gold and a bronze at an international meet in Pilzen, Czech Republic the same year.
Exams rescheduled to accommodate a prodigy
Anish did not write Tuesday's Hindi exam. He will also have to miss the Social Science and Mathematics exams scheduled for March 22 and March 28 respectively, because he will return to India only after the Commonwealth Games in April, reported PTI. He will sit for the exams hours after returning to India from his maiden ISSF World Cup in Mexico.
Which tournaments will he be competing in now?
After defeating ace shooter Gurpreet Singh at the nationals and performing well in the trials at Tughlakabad's Karni Singh ranges, Anish is all set to compete at the final of men's 25m rapid fire pistol in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is in the India team for ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney (March 19-29), and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast (March 30-April 15).
Anish's parents grateful to CBSE
Anish's father Jagpal Bhanwala, whose tireless toil is behind CBSE's decision, told PTI, "Isn't it unfortunate that children have to choose between studies and sports? We are grateful to the Sports Ministry, Sports Authority of India, the national federation, CBSE and his school." Delighted, he added, "That's how such cases should be dealt with in the future."