New Delhi: The proposal by Delhi University’s English department to include author Chetan Bhagat’s novels in the literature curriculum has hit a roadblock following opposition from teachers of various colleges.
The university has decided to put the proposal on hold and formed a review committee to recommend if it can be taken up in the next academic session.
“It was felt that there is arbitrariness in framing and modification of the syllabus. It has also come to light that the department has been in practice of favouring some authors and publishers, even by going out of the way of normal practice and justification,” read the minutes of meeting in which the panel was formed.
“It seems through the reactions which came after the proposal that all of a sudden one big change has been made in the undergraduate English course -introduction of Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone in the popular fiction paper of the syllabus. National dailies did considerable reporting on the issue, Twitter was ‘shocked’ with the news and Facebook and WhatsApp were no behind with comments and counter comments on the story,” the minutes added.