The undergraduate students of English Department in Delhi University will now have Chetan Bhagat’s first novel Five Point Someone and J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in their curriculum. As per an Indian Express report, the new syllabus was passed by the committee of courses last week. The recommendations will now be sent to academic and executive council for final clearance.
Decision to include these books in popular fiction has already drawn criticism, as some are saying these books are too ‘light’ for undergraduate level students. However, teachers of the English department have defended the decision. “Instead of having students struggle with works that are far removed from their life experiences, it’s eminently more rewarding for them to grapple with writers who raise contemporary social issues and concerns. I say this with a caveat though: How can you remove Amitav Ghosh and Rabindranath Tagore’s landmark novels and introduce Mr Bhagat?” said Debraj Mookerjee, who teaches English at Ramjas College.
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Two years back, Delhi University had removed Amitav Ghosh’s Shadow Lines from the syllabus after CBCS was introduced. Popular fiction is part of the general elective pool, of which Honours students have to choose four. Programme students can choose two of these. The syllabus was changed last time when the four-year undergraduate was introduced, which was scrapped later. New syllabus is part of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). After CBCS is introduced, students from other courses also have to choose elective subjects.