The teachers from various colleges of Delhi University (DU) have rebuffed the proposal of including Indian writer Chetan Bhagat’s novels into the university’s literature syllabus. The teachers dumped the idea saying that they do not consider Bhagat’s writings as literature and hence, it cannot be included in the curriculum. The snub has come after DU’s department of English proposed the idea of slotting in the novels of country’s much-celebrated writer in their syllabus. The same section of dissenting teachers also rejected Delhi University’s idea to incorporate a course dedicated to writing Facebook posts.
Delhi University has stalled a decision on the proposal and it was also reported that the panel discussing the issue observed that English department of the university often favours specific authors and publishers, and sometimes they even practice unjustified measures to slip in certain publications into syllabi.
After the meeting of the officials, a statement was released which read, “With DU’s decision, many were upset over the introduction of Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone in the syllabus and all over the internet that includes Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook there were comments and counter comments on the story.”
While speaking to the PTI, an executive from the English Department of Delhi University said that any conclusion, whether Chetan Bhagat’s novels will be included in the course or not, that might come will not be implemented this academic session. The official further stated that there has been no deadline set up for the review committee to commence talks on this issue.
Chetan Bhagat is one of the highest celebrating authors in the country as he has sold more than seven million copies so far. In 2008, The New York Times cited Bhagat as “the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history”.