DU Professors Call English Syllabus Controversy “Politically Motivated”

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Around 80 English professors of Delhi University issued a statement expressing disapproval about the controversy regarding the revised English syllabus and called it “politically motivated“.

The Undergraduate Curriculum Revision Committee suggested that the English department should consider removing some papers which are seen as “controversial”. In fact, UGCRC suggested that poet Meena Kandasamy should be replaced by Premchand, Amitav Ghosh by R.K. Narayan, etc. In clear words, any reference of the Indian People’s Theatre Association or Jan Natya Manch, should be removed.

Dr. Raj Kumar, Head of Department confirmed that the whole process of revising the syllabus began in 2017. This included a series of General Body Meetings for more than 3000 hours with more than 120 professors from 52 colleges.

One of the English professors who teach in Kirori Mal College, Rudrashish Chakradorty was quoted as saying, “Technically, the syllabus should be discussed between the professors who teach the respective subject. But, the objections are coming from those who are not English professors. So, are they legitimate enough to comment regarding this issue ? I guess, not.”

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