DU proposes paper on writing FB posts

University’s English department has sought feedback on recommendation

April 26, 2017 01:31 am | Updated 01:31 am IST - New Delhi

An Indian man surfs a Facebook page at an Internet cafe in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. India's telecoms regulator has essentially banned a Facebook program that sought to connect with low-income residents by offering free access to a limited version of the social network and other Internet services, as part of a ruling in favor of net neutrality. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

An Indian man surfs a Facebook page at an Internet cafe in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. India's telecoms regulator has essentially banned a Facebook program that sought to connect with low-income residents by offering free access to a limited version of the social network and other Internet services, as part of a ruling in favor of net neutrality. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

The Delhi University is now planning to teach its English literature students “how to write Facebook posts”.

The university had recently proposed adding a Chetan Bhagat as a ‘General Elective’ paper for students of honours courses. The university wants Facebook posts writing to be part of a course on ‘academic writing’ with a core committee for the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in the varsity's English department recommending the same.

The department has sent a proposal detailing the recommendations to all the colleges teaching the honours course in literature studies and has sought feedback.

“Writing does not necessarily mean writing heavyweight non-fiction books or highly dramatised fiction. It also includes writing generic but important content properly such as that for blog posts, cover letters or for that matter Facebook posts,” a senior official of the English department said.

Deadline on May 1

“The proposed components will be part of the Skill Enhancement Courses. The final framework will be decided after receiving feedback from colleges, the deadline for which is May 1. The approved draft will then be placed before the Academic and Executive Council for the final nod,” she added.

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