Facebook has already taken steps to cut off advertising revenues to news sites promoting misinformation. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
The Delhi University is now planning to teach its English literature students "how to write Facebook posts". 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 honors 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.
"The proposed components will be part of the Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC). 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.
The varsity had recently proposed adding best-selling author Chetan Bhagat's debut novel "Five Point Someone" as a "General Elective" paper for students of honours courses other than English, a choice that drew sharp and witty reactions on the social media.
Here are some of them:
Chetan Bhagat's novel has been included in Delhi University's English syllabus just so that the students know what NOT to do in life.— Bombay High Court (@2OFFICIAL4YOU) April 25, 2017
My sympathies with all who studied hard to get into Delhi university. Only to be told that a Chetan Bhagat book is part of the course.😂— Crossbow (@Liquorags) April 25, 2017
The irony of making Chetan bhagat part of your ENGLISH syllabus.— Sanjana ~blue tick~ (@poisonaavi) April 25, 2017
The consequent irony of listing Delhi University under your Education.
Morning News - Chetan Bhagat's novel included in Delhi University's English syllabus— Swami (@mohitraj) April 25, 2017
Evening News - Delhi University Website hacked