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DELHI UNIVERSITY RULES OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF ALTERATIONS IN THE SYLLABI OF ENGLISH AND HISTORY
Recently the UGCRC (Undergraduate Curriculum Revision Committee) has proposed few amendments in the syllabi of Subjects like History and English, of which, almost all were dismissed by the University. The Committee cited reasons such as the topics being ‘controversial’ for their removal.
But both the History and the English departments did not incorporate these changes, making only minor tweaks.
Let’s take a look at some of the changes suggested by the UGCRC:
In the English syllabus:
- Replacement of Meena Kandasamy’s “Touch” by Premchand’s “Shroud” irrespective of the fact that the paper for which this change was suggested was ‘Indian Writing in English’, whereas Premchand was primarily an Urdu writer.
- Replacement of Amitav ghosh’s “The shadow lines” by RK Narayan’s “Swami and friends” inspite of the fact that UGC’s LOFC demands the syllabus be more modern and contemporary.
- Expurgation of any references to IPTA (Indian people’s theatre association) and Jan Natya Manch e.g. the plays ‘Aurat’, ‘Procession’, etc. as they are supposedly “controversial.”
In the History syllabus:
- Inclusion of a unit on ‘Rise of Sikhs’ in the paper ‘history of India (1500-1600), even though the making of the Sikh Community belongs to another time period.
- Objection to the ‘dropping of Sher Shah Suri’, in spite of the fact the Department did this to avoid a King- or Dynasty-centric syllabus.
- Objection to the fact that in the ‘History of India (1200-1500)’ paper, Delhi Sultanate has been over-emphasized. These allegations come when there are 4 units with 15 sub-rubrics, out of which only 3 are concerned with the Delhi Sultanate and its sources.
- Allegations that regional empires like Vijaynagar Empire are not taught thoroughly, while they are already taught in many rubrics.
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