Govt set to link up with students of around 900 universities and 40,000 colleges on Facebook

Govt set to link up with students of around 900 universities and 40,000 colleges on Facebook

Srinagar: The New Delhi has sought to connect itself to the social media accounts of over 3 crore students of universities and colleges across the country to keep up with the “good work done” by them and the institutes, which has fuelled concern among several academics who see a “dangerous” design and have expressed fear that the information accessed from the accounts could be misused to profile the students on the basis of their perceived ideological leanings and filter them during faculty interviews reported the The Telegraph.

“The heads of all higher educational institutions have been asked to ensure that the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts of all the students are connected to the social media platforms of the institute, other such establishments and the human resource development ministry,” it reported.
The request was conveyed to the higher education institutes through a letter sent on Wednesday by the secretary of the department of higher education, R. Subrahmanyam. Around 900 universities and 40,000 colleges in the country are expected to be covered.
The letter said the objective behind the connectivity initiative was propagation of the achievements of the students and the institutes using the social media platforms.