West Bengal School Syllabus Revamp Committee chairman Aveek Majumdar said that there was an informal discussion between him and Education Minister Bratya Basu on incorporating the luminaries in the syllabus.

Majumdar said, "We just had a casual and informal discussion...we have not submitted any formal proposal yet. The Minister has said that they could go forward with the thought in the future. We can include the chapter either in history or any of the two compulsory language papers, Bengali or English," added Majumdar.

Confirming the discussion, Basu said that the department will take a decision once a formal proposal was submitted to it.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first non-white president, died on December 5 at the age of 95, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sachin Tendulkar, the iconic Indian batsman retired on November 16 after playing his 200th Test match in Mumbai.

At present, Tendulkar's name features in Class V English textbooks while Mandela only finds mention as an anti-apartheid leader in the Classes X and XI history syllabi.

Earlier, the committee introduced former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly as part of a project work in Bengali for Classes XI and XII.


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