The Maharashtra Education Department has decided to make a home for a Chapter on Sachin Tendulkar in the Curriculum of the State Board. The department came up with this decision a day after the legend took retirement from the international cricket right after playing his 200th yet final Test Match against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
"Sachin Tendulkar is an icon. He helped draw global attention to India. Future generations should know about him," said Rajendra Darda, Maharashtra Education Minister, on 17 November 2013. He said that they had held meetings and came up with the decision of adding a chapter on him in one of our textbooks soon."
The concerned officials have already discussed the issue, and the inclusion of the special chapter on the Cricket legend is certain, said the minister. However, which class and subject's curriculum will have the chapter is yet to be decided. The board will hold more meetings to decide the class and subject, said Darda.
The members of Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) had written a letter to the education department of the state last week, appealing for the addition of a chapter on Sachin Tendulkar in state board’s curriculum. "Sachin is known internationally for his talent. We are often known as people from his homeland. Many Indian legends have made their way into state board textbooks; this is to make sure that coming generations will remember them too. And, Sachin is one such legend," said Chetan Pednekar of MNVS. And now that the board has agreed to their request, Mr. Pednekar said his wing is happy with the decision of education department.