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Mamata Banerjee government to include Swami Vivekananda’s famous 1893 speech in Class IX to XII syllabus from next year

Kolkata: The West Bengal government, on Wednesday, decided to include Swami Vivekananda’s famous speech at the Parliament of World’s Religion in Chicago in the Class IX to XII syllabus from next year, state education minister Partha Chatterjee said.

File picture of Swami Vivekananda. Image courtesy: www.belurmath.org

File image of Swami Vivekananda. Image courtesy: www.belurmath.org

The proposal to include Vivekananda’s speech was given by the representatives of the Ramakrishna Mission at the first meeting held by the committee, which was constituted to look after the celebrations of 125 years of Vivekananda’s address at the Parliament of World’s Religion in Chicago in 1893, held at the secretariat on Wednesday.

The meeting was presided by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee amid the presence of Chatterjee and other senior officials. The syllabus committee will take the final call on the inclusion of the leader’s speech. The state government also decided to grant another Rs 10 crore to the Mission for the proposed Centre of Excellence.  Earlier, the state had granted another Rs 10 crore for the same.

Incidentally, the state government had decided to conduct character-building programmes in schools as part of the celebrations of 125 years of Vivekananda’s address at the Parliament of World’s Religion in Chicago.


Updated Date: Mar 09, 2018 08:59 AM

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