Apart from accepting applications in the ‘other’ gender category, there is not much encouragement for the students from this section in the Delhi University as there is no specific facilities given to them to encourage joining the university. The transgender students were barred from taking admission in women’s colleges last year, when a single policy decision related to such students were taken by the university.
The member of admission committee and Principal of the Aryabhatta College said, “This rule remains unchanged. Any other policy decision, such as reservation, percentage benefits or infrastructure upgrades was not discussed specifically. If need be then the university will provide infrastructure and other requirement.” Due to the lack of facilities and other benefits offered to such students, they feel not that interested to join the university. Last year, 66 applicants applied under the category, but none of them finally joined any of the courses in the university because they could not meet the high cut-off marks of the Delhi University. They were not happy with the facilities provided to them as well. The number of applicants this year so far has dropped to six.
The Adult, Continuing Education and Extension department of the university put forward the data that in the last session no student from this category took admission and said it could be because of the lack of supporting infrastructure, grievance committees, formal orientation programme and sensitization programme for students and their faculties.
One of the members who did a community outreach programme and a study in this regard Rajesh said, “There should be clear directives from the higher authorities such as UGC or the vice-chancellor for more trans-inclusive policies and resources. There is a need to revise the anti-discrimination policy in the light of transgender students.” A member of DU Queer Collective Rafiul said, “DU does not want to acknowledge the presence of transgender students. Since it is an open campus there is a need for elaborate sensitizing and creating awareness. Forget about infrastructure, the university first needs to put grievance redressal mechanism in place.”