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UGC said Universities to make Transgenders feel free in Campus

Feb 17, 2015 12:49 IST

    In order to make the transgender students comfortable while pursuing their studies and to incorporate them more into the mainstream studies, the UGC has noticed all the universities to take all the adequate measures to make transgender students feel free at the campus.

    Jaspal Sandhu, UGC Secretary addressed all the University Vice Chancellors under UGC through a letter, in which he mentioned that there should be safeguarding of human rights of transgender students around the universities. This would help the students to get into the mainstream society more effectively and efficiently through education.

    Last year in the month of July, UGC had notified the transgender as third gender and gave them all the rights to become eligible for applying to various scholarship schemes and fellowship programmes to attain higher education goals. This was a major boost in the confidence for these students who were long ostracized in our country, even though the Supreme Court has long declared transgenders to be officially called as third genders.

    There is a need of research and understanding of the transgender subculture at large in our country and this could help people getting out of various myths that are keep circulated in the popular discourse.

    Selvi, who is a transgender activist working as a temporary physiotherapist in GH said that the government should provide jobs to all transgenders registered with the employment exchange and make the jobs of temporary workers permanent. This will help develop positive examples within the community and encourage other younger transgenders to attend college and aim for a better future. The health minister and secretary have promised me a permanent job, and this is a step in the right direction.

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