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Monday, February 21, 2011

Education for all: Transgenders hail quota in BU post graduate courses

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Bangalore University has opened its gates for transgenders. The university has reserved quota of one seat in each of the 52 post-graduate (PG) courses that it offers. It has become the first varsity in India to do so. Insiders say that the authorities are girding up to make adjustments in the system to accommodate new students. From this year, changes have been made in the application format. Apart from the 'male' and 'female' categories, the application form will have a 'TG' (transgender) option too. Also, the university is building separate toilets and rest rooms for transgender students.

N Prabhu Dev, vice-chancellor, Bangalore University, says: 'The transgender quota is not a transferable one. Even if the reserved seats are not filled, others cannot fill it. This reservation is meant only for transgenders, and it is not beyond rules and regulations.' The historic move has been appreciated by all. The transgender community is happy with it. 'We welcome it,' says Akkai ' an activist of Sangama, an organisation of transgender.

Estha Aruna, principal of Cathedral college, is all praise for the university and vice chancellor for taking such a positive step. 'This section of society has to be treated as human beings,' says Professor S. A. Javed, students' Welfare Dean of Kuvempu University.

Some teachers and activists want this facility to be extended to under graduation level as well. BES College principal Padmashali says more needs to be done. 'Reserving a few seats will not solve the larger social problem.'

From an early age transgenders face problem in society. 'Their harassment starts at high school level when they are not given admissions. Due to prevailing bias in society they are chucked out of homes. They live a difficult life. With little support it is extremely difficult for them to continue their education. If the government is really serious in addressing the issue then it should first tackle the situation at the grass roots,' says a coordinator of the transgender community.

Many organisations, including Sangama and Samara, have been demanding a separate welfare board and funds for welfare schemes for the community.

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