Pune: In a bid to promote quality education to transgenders, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has waived off the programme fee for transgender students from this new academic year.
The students can enroll into any of the academic programmes offered by the university without payment of the fee.
Social activists from Pune have welcomed the move stating that this will enhance the opportunity for the right to education for the transgender community.
“This is the latest decision taken by the university for the welfare of the transgender community. There are many transgender students who are forced to drop out from colleges because of bullying and other harassment faced in the colleges. This platform will enable the transgender community to get educated and lead a decent life,” said senior Regional Director of IGNOU, Masood Parveez.
Transgender rights’ activists Laxmi Tripathi said, “This is a considerate and positive move taken by the university, keeping in mind that there are several challenges a transgender has to face daily to seek a normal life. They are bullied by their peers in college while there are few who have no financial support from home to seek education because their parents have abandoned them due to their gender identity.
Big relief step
“This will relief many transgenders on the monetary front as few earn their living by doing odd jobs. Also, IGNOU has set an example for other universities who can at least provide some incentives to promote education among the transgender community,” said President of Samapathik Trust, Bindumadhav Khire. Khire also said that the community should reciprocate with more zeal and avail the given opportunities.
Eligibilty for exemption
- To be eligible, the transgender candidates will have to submit a certificate from the Central or State Government or a Medical Officer, or their Aadhaar Cards. Admission for the July 2017 session is open till July 31, 2017.
- IGNOU has been exempting fee for its learners who are jail inmates, weavers, flesh workers and SC/ST community. This has enabled a large number of students to get enrolled in IGNOU programme, which otherwise they could not do due their poor financial conditions.