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IGNOU to exempt transgender from course fee

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The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has announced the fee waiver for transgender students.

The initiative was announced by the University’s Vice Chancellor Ravindra Kumar during 22nd Prof G Ram Reddy Lecture, said a release.

In the memory of founding vice chancellor Prof G Ram Reddy, IGNOU, on July 2 every year, organises the lecture. The lecture witnesses eminent educationists and scholars to deliberate lecture on higher education, especially in the open and distance learning domain.

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The chief guest at the lecture, JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, asked the teaching community to give precedence to quality of life rather standard of living.

Former VC of Telangana’s Kakatiya University Y Vaikuntham was also present who advocated to spend at least 6 per cent of the GDP on education.

“The government should give freedom and spend 6 per cent of the GDP on education. Main thrust should be to devise effective strategies to address the challenges to the growth of education in India and to realise the potential of the country’s demographic dividend as envisaged in the national education policy of 2016,” said Vaikuntham.

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