In an effort towards embracing the ‘third gender’ with open arms, Delhi University (DU) is all to initiate an inclusivity campaign to enroll more transgender students, ahead of the upcoming admissions this year.
Interestingly, despite being DU introducing the “third gender” category in 2015, till date no transgender student has taken admission in any regular program offered by the university.
To change the statistic from this year, Transgender Resource Centre (TRC) of Delhi University, which was established in 2018, is planning to reach out directly and ease out the admission process for the students who are identified as transgender.
“We have not been able to get the students to visit the centre for counseling and guidance, hence, this year we are planning to take the centre to the aspirants. The outreach programmes will include student volunteers and NGOs working for the transgender community, who will connect with students and motivate them to enroll here,” said Mr. Rajesh, professor, Department of Adult and Continuing Address Education and Extension.
“NACO and state societies have several centres across the country and many transgender youngsters visit these centres for various issues. We aim to utilise these resources for educational intervention where we get access to people belonging to the third gender,” he added while talking about TRC’s partnership with National Aids Control Organisation.
Under the outreach program, the university aims to provide help regarding the online admission process, demonstrations and counseling sessions to the students. Further, DU is also planning to engage dialogue with women professors and students to dissolve the rule that restricts a transgender student from taking admission into an all women’s college under the university.
It would not be an overstatement if we say that our education system will take a long time to enable itself for the integration of transgender students. At present, the sensitivity and awareness regarding the issues of transgender is sorely missed among the society.
However, DU’s initiative to reach out to transgender students for the admission process might pave the path in terms of bringing ‘third gender’ into limelight in the education system and further fight for their rights.