LUCKNOW || In a first of its kind initiative the state of UP has taken the lead in aiding the opening of the first Transgender University at Kushinagar. From primary to higher education, students part of the sexual minority community will be able to live and study in a congenial atmosphere for free of cost. The University is being built at a cost of Rs 200 crore.
To be built in an area of 50 acres, it will be run by the Akhil Bharatiya Kinnar Seva Trust in Naktaha Mishra village of Kasaya tehsil of Kushinagar district.
The President of the trust, Krishna Mohan Mishra has said, “Many people, including Mahamandaleshwar Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, Shabnam Mausi of Kinnar Samaj have assured help in making this university. ”
The transgender community has welcomed Yogi Adityanath government’s decision and expressed happiness over the opening of the university. The decision has got a thumbs up from Laxmi Narain Tripathi of the Kinnar Akhara adding that it will help the community members make a life beyond dancing at weddings.
The first phase will begin with primary school. Thereafter, the junior high school, inter-college and then the university will be expanded, respectively. It will start studies from the next semester.
Education in the University will happen as per the CBSE board pattern. With its foundation laid, building construction will start from January. Once constructed, the process of admission will start. There will be a system of studying in all subjects from class one to PhD.
It will be the only such institute in India. In which people of the transgender community will be able to get higher education. The LGBTQA community has been sidelined everywhere.
In this university, not only India but trans people of any country of the world can take admission here. A letter has also been written to UNO to discuss this.
The nation has posted the sec 377 verdict seen rapid change in the approach towards transgenders. In the Calcutta University, a third gender option has been introduced in its admission forms. This many call the right approach to make education inclusive
Government data increasingly hints at how students from the transgender community prefer open universities over central universities in pursuing higher studies to avoid derision and discrimination.
As per a Lok Sabha reply – 814 transgender students have been enrolled during the last five years in Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and none in central universities. There is also no transgender teaching and non-teaching staff member in these universities.
As per All India Survey on Higher Education 2018-19, the total enrolment in higher education is pegged at 37.4 million with 19.2 million males and 18.2 million females. There is no mention of transgender people.
Reportedly, a total of 993 universities, 39,931 colleges and 10,725 standalone institutions are listed on the AISHE web portal under the HRD ministry. In addition, there is one central open university, 14 state open universities and one state private open university. There are also 110 dual-mode universities.