Free Education To Transgender Students In Maharashtra

In the varsities and allied colleges...

Public universities in the state have agreed to provide free education to students from the transgender community.

The decision has been taken following the suggestion of the state government to fund the studies of students belonging to the transgender community.

As reported by news agency PTI, in an interaction with vice-chancellors of the state universities, Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil asked the varsities to bear the entire fees of transgender students from their funds.

The report further added that all vice-chancellors have unanimously accepted the appeal made by the minister to provide free education to the students of the transgender community. These students will get free education in the varsities and allied colleges.

The SC recognized transgender people as a third gender in 2014. After the decision, the CBSE and a few other state boards added transgender as a separate category along with male and female.

However, many other state boards are still awaiting 'requests' from transgenders to create a category for them.

According to the 2011 census, there are 4.88 lakh transgender people in the country, and the literacy rate is 56.1 percent.

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 says transgender children are Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Groups (SEDGs).

The Union government has urged all state and national education boards to provide equitable quality education for all transgender students.

Edited By: Arusha Farooq

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