Follow us

Lifestyle

IGNOU waives course fee for transgender students

The times they are a-changing

Ujjainee Roy @UjjaineeRoy 4 July 2017, 6:19 PM
In a monumental move, India has taken a step back

In a monumental move, India has taken a step back Image: AFP

In a pathbreaking move, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has decided to waive fees for all courses for its transgender students. IGNOU vice chancellor Ravindra Kumar announced the move during the 22nd annual Prof G Ram Reddy Lecture recently. The candidates only need to provide basic identity proof, and they can be a part of any programme in the university. For free.

"The competent authority is pleased to approve fee exemption in all programmes for transgender candidates. Any certificate issued by the central/state government/medical officer/any other competent authority/ Aadhaar card, etc may be sought for the purpose," the university released a notification recently, which was by the Registrar of the Student Registration Division. The move is being hailed as a trailblazer for the Indian education system, and has been unanimously applauded.

IGNOU
(Source: ignou.ac.in)

Kumar also said that he hoped the move would encourage more transgender students to apply for their programmes, according to a The Indian Express report. Kumar, who made the announcement regarding the fee waiver during a lecture on Sunday, said the university had already received applications from around 100 transgenders.

IGNOU is not just the largets open university of India, but also one of the premium distant learning centres of the country. The free courses would make higher education a more accessible option for people from the transgender community, especially those who lack the means for it. You can find more details here.

Read more:

6-Pack Band, India's first transgender band, performs at Cannes Lions

It's Pride Month. Can you really be proud of your LGBTQ awareness?

Kami Sid, Pakistan's first transgender model, refuses to leave her homeland

Trending stories

BACK TO TOP
We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website by showing you relevant ads and content. By continuing your navigation, you accept the placement and use of cookies. To learn more about cookies and/ or to opt-out of these services, please see our Cookie Policy.