Being 21st century people we can consider our self to be much capable for taking things into a positive way, we live in the society of men and women. What about the third gender, we never take them as a part of our society, don’t they deserve the right of education?
Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) has decided to provide free education to transgenders from its July session. So now the transgenders desiring to pursue a course in tourism or psychology have a helping hand. IGNOU is encouraging the third gender to pursue higher studies, the main motive behind this is to bringing the universalisation and democratisation in education. So far IGNOU has provided free education to sex workers, jail inmates and weavers.
Manorama Singh the regional director, Lucknow, said “free education to transgenders will be provided across the country.” There are over 3,000 study centres and 54 regional centres in India. In UP alone, there are close to 150 study circles. “We have sought help from transgender activists. Our target is to get enrolled at least five transgenders this time. The idea is to promote education among the third gender,” said Singh.
Singh said, “like other students, transgenders can enroll in any programme of their choice, and all kind of help will be extended to them during the course tenure.”