India is ready for its first ‘university solely for transgender people’ in Uttar Pradesh. The foundation stone has already been laid down recently by the BJP MP Ramapati Ram Tripathi. This university will solely be for the transgender community, this is an initiative taken by Akhil Bhartiya Kinnar Shiksha Seva Trust (All India Transgender Education Service Trust).
The University is first of its kind for the country. This university will allow transgender people to study right from class one to PG and can even research and get a PhD degree. “It is the first of its kind in the country where members of the transgender community will be able to get an education, and the process has already been initiated. From January 15 next year, two children who are brought up by community member will get admission and from February and March, other classes will start,” President of the trust Dr Krishna Mohan said.
Many came to support for this university, NGO Kinnar Maa Trust started reaching out people individually to persuade them to take admissions. Salma Khan who is Mumbai first transgender to become a member of Mumbai District Suburban Legal Services Authority said: “We are hopeful that more colleges will introduce a third gender category to encourage transgender to study, all they need is the friendly environment”. These steps can also help in increase in the number of jobs available for them. With such initiative recently, there is a hope of growth of status of transgender in Indian Society.