JNU to Give Extra Points to Transgender Admissions

JNU to promote transgender admissions by including them in deprivation scale category.

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Transgenders to benefit in JNU admissions if the proposal is accepted. (Photo: Reuters)

After introducing the transgender option in the gender column of its admission forms, JNU is now considering granting five extra points to the applicants identifying themselves under this category.

The varsity has formed a committee to formulate a policy detailing the modalities of transgender admissions. The panel has come up with its recommendations which will be placed before the Academic Council for its approval.

JNU’s admission policy already has a provision for 5 “deprivation points” for females, Kashmiri migrants and applicants from the defence category.

We have proposed that five extra points be awarded to the students seeking admission under the category. If the proposal is passed, they will also be under the deprivation pointers category.

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Supreme Court judgement in 2014, declared transgender to be the third gender, the University Grants Commission (UGC) made it mandatory for all the colleges and universities to include third gender category as an option on the admission forms.

JNU had already set an example by introducing this option in the nomination forms for its students’ union elections.

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