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B'lore varsity reserves seats for transgenders

By Mamatha

Bangalore, Jul 27: On Monday, Jul 26, the Bangalore University"s academic council has approved the proposals of opening admissions to transgenders to PG courses and to reserve seats for them.

Now the university will reserve one seat in each of the 60 post-graduate (PG) courses that it offers.

“The transgender quota is not a transferable one. Even if the reserved seats are not filled, others cannot fill it. This reservation is meant only for transgenders, and it is not beyond rules and regulations," said N Prabhu Dev, vice-chancellor, Bangalore University.

The university has also changed the application format. From this year, apart from the 'Male" and 'Female" categories, the application form will have a 'TG" (Transgender) option.

The university is also all set to address the personal needs of the transgenders, like constructing separate toilets, restrooms and accommodation facilities for them.

Bangalore University will be the first varsity in India to open admission as well as fix reservation for transgenders.

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