It was in 2014 that Delhi University (DU) had first admitted nine students from the transgender community to post-graduate courses. This time, 17 students have registered themselves.
Entrance test results will tell how many will be admitted to different courses.
“There has been an increase this year in the number of applicants from the other/transgender community,” said a university official.
In the undergraduate programme, it is only this year that the “other” category was introduced in the optical mark recognition (OMR) forms. So far, this category has seen no registrations.
In October 2014, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had sent a letter to all central universities to make provisions to include an “other” category for the transgender community in all application forms, academic testimonials and other documents. The universities were asked to notify the same to all its affiliated colleges.
Following the University Grants Commission (UGC) directive, all other universities followed suit and introduced the “Other” section in their admission forms.
Jamia Millia Islamia had two transgender applicants this year. However, to make higher education institutions accessible to the members of the community, UGC had asked universities and colleges to build transgenderfriendly infrastructure like washrooms and restrooms.
The University Grants Commission had even suggested on introducing chapters borrowed from research on the transgender community to be introduced in the curriculum at all levels of study as a mandatory component of credit.