The Rajasthan higher education department has asked all the government and private universities to incorporate changes in their admission policy to benefit females and transgenders.
The government’s move is a part of its goal of socially inclusive approach towards higher education.
To increase female representation in co-ed colleges, 3% bonus marks will be given to them during admission, the government circular said.
For graduation, no candidate is allowed to take admission if there is a gap of more than two years after the qualifying examination. But, this provision has been relaxed for female candidates.
Transgenders can get admission on the minimum passing grade and over and above the allotted seats. A proclamation by the candidate regarding his/her gender should suffice as a basis for his/her admission, the circular said.
Pushpa, the state coordinator of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) community, says the transgenders should first get held at school levels.
“They (transgenders) can only seek admission under male or female category in schools. If we are not helped at school level, how can we avail opportunities at colleges?” she asked.
On April 15, 2014, the Supreme Court passed a verdict recognising transgenders as the ‘third gender’. The judgment said lack of formal recognition had only furthered their exclusion and hindered the extension of education and employment opportunities to them. It also told the central government to treat transgenders as a socially and economically backward community.
Several universities across the country have come up with policies to benefit transgenders. For instance, the Jadavpur University in West Bengal has included a separate column for the third gender in its admission forms .
Pushpa said the changes in the Rajasthan higher education admission policy had only been made on paper and she would wait for their implementation.
SCs, STs, OBCs, Pakistani refugees, Kashmiri migrants, people with disabilities and children of servicemen are among other categories who will be beneficiaries of the changes in the admission policy.