Ahead of the upcoming admissions, Delhi University to initiate inclusivity campaign to enrol more transgender students
Established in 2018, Transgender Resource Centre (TRC) of Delhi University (DU) is now planning to reach out directly and ease out admission process of students identified as transgender. Though DU had introduced the 'third gender' category in 2015, no transgender student has enrolled in any regular programme offered by the varsity till date.
Rajesh, professor, department of Adult and Continuing Address Education and Extension, under which the centre operates, says, "We have not been able to get the students to visit the centre for counselling and guidance, hence, this year we are planning to take the centre to the aspirants. The outreach programmes will include student volunteers and NGOs working for the transgender community, who will connect with students and motivate them to enrol here."
TRC has partnered with the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO), Delhi and Haryana state aids control societies to identify locations for outreach programmes. "NACO and state societies have several centres across the country and many transgender youngsters visit these centres for various issues. We aim to utilise these resources for educational intervention where we get access to people belonging to the third gender," adds Rajesh while talking to Education Times.