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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2162
ANSWERED ON:  02.12.2019
Transgender Students
Anumula Revanth Reddy
Will the Minister of



HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-


(a) the University-wise details of Number of Transgender students studying in various
Central Universities of the country;
(b) the University-wise details of Number of Transgender Teaching Staffs in various
Central Universities of the country;
(c) the University-wise details of Number of Transgender Non-Teaching Staffs in various
Central Universities of the country;
(d) the Year-wise details of steps taken during last five years to ensure increase in
participation of the transgender community in the higher education; and
(e) the details of further measures being taken by the Government for the same?


ANSWER

MINISTER OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
(SHRI RAMESH POKHRIYAL ‘NISHANK’)

(a) to (c) : As informed by the Central Universities under administrative control of Ministry
of Human Resource Development, no Transgender student is studying in these
Universities except Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) where a total of 814
Transgender students have been enrolled during the last 5 years. There is no Transgender
Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff in various Central Universities of the country.
(d) & (e) : University Grants Commission (UGC) has taken following actions to ensure
increase in participation of the transgender communities in the higher education:
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1. The forms/proforma of all the schemes being operated by UGC to have a column
for the Transgender in gender category.
2. UGC has communicated to Universities from time to time:
a) to include a column for Transgender category in all application forms/academic
testimonial and all other relevant documents processed by them and as well as
their affiliated colleges;
b) to include Transgender as a third gender under the various
scholarships/fellowships schemes of UGC;
c) to take other affirmative action to get the transgender students adequately
acclimatized without facing fear, stigma or shame;
d) to encourage the faculty members to undertake major research projects funded
by the UGC on the life and culture of the Transgender community;
e) to chalk out an action plan for the issues pertaining to transgender persons.
3. The Transgender community is permitted to appear in the UGC NET under same
category with the same relaxation in fee, age, eligibility conditions and qualifying
criteria for NET as are available to SC/ST/PWD categories.
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