CU introduces third gender option in admisison forms

Kolkata, Nov 22 (PTI) The University of Calcutta hasincluded the Third Gender option in its admission forms fromthe next academic session, Vice-Chancellor Sonali ChakrabortyBanerjee said on Friday.

Along with male and female, the admission forms forpost-graduate and under-graduate courses in the universitywill now have the option of Third Gender, Banerjee told PTI.

The decision to include the option was taken after anotice by the University Grants Commission (UGC) called forthe inclusion of Transgender as Third Gender in variousscholarships and fellowships, she said.

'As per the judgement of the Hon'ble Supreme Court ofIndia, Transgender will be included as a third gender underthe various scholarships/fellowship schemes of UGC,' thenotice said.

Responding to the demand of the present time, theuniversity felt that there should not be any discrimination inhigher education facilities on the basis of someone's sex,Chakraborty said.

Till now, candidates had to tick in a box to denotethe applicant's sex - male or female - while filling up theadmission form of the university. PTI SUSNN NN