The Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) has decided to exempt transgender students from payment of fee from this academic year.
Students can get enrolled to any of the academic programmes without paying a penny against the procurement of a certificate from the union or state government or a medical officer. Aadhaar cards stating their gender can also be used as proof.
Admission for the July 2017 session is open till 31st July. The move is aimed at the welfare of the transgender community. This will enable transgenders get education and lead a decent life, said an official statement from Ignou.
"Fearing discrimination and bullying by peers, many of them are reluctant to join regular colleges. So we have decided to offer them free courses," said Masood Parveez, Senior Regional Director, Ignou Regional Centre pune.