For transgenders desiring to pursue a course in tourism or psychology, help is right at hand. Encouraging the third gender to pursue higher studies, the Indira Gandhi National Open University(IGNOU) has decided to provide free education to transgenders from its July session. The move is aimed at bringing universalisation and democratisation in education. So far, IGNOU provided free education to sex workers, jail inmates and weavers.
According to regional director, Lucknow, Manorama Singh, free education to transgenders will be provided across the country. There are over 3,000 study centres and 54 regional centres in India. In UP alone, there are close to 150 study circles. "We have sought help from transgender activists. Our target is to get enrolled at least five transgenders this time. The idea is to promote education among the third gender," said Singh.