For the first time in its history, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University has reserved seats for transgenders. The seats would be reserved under the Most Backward Class Category (MBC), TNAU Vice-Chancellor Prof K Ramasamy said, adding this is being done for the first time in the varsity’s history. Online application for 13 science and technology degree programmes in 14 constituent colleges and 18 affiliated private colleges across the state would open on May 12 and the last date for online application is June 11.
The process of selection of candidates would begin with publication of the rank list on June 20. There were 2,600 seats in the programmes, with 1,220 in constituent colleges and 1,380 in affiliated colleges, with 65 per cent counselling and 35 per cent management quota. Under special reservations, 18 seats are reserved for differently-abled, including transgender and ex-servicemen.
All this gives a new hope to transgender community who has been struggling for recognition and rights in the society since time unmemorable. This surely boost up their spirit and carve way towards their better stature in the society.
By – Nikita Goel