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In a Path Breaking Step, IGNOU Decides to Waive off Fees for Transgender Candidates

For the eligibility, either the certificate issued from the central or state government, or a medical officer will have to be submitted by the candidates or they could produce their Aadhaar cards.

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More inclusivity for transgender students in India!
The Indira Gandhi National Open University or IGNOU has taken another progressive decision of wavering fees for transgender students.

The University is India’s largest institute for open and distance learning.

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For the eligibility, either the certificate issued from the central or state government, or a medical officer will have to be submitted by the candidates or they could produce their Aadhaar cards.

Following the notification by the University on Thursday, all the regional centres have been informed through the student registration. Formal announcement is slated for tomorrow.

According to Rakesh Sharma, who is the Assistant Registrar in the Vice Chancellor’s office, a large number of transgender students have been taking admission at the institute this year. The total number of students will be consolidated once admissions close in August.


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This is not the first time IGNOU has taken a path-breaking step for the transgender community.

Even before the legal implementation of ‘third gender’ status for the community by the Supreme Court in 2014, the university had already been offering the option of ‘other’ gender category in their admission forms since 2012.

You can apply for admissions at IGNOU here.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey’s Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.