The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) announced that it was going to offer fee waiver in all the academic programs available in the university to the transgender students. This act will help more than 4000 transgender students who don’t have the necessary qualifications.
According to M. Rajesh, the Regional Director of the Kochi center of IGNOU, the decision was made to allow the transgender students enter the mainstream. Apart from offering full fee exemption, all the study materials will also be provided free of cost to the transgender students enrolled in the academic programs of the IGNOU university.
He also added that they are expecting to attract more transgender students in the courses. Already 5 or 6 transgender students have inquired about the courses available. This scheme has been introduced across the country.
IGNOU Kochi has introduced new courses that are specifically designed for the transgender community; also for enhancing the skills of the transgender students that are already employed.
The fees of the courses range from Rs. 750 to Rs. 50,000.
The students who are eligible can apply for the diploma, post graduate certificate program, and PG diploma.
For transgender students who had to drop out of school due to discrimination, Bachelor Preparatory Program (BPP) has been introduced. BPP is for the students who don’t have Plus 2 qualification but would like to get a bachelor’s degree.
All the applications will have to be submitted online.
The aspiring students will have to upload their Aadhar card along with the required certificates.
The last date for the admission to the certificate program is 15th July.
For admission to a diploma, degree, post graduate, post diploma, and BPP, the last date for admission is 30th July.
The application for admission to the Computer Literacy Program (CLP) has to be submitted offline at the regional center.
The decision of the University is welcomed by the transgender community.
For any query, candidates are requested to check the official website
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