Last year I posted about India allowing people to choose "Other" on voter registration when it comes to gender and Pakistan legally recognizing hijra as a third sex. Now Bangalore University will allow students to apply as "TG" for transgender, and reserve a seat in post-graduate courses for TG students:
The varsity's academic council meeting on Monday unanimously approved the proposals of opening admissions to transgenders to PG courses and to reserve seats for them. This makes Bangalore University the first in India to open admissions as well as fix reservation for transgenders.
It in fact is already gearing up to make adjustments to accommodate its new students.
More after the jump.
The university has changed the application format. From this year, apart from the 'Male' and 'Female' categories, the application form will have a 'TG' (Transgender) option.
"The transgender quota is not a transferable one. Even if the reserved seats are not filled, others cannot fill it. This reservation is meant only for transgenders, and it is not beyond rules and regulations," said N Prabhu Dev, vice-chancellor, Bangalore University.
I like how the affirmatively helping hand is reached out right along with recognition. Here in America, even the abstract idea that people who have faced centuries of oppression should be helped is scapegoated as the reason everyone else has less, even by leaders of the ostensible party of the people.
While I won't judge how other countries organize themselves around gender, but what do people think about a system like this in the US? As a good liberal arts college student, of course I believe that gender markers should just be done away with at universities. But if they're going to try to deal with anti-trans discrimination, having a box for transgender people to check that can be checked along with another box doesn't seem like a bad idea.