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Co-ed engineering institutes will now include transgenders: AICTE

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided that a “co-ed institution” will no longer means an institution that admits just boys and girls but from now on, it will also include transgender students.

The AICTE has included new definition for educational institutions in its 2017-18 approval process handbook. The handbook provides norms and standards for grant of approvals to technical institutions. There are over 3,000 registered engineering institutes under the AICTE.

The move will ensure that each institution will make it easier for transgender students to apply for technical courses without facing any discrimination, said Anil Sahasrabudhe, AICTE chairman. “This has to be followed by every institute,” he added.

“There was an earlier communication from the HRD ministry regarding this and we have now included this in the approval handbook so that every institute can maintain data separately. It will also ensure that transgender students don’t face any discrimination,” said a senior official as per a report in HT.

The Supreme Court had said in 2014 that transgenders would be permitted admission in educational institutions. It also said that they should be given employment on the basis that they belonged to the third gender category.

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