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India appoints 1st transgender as head of college

first_img Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona KOLKATA, India (AP) — India has for the first time appointed a transgender as the principal of a college, a top education official said Wednesday.Manabi Banerjee, a transgender woman, will head the Krishnagar Women’s College in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, said Dipak K. Kar, chairman of an education panel that selects college principals in the state.Banerjee is expected to start her new job on June 9, Kar said. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Sponsored Stories “She has been teaching in a college for more than 20 years, and had the necessary administrative experience. She was chosen through the usual selection process,” said Kar.India’s transgender activists hailed the appointment as a proud day for a community that usually faces discrimination.“This is a proud moment for us. It’s great that people have begun accepting transgenders. Everybody should feel proud about this decision,” said Rudrani Chettri, director of Mitr Trust, a group working for transgender rights.Last year, India’s Supreme Court declared the transgender community as a legal third gender, granting them minority rights and privileges to education, employment and health benefits. Since then, some colleges have offered a choice in indicating their gender in application forms.Krishnagar Women’s College offers undergraduate courses in the sciences and humanities. It is located in Krishnanagar, a town about 105 kilometers (65 miles) north of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   last_img

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