From a Correspondent
JORHAT, May 6: Jorhat College (Amalgamated) is learnt to have become the first college of eastern India when it took the historic decision to admit Third gender/ transgender into its classes. The college took the bold step forward in honour of relevant Supreme Court Verdict, Parliament decision and above all, the call of humanity and equality.
Dr. Devabrata Sharma, Principal of the College said in a press release on Wednesday that the proposal to open the gates of the college for the much humiliated, neglected and suppressed third gender was first made by him at a staff meeting attended by the teachers and employees on April 10. The staff extended unimous moral support to the path-breaking proposal.
The college introduced further fundamental changes into its admission form when it did away with Mrs/Miss against mes of women students. The Women Cell of the college proposed that instead of Mrs/Miss, Markers of married / unmarried women, only ‘Ms’ be introduced, which would denote only a woman, no more, no less. The college admission form has also done away with the ‘Race’ column, replacing it with Believer/Non believer column.
The thrust of the visiory changes, however, lies in the inclusion of third gender, which has made Jorhat College the first college in entire north-east India to do so after Jadavpur University and Fergusson College of Pune, the other institutions to herald it in other parts of the country. This bold step is inspired not merely by law or verdict, but rather by a conscientious call of humanity and equality, Dr. Sharma asserted. He urged upon other educatiol institutions to take similar steps.