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July 28, 2010 10:00 AM The Transgender Slot

By Daniel Luzer

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Wonder what Ward Connerly would make of this one.

Apparently one Indian college, Bangalore University, will now reserve one place in each academic department for a transgender student. According to an article in The Hindu:

A historic decision to reserve one seat each in its 52 postgraduate departments for transgenders… were among the key resolutions approved by Bangalore University’s Academic Council here on Monday.
Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev said the provision to reserve seats for transgenders under the supernumerary quota would be in addition to the existing reservation. “It will lapse if nobody comes forward,” he said.

Unlike in America, Indian governmental hiring and universities admissions function under a direct quota system. Schools and departments legally maintain specific spots for Indians who are members of discriminated minority groups.

Last year one Indian state, Tamil Nadu, officially recognized transgender people as a third gender. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer