KOLKATA- There has been a novel breakthrough occurred for the transgender community of India as the first transgender principal has been appointed in a college belonging to the state West Bengal.
A transgender Manabi Bandopadhyay, who underwent an operation to become a woman in 2003 has been appointed as a principal of the Krishnagar Women’s College and would be there at the helm of affairs on 9th June 2015.
She is currently working as an associate professor of Bengali at the Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya College.
The transgender activists in India have applauded the decision and termed the day of appointment as a ‘proud day’ for community which always suffer from discrimination.
It is pertinent to mention here that last year the Supreme Court of India had given the status of third legal gender to transgender. Furthermore, they were granted the minority rights, privileges to education, employment and health benefits.
As far as the attitude of students and professors is concerned, they are very excited to welcome their new principal. As the assistant professor of geography at the college where Manabi is going to take charge says “Manabi Bandopadhyay is a strong individual. She has faced many upheavals. We are optimistic about the development of the college during her tenure. She is a celebrity and her sexual orientation isn’t an issue for us.”
A student Payal Mallick considers her an inspiration and deem her coming to college as good news. The technical education minister Ujjal Biswas gave the reason for her appointment that they really needed a strong personality to run the college smoothly.
“It is not a post that I sought after. My 92 year old father lives in Naihati. I took up this offer because I knew it will help me stay close by and look after him. My new colleagues had seen me on television but I had only heard their voices. I wanted to meet them personally before joining.” Manabi comments.
According to the Education Minister Partha Chatterjee this decision was taken by College Service Commission.
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