Transgender students to get free education in Maharashtra public universities

Higher and technical education minister Chandrakant Patil asked the universities to bear the entire fees of transgender students.

Maharashtra government announced free education for transgender students (Representational Image: Wikimedia Commons)Maharashtra government announced free education for transgender students (Representational Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Press Trust of India | December 6, 2023 | 09:02 PM IST

MUMBAI: Public universities in Maharashtra have agreed to provide free education to students from transgender community as suggested by the state government, a statement said. Accordingly, such students will get free education in these universities and allied colleges.

In an interaction with vice-chancellors of the state universities on Tuesday, Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil asked the universities to bear the entire fees of transgender students from their funds. "All vice-chancellors unanimously accepted the appeal made by the minister (to provide free education to the students of the transgender community,” a statement said. The meeting attended by senior officials of the Higher and Technical Education Department also reviewed the progress under the New Education Policy (NEP).

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