Sridevi is Mumbai univ’s first transgender student
In a first for the city, a student who identifies herself as transgender is enrolled in the University of Mumbai (MU).
An interior designer and makeup artist by profession, 32-yearold Sridevi (her adopted name) is pursuing a BA (psychology) at the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL). While she has been a student at IDOL for the past one-and-a-half years, her decision to enrol herself as a transgender was revealed only recently.
The development comes three years after the University Grants Commission (UGC), the higher education regulator, directed universities and colleges to treat transgenders as third gender for the purpose of admission and various scholarship schemes and programmes. MU had introduced a Interior designer, make-up artist Sridevi is pursuing a BA in psychology at the Institute of Distance and Open Learning. separate ‘transgender’ column separately, recounts the painfully familiar in addition to traditional story of growing up as someone “male” and “female” columns in confused about her gender identity. 2015-16 — the same year Sridevi Brought up in a poor South registered at IDOL. Indian family residing in a city
There may be other such students slum, she found no support from at MU, but Sridevi is the first her own family, was abused in her to officially enrol as a transgender. all-boys school and college and
Sitting in her small cosmetics sexual harassed in her locality. shop in the city, Sridevi