Sridevi is Mum­bai univ’s first trans­gen­der stu­dent

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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

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